DESPITE taking some time off from touring, electronic producers Flight Facilities are proving they are still relevant.
Earlier this year, the duo sold out a run of dates around the country and within four months they’ve done it again, with their eight-show All Your Love Tour having to stretch out to 13 to accommodate fans.
“It felt really strange,” Hugo Gruzman said.
“Because we’ve been off the road for so long, you start to feel a little bit irrelevant.
“In your own head you’re thinking ‘I haven’t been playing, so does anyone really care?’
“But when those sold out I was like ‘I guess people still want to turn up’.”
“It definitely puts a little bit of perspective on it.”
Gruzman said the break came after a “really long album cycle”, with their only studio album to date Down to Earth, released in 2014, followed closely by the Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra album project, which “took about 10 months of solid work”.
“Then we needed to write new music and though we’re quicker at it now, we’re not the quickest song writers in the world,” he said.
Since then, they decided to buck the album trend and focus on releasing singles.
The first was last year’s Arty Boy with Brisbane songstress Emma Louise followed by Stranded – a collaboration with Broods, Reggie Watts, Saro, Davide Rossi, Touch Sensitive and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint – and then Need You.
This new tour will see Gruzman and James Lyell tour their latest single All Your Love, created with fellow Australian musician Dustin Tebbutt.
Gruzman said the track was born from within an instrumental song the duo had previously written.
“Dustin came and worked with us for a day and we played him a bunch of stuff and he said ‘Can you just give me those four chords that are sitting there’ and that’s where it began,” he said.
“He did a little bit of production on it, then we did some more on it and then it just became this thing back and forth that took about a year.”
“There are so many different versions of that song on our computer now.”
Gruzman said as well as getting the live experience of All Your Love, the latest tour would feature a string of new hits, as well as many from their back catalogue.
“We want to try and make it something a little bit different to what we did on the last Australian tour,” he said.
“We’re big on not wanting anyone to experience the same show twice.
“This one also has a new lighting show and I even decided to change my outfit just for a bit of fun.”
Who: Flight Facilities
What: All Your Love Tour
When: September 1
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre