The Skys The Limit: Aeroplane
Vito De Luca better known to you and me by his stage moniker of Aeroplane is a fascinating guy whether it be comparing peoples faith in analogue equipment to that of believers in God or revealing his first gig to be in front of a scout troop you can always count on the affable Belgian to give you an answer you didn’t expect. So when we caught up with the continents finest purveyor of “Spacious cosmic disco” ahead of his return to London for Kitsuné’s sold out Easter event it was always going to make for an interesting conversation. Read on for airport rages, dream gigs and Kim Kardashian!
If I could take you back to the beginning and ask you what first drew you to electronic music and what do you think has changed about the scene since your involvement? Where was your first gig?
I got into electronic music with Daft Punk’s first record. It switched me from rock to house. What has changed since then is that nowadays electronic music is pop music. The charts are mainly filled with electronic music so there is way more money, and for me though it didn’t change much.
My first gig must have been some boy scout party somewhere in the country side of Belgium. I was playing all night for these kids and I was playing everything you can possibly think of!
There seems to be a lot of new talent coming out of Beligum at the moment why do you think Belgium is producing so many stars at the moment?
I think Belgium has always been a nest for music creativity, especially in dance music where we have a big history all the way back to the mid 80’s with New Beat. I don’t really think there are more ” stars ” but I think some of the acts that became successful attracted the attention of media towards Belgium.
I’m always interested when people give themselves stage names. Just exactly why are you called Aeroplane?
Absolutely no reason. The first 12″ released was called Aeroplane but the music didn’t fit the project at the time, so a new project name had to
be found, and we picked the name of the song, I had no idea that it would last.
Can we expect any collaborations with label mates or others?
Yes. A lot. I’m making time for it, It’s fun to be out of your comfort zone with other people in your studio. The last Aeropop release was
a collaboration with Dimitri From Paris under the €urocrats alias.
If you could play a gig literally anywhere where would it be?
It wouldn’t be a place, it would more be a time. Probably somewhere in Rimini around 1984 or Ibiza in the late 80’s.
Have you any interesting/bizarre stories to tell from your time touring?
I do have a lot of them. Unfortunately most of them I can’t really explain in an interview. The people you meet, being in clubs all the time, taking planes everyday, trust me a lot of strange stuff happens. I’m a really impatient person so most of the stories are just me losing it in some random airport and then calling a lawyer because I believe I’m about to get arrested. That’s actually happened.
Ok! So what do you do to relax?
I watch awful TV Shows. Kardashians for life.
Who’s music are you enjoying at the moment? Is there anybody we should look out for?
As a DJ I like a lot of the DIYNAMIC stuff. Guys like Karmon, or H.O.S.H. I also like the new R’n’B stuff that’s emerging, guys like Kaytranada. Most of the stuff I discover or buy is a one off track from unknown dudes that most of the time disappear after.
Could you tell us about the processes that you go through when creating new music? Is there a formula you adhere to or a looser organic process?
As much as I’m trying to stay away from it, I do have a formula. Whenever I’ve gone too far away from it people have complained they wanted the formula, so it’s a tricky one. I like chords, I like to write chords riffs. My Paris remix is a chord riff, so is Superstar or My Enemy. When I have that and those chords move me enough, without any production around it, I know I can’t get it too wrong, and so I start recording. When I do a remix, I like to keep the vocal and completely change the harmony of the instrumental, so as to completely rewrite the song.
There has been a massive resurgence in analogue equipment being used and sales of vinyl are increasing, do you think this will stifle the rise of younger digital producers?
I have no idea. I’m an analog fan, just because it gives me something to believe in, it’s like believing in God, there is hope that there is something better out there. I’m jealous of people who can make incredible music on a laptop, I can’t do it unfortunately. Same thing for the rise of vinyl. If somebody prints it on vinyl it must be worth it right ?! A lot of incredible music will never be released on vinyl because vinyl is expensive. Now is the fact that something is released on vinyl a good reason enough to buy it ? Some people would think like that.
What does the future hold for Aeroplane?
I’ve a new album that I’m working on. Stuff for my label Aeropop and producing some people I like. Although there will be less remixes as I really want to put original music out.
Do you have any ambitions outside of music that you’d like to pursue?
Of course. Life. Being a happy and nice person, I’m still working on it though.