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GET TO KNOW: The Airplane Boys

Having already established themselves with a wealth of captivating cuts this past decade, Canadian rap duo The Airplane Boys return once again to deliver their impactful new single 'NIGHTCAP'.

Bringing back more of that bold and bouncing energy they are known for, 'NIGHTCAP' makes for a rousing return to form for the pair. With its fresh and dynamic aesthetic perfectly elevating their distinctive flows throughout, they are continuing to cement themselves as one of the more exciting names doing the rounds right now.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.

What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

The first band we truly drew inspiration from was N.E.R.D. We were inspired by their soundscapes and worldly views in some of their songs. Their all-encompassing style is a backbone to the inception of the creativity of APB.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

We’ve been best friends for 25+ years and music has been a driving force in giving our friendship even more meaning and purpose. With that being said, we’ve been part of multiple groups when we were kids. Some of them were rap groups composed with a bunch of our friends in the school yard where we got together for freestyle cyphers. We then started to evolve in our live performance when we hung around Mannie’s cousin’s jazz band. We learned how to perform with musicians - that started our group called RAWsteady which was more of a jazz/hip-hop inspired by A Tribe Called Quest type direction. But we finally arrived at our sound and who we wanted to become as artists, after watching Kanye and NERD’s “A Glow in The Dark Tour”. Hearing the level of genre bending with rich stadium sounds of genre spoke to us. We knew this is the type of music we wanted to create and see the world with. That’s when we became APB aka The Airplane Boys.

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

Life. Travel. Love. We draw inspiration from our everyday conversations and experiences.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

It would have to be Kanye West - Flashing Lights. When we first heard the production it struck a chord. Having a deep appreciation for genre bending we were inspired by how he integrated rich sounds combined with his gritty picture painting in lyrics. This was a template for us in many ways.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

Performing at Coachella 2012. That was the biggest stage we’ve been on. Such a surreal moment, being in a world surrounded by music lovers and our favourite artists. Another powerful moment for us would be our sold out homecoming show in Toronto. The energy that night was special.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

Kendrick Lamar. The energy on stage would be electric.

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, just to name a few. We’d be sponges in those sessions for sure.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Further expansion with our brand and music.


The Airplane Boys' new single 'NIGHTCAP' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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