Already flying high with his synth-heavy brand of electronica, Belgium-based Aeroplane promises to take Australian crowds even further skyward this summer.
Booked to play Summafieldayze in addition to some yet-to-be-announced club side shows, Aeroplane will return to our shores armed with new remixes for Kimbra and Boyz Noize, as well the first fruit born from his new Aeropop imprint.
It’s been a wild ride for the classically-trained pianist and guitarist — Vito De Luca — who formed Aeroplane with studio partner Stephen Fasano around 2006. The duo enjoyed early success before readying their debut LP, ‘We Can’t Fly’, for release in 2010.
Shortly before its release, however, Fasano and De Luca parted ways, and while it all could have ended then, thankfully De Luca took on solo responsibilities with aplomb.
“I’ve just been working hard and trying to extend what I have and trying to become a better DJ and trying to become a better producer,” he explains from Brussels, where he’s lying in bed.
While today he’s better known for being among a new brew of artists who can successfully leverage the online world to drive sales and promotion, De Luca speaks candidly about the changes that have faced the music industry in the years since he first cut his chops running his own record store in Namur in southern Belgium.
“When you go on Beatport now, or Juno…the problem is that nobody sorts it out for you,” he explains. “You get there, there’s five million songs; no one tells you where to go. When you were going into record stores back in the day, you had a guy who would pre-select the stuff for you.”
Aeroplane plays Summafieldayze at Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast, Saturday Jan 5.