Excited by the international flair of electronic duo Carbon Airways (Cherrytree Records) at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Life of a Rockstar put the exotic French act on the top of our “must meet” list. Being that they are teenage siblings, it was only appropriate to have our rock star teen contributor Jake Gould on the Coachella beat ask Carbon Airways about working together, playing festivals at such a young age, and the confrontation with police over their music in France. Wait, WHAT?
A french translator sat in to help the conversation along as the strikingly beautiful Eleonore Fernese and her brother Engus Fernese sat across from Jake Gould in the media tent. Their enormous smiles and wide eyes exude enthusiasm, appreciation and a genuine adoration of the music festival scene. Here’s how the conversation went down:
Jake: How are you guys doing today?
Translator: Fine, and you?
Jake: So you have an album coming this April?
Translator: There is a first EP already out in the U.S. called “Black Sun” and there is a new EP coming out in April in the US and it’s called “You Walk Away.”
Jake: How long have you been working on this?
Translator: They started doing music four years ago, doing loops and starting playing on little clubs and all that kind of stuff. One station in France picked them up because they really liked what they were doing so they pushed them to do more gigs and a festival. Thanks to that they [got] a chance to play ULTRA festival last year and [got] a major deal after in the U.S. So that’s how they’re here today from festival to festival.
Jake: You guys seem to be headed in the right direction. What’s it like getting into these festivals at such a young age?
Translator: It’s really tremendous for them and kind of an amazing moment, a big wow, because they were not expecting to play ever here. They are growing together. There is just fourteen months difference [in age] so they really get on well and they create music together. Being here today is absolutely a blast for them.
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Jake: That’s really cool. Is it true that a police commissioner actually tried to forbid you guys from playing one time?
Translator: Yes, that’s correct. It was actually in 2011. The police started to block the performance because they were going back to back and they did four performance in the month and the police say you have to stop. Because of that you cannot follow proper your studies. But they kept the pressure on the police and all the media started making a big fuss about that and about the fact that the government was trying to block the kids. It turned into something really positive and created a big buzz and thanks to the police in a way the buzz it created they got the opportunity to play the big festival TransMusicales in France in the same year actually. So from something bad, it turned into something very cool.
Jake: Your most popular song on iTunes is the remix of “Black Sun” by Kill Paris. Did you notice an increase in your popularity after that?
Translator: Yes, we knew Kill Paris before and we were really liking his music and when one our A&R of the labels told us Kill Paris is into doing a remix for you we were totally crazy. It drove us crazy. We were really happy about it and we are really happy about the result after that.
Jake: Thank you so much!
Engus and Eleonore: Thank you!
Carbon Airways played the Sahara Tent at Coachella in the 4:30 time slot just before GTA, Dillon Francis, Fatboy Slim, Empire of the Sun and headliner Skrillex. [See photos below.] The duo were a “big wow” on stage surprising music festival attendees just getting to know Carbon Airways with their strong vocals and keyboards. The brother and sister French duo pulled off a high energy dance infused show that proved they earned their coveted time slot with topsy turvy beats that blend in superb paradoxical fashion. Carbon Airways’ unique sound and talent make it easy to see that this is an electronic duo with futuristic tendencies on a skyrocketing trajectory. They effortlessly work together to create an artistic show to engage fans. LOAR Love, love, loves this duo.
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Interview by Jake Gould
Posted May 4, 2014