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ARE WE ON AIR ?

Are We On Air ? is a weekly interview series by Arman Naféei exploring the life’s soundtrack of global cultural figures and personalities within the fields of music, film, art, fashion, life and culture.www.areweonair.com www.instagram.com/areweonair/ www.instagram.com/armannafeei/

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Are We On Air ? is a weekly interview series by Arman Naféei exploring the life’s soundtrack of global cultural figures and personalities within the fields of music, film, art, fashion, life and culture.www.areweonair.com www.instagram.com/areweonair/ www.instagram.com/armannafeei/

ARMAN'S VOICE NOTES // 10

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Arman's Voice Notes is Are We On Air's latest audio supplement, taking you on an audio voyage through Arman's latest travels and cultural findings.

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Sep 02 2022

15mins

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Ep 79 // ISABELLA ROSSELLINI

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As her voice rises and falls through rhythmic intonations, ISABELLA ROSSELINI takes ARMAN through what it was like to grow up in the spotlight and forge her own path. Not only a famed ACTRESS, AUTHOR, FILMMAKER. MODEL, and SINGER, but also an ECOLOGIST and ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST, ROSSELINI meets us where she is most comfortable: her Bellport, New York farm. This magical place, she says, brings her ‘closer to the earth center.’ Distinguishing her hens by the sound and pitch of their clucking, and her roosters by the way they COCK-A-DOODLE-DO, her attention to detail thrives and grows as part of the farm.

Crossing language barriers with and bringing together for the first time a partnership that would change cinema soundtracks forever, ROSSELLINI elaborates on working with DAVID LYNCH and ANGELO BADALAMENTI. Taking us backstage of her legendary singing of BLUE VELVET, a smile breaks across her face. Throughout the interview, it’s as if ROSELLINI travels in time to each moment she’s describing to Arman. To share this hour with ROSSELINI is pure joy and peace. A perfect way to close out SEASON 3. 

In her own words - “Once you have confidence, you become much more daring.” In this spirit, we turn the page to SEASON 4.

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Aug 01 2022

1hr 3mins

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Ep 78 // DANIEL ARSHAM

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A trailblazer at the INTERSECTION OF THE WORLDS of art, fashion, sports, and music, to name a few - DANIEL ARSHAM makes moves that shake the very foundation, push the perceptions of, and bridge the gaps within pop culture.

From growing up in MIAMI to the steady beat of THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., in 1994 - the height of the hip hop moment, to later moving to New York City and launching a hyper successful art career, ARSHAM has premiered as many show openings as he has had creative titles.

Being named the first ever creative director in the NBA for the Cleveland CAVALEIRS, Arsham’ core identity is unfazed by trends, but lives at the zeitgeist of THE NOW.

He’s always working, but when he’s in his studio there’s never a moment without music. Reminiscing on being a kid enthralled by A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, his propensity for visual STIMULATION, ACUITY, and MEMORY runs deep. An artist through and through, he recalls unpeeling the plastic and revealing the handpainted green, black and red colors of MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS.

ARMAN and ARSHAM spend the afternoon in LONDON, overlooking the city and diving into everything from the impact and INGENUITY VIRGIL ABLOH inspired in everyone around him, to ARSHAMS own future ambitions. This episode is not one to miss.


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Jul 22 2022

40mins

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Ep 77 // THE ATTICO

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This week, ARMAN is graced in Milan, Italy by not one but TWO close friends and COMPLIMENTARY POWERHOUSES, GILDA AMBROSIO AND GIORGIA TORDINI. Having dreamed up THE ATTICO together in September of 2015 and officially launched only FIVE MONTHS later, they embody a living example of the potent reality shifts that occur when total commitment to a dream is made. In TORDINI’S own words, she puts it best -  “If you’re 100% sure of what you’re doing, and you have a strong idea - DO IT.”

Having each left their separate fashion consulting jobs to create a product that was missing from the fashion scene, AMBROSIO and TORDINI speak of imagining the woman who embodied a confidence and perspective as opulent as the highest floor in a building. CONFIDENCE, the heart of the brand, is right in line: attico, after all, translates in Italian to penthouse. They adapt each season by organically shaping this woman of confidence, diving into the music she listens to and her personality, for example. MUSIC IS NO BACKGROUND NOISE for these two. Instead, sound is FRONT AND CENTER to their creative process. With soundtracks locked and loaded, ARMAN and the duo grace through CHER, MADONNA, CERRONE, ARETHA, CHIC, and OMAR S. It’s hard to leave their atelier - which was originally built as an architects studio in mid-century style. Alas, ARMAN gets up and off the sofa, ready to dance with the duo and celebrate when dreams come to fruition, and great minds think alike.


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Jul 15 2022

38mins

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Ep 76 // SEUN KUTI

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Through music, we’re able to find each other. ‘MUSIC IS CALLING TOWARDS RESCUE.’

SEUN KUTI joins ARMAN in London. CHARISMATIC, CONVERSATIONAL, and FASCINATING - KUTI touches on the most important choice we make as humans: the commitment to make decisions in alignment with what kind of human you want to be. Calling to the youth, he explains why a real artist makes this choice - to create art that’s elevating. With this responsibility, there’s no room for the patronising, commodifying, or low vibrational.

KUTI speaks of the disconnection of the African people, describing the African spirit as uniting through music. In his own words, ’THE SKY MUST BE BIG ENOUGH FOR ALL BIRDS TO FLY.’ A dad and husband before anything, he picks The Supremes BABY LOVE as a song to describe him. Taking us through his childhood and teen years, KUTI is a natural born leader - first captain of his football team, then with big dreams to become an economist. Nevertheless, a lifelong career in music was spurred by his desire to wake up on his own schedule, and dedicate himself to a craft he will continue to distill through his entire life. ‘Music is the only thing you can do forever.’

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Jul 08 2022

44mins

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Ep 75 // KHRUANGBIN

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Whether they’re hunting for records in the underground of a Seoul arcade, recording new music in an empty barn in the middle of a Texas bird sanctuary, KHRAUNGBIN is a real ORIGINAL.

LAURA LEE and DONALD JOHNSON (MARK SPEER unfortunately not present) join ARMAN to discuss what makes a band burn a LONG, SLOW BURN.

It’s all about feeling the music, - it becomes clear, as JOHNSON describes one day on a whim deciding to give Kool & The Gang’s SUMMER MADNESS a run through. That song, now a part of every set, has the kind of magic KHRAUNGBIN covets - a sexy, classic, layered, peaceful embrace for the ears.

Talks of ROY AYERS, THE POLICE, and those songs that LIVE IN MOVIE SCENES AND ONLY MOVIE SCENES make this episode a delight.

ARMAN waves goodbye and feverishly writes down the name of the arcade so he can visit next time in Seoul. We can all take a page from KHRAUNGBIN’s book.


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Jun 30 2022

1hr 3mins

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Ep 74 // LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN

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Arman meets LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN at his Marais atelier to find out why this rising star is on everyone’s lips.

Bonding over a bottle of champagne, LUDOVIC and Arman go through it all: fashion, Paris's burgeoning party scene, what being masculine means in 2022, the role music plays in his creative process, DJ'ing for his friends and what erotica sounds to him.

Known for his genre-defying collections, LUDOVIC is very adamant when asked what masculinity means to him: "MASCULINITY TODAY IS MORE ABOUT BEING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR EXPERIENCES AND THEN DEFINE YOURSELF THROUGH THAT". We say bravo!

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Jun 18 2022

53mins

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Ep 73 // CAMILLE CHARRIÈRE

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It’s sunny in LONDON - which makes it the most beautiful place on earth. The birds are singing, and ARMAN has the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely as she is chic CAMILLE CHARRIÈRE. After changing careers from becoming a lawyer, CHARRIÈRE describes how living in London ‘gave her wings’ and taught her she didn't have to conform.

On experiencing the ART OF TOLERANCE, Charrière celebrates sweet individuality. In her own words, she says "music is a language in itself - we all have our own".

In her collection, PUCCINI, VERDI, CRYSTAL WATERS, LILLY ALLEN, PETULA CLARK and CHARLES AZNAVOUR rub shoulders. Explaining music's ability to find you when you need it the most, the song that seeks her is Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black'.

Just like her style, she's timeless. Plotting a CLASSICAL MUSICAL REVOLUTION with the goal of sharing and spreading its gift with the younger generation - there's nothing she can’t do.


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Jun 16 2022

54mins

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ARMAN'S VOICE NOTES // 09

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Arman's Voice Notes is Are We On Air's latest audio supplement, taking you on an audio voyage through Arman's latest travels and cultural findings.

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Jun 13 2022

10mins

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Ep 72 // CHRONIXX

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CHRONIXX and ARMAN sit down in Paddington to discuss SOUND WARS IN THE SONIC WORLD, Bob Marley’s poetry which is only intended to be heard with a discerning ear, as well as the spontaneous combustion of innovation that is DANCEHALL MUSIC.

In his own words, Chronixx sets it straight: “MUSIC IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER ART. WITH MUSIC, WE’RE MANIPULATING THE INVISIBLE.”

Growing up listening to gospel, 1980’s dancehall, reggae, and even Céline Dion, CHRONIXX is refreshingly unconcerned with following the zeitgeist of anything, and more focused on distilling the sounds that arise from culture as it operates at its highest level.

At this level of mixing, it’s all about cultures coming together to influence and educate each other - not taking or emulating patterns, but pushing them further. WE’LL ALL GO FAR TOGETHER - and Chronixx leads the way. Enjoy!

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Jun 12 2022

1hr 8mins

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Ep 71 // HOW LONG GONE

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Turn on, tune in, drop out! CHRIS BLACK and JASON STEWART join Arman for a little tête-à-tête that will feel like time is slipping like sand through an hourglass.

Tuning in from the leafy suburbs of Glendale, the boys use their well-honed cultural commentary skills to go through their character defining musical choices. But make no mistake: in classic HOW LONG GONE fashion, each choice is infused with the nonchalant ease that CHRIS and JASON have already accustomed us to.

Be it JASON making the case on the advantages of exclusivity - "When it's so homogeneous, there's so little to clamp on to, that it identifies you with no identity" - or CHRIS reflecting on how the evolution of music distribution shape music fandom and the underlying culture that stems from it - "Today's low barrier of entry to music access changes the perception, the fandom and the tribes that genres create" -, CHRIS and JASON leave no question unattended.

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May 27 2022

1hr 42mins

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Ep 70 // THE BLESSED MADONNA

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THE BLESSED MADONNA invites Arman to Hackney to dive into her fantastic repertoire. Referencing APHEX TWIN’S WINDOWLICKER, she describes her idea of the POWER OF CONVENTION: “Using convention shows people what world we’re in. Breaking convention shows people where the possibilities are.” INSIGHT comes naturally to THE BLESSED MADONNA; this duality of perspective she takes by not frowning upon, but instead BREAKING THROUGH convention applies beautifully to both the way she creates and the music which inspires her. A JOY to be in her presence, THE MADONNA makes Arman nearly fall out of his chair as she describes THE GREATEST NIGHT OF HER LIFE. It’s at Berghain where she’s been playing for so long that her JEANS RIP clean through the back. WE LOVE THE BLESSED MADONNA for her contagious sense of humour, shared love of ‘FOLLOW ME’ and Amanda Lear, as well as every other detail that makes her, HER. With a farewell, Arman finally catches his breath and we immediately add all of her songs to our playlist to study up.

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May 20 2022

1hr 14mins

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ARMAN'S VOICE NOTES // 08

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Arman's Voice Notes is Are We On Air's latest audio supplement, taking you on an audio voyage through Arman's latest travels and cultural findings.

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May 16 2022

25mins

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Ep 69 // PAUL KALKBRENNER

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Nearly 4 years since they last saw each other in LA, PAUL KALKBRENNER meets Arman in his emerald green 1961 Maserati Ghibli for a chat in BERLIN. Bonding over a love of Mozart, KALKBRENNER mentions he was a terrible instrumentalist as a child, having learned and suffered on the TRUMPET. The KEY to this experience, however, was that he never let it deter him from pursuing music.

He may be one of technos biggest superstars, but the biggest thing that defines his career? TENACITY. In his own words, KALKBRENNER describes this force of self-determination that built his launch pad: “there were many hard years, but I STUCK WITH IT.” Referencing a few of his earliest musical memories, he shares love at first listen was ISAO TOMITA’s Picture at the Exhibition: II. Admiring the LAYERS of sound woven into the song he heard blaring from his parents double cassette tape, KALKBRENNER realised that - the art of layering - was exactly what he wanted to master.

Swerving between German and English, Arman and K could chat for hours. East Germany, during his childhood, looked exactly like the pictures - grey. KALKBRENNER describes the sound of footsteps from the border guards as the only noise from the street at night. These nights had an impact on his craft, as KALKBRENNER believes silence is as important to sound. His warning to the music industry? Do not change because of the times. Instead, use time as a resource to distill your own authentic sound. Slipping into his DRIVING GLOVES to get back on the road, the lyrics “right here, right now” play over the layers of his own track, leaving us with a message. We have the power to make dreams reality if we are tenacious enough.

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May 06 2022

48mins

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ARMAN'S VOICE NOTES // 07

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Arman's Voice Notes is Are We On Air's latest audio supplement, taking you on an audio voyage through Arman's latest travels and cultural findings.


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May 03 2022

20mins

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Ep 68 // YANN TIERSEN

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YANN TIERSEN calls Arman from his studio for a conversation set amidst a blinkering of blue and orange lights from the sound dials, hard drives and synthesisers behind him. While he’s a known legend of cinematic scoring, Tiersen insists that the best soundtrack is not necessarily a composed soundtrack - but using music. Referencing this proper “usage” of music in film, Tiersen points to the master Kubrick himself. Living close to nature is an important part of his life and his music. TIERSEN is the kind of artist who treasures the simple, sacred things, like life without the sound of constant motor engines, or owning a record or book he loves in its physical form because for him, it’s “a piece of me.”

Though Tiersen exudes a sense of peace in his speech and thought processes, he shares that there is a world of chaos at the core of his creative process. When he gets into the studio, he’s inspired by PLAY and ‘MAKING TONS OF NOISE.’ Reminding us that life really should be all about making noise and having fun, TIERSEN’s humbling answer to Arman’s final question brings even more importance to that message. Shortly after Arman asks: “if your life is a movie, what will play in the end credits?” To that TIERSEN responds: “Nothing. A sine wave.” Waving goodbye, we thank YANN for sharing a glimpse into his twinkling mind.

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Apr 29 2022

50mins

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Ep 67 // NILÜFER YANYA

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THIS IS IT. Staying true to her Turkish roots, NILÜFER YANYA is inspired by INSTINCT, foremost, and MELODY second.  Calling from London, NILÜFER and Arman bond over a shared love as she references the Strokes This Is It as an album that’s stood the test of time, and only gets better. For NILÜFER, inspiration is everywhere - but writing, instinctively, “comes from nowhere.” Bringing us into her creative process, she shares that the beginning of a new song unfolds itself musically first, while language comes in second. Other times, it’s simply hearing the cadence of words in a phrase that will send her into a writers frenzy. This lovely, SPIRIT OF THE MOMENT, YANYA shares with us - making this episode a listeners pleasure.

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Apr 22 2022

47mins

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Ep 66 // JOHANN KÖNIG

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Amidst 2021's Berlin Gallery Weekend infamous Are We On Air pop-up in Berlin, Arman meets art impresario JOHANN KÖNIG at Unter Den Linden.

With a music selection that ranges from 90's euro-trash to today's latest Tik Tok viral song, JOHANN dwells on the ever changing city that is Berlin (and how he has no patience for the nostalgia infused talk of the 'good ol'days') and how being a gallerist in the age of NFT's is exciting as it ever was.

Talking about how the late Virgil Abloh paved the way for a no-thrills approach to culture, JOHANN wants art to be appreciated as one appreciates music: "People consume art as they consume music. You listen to a song, you like it or not, it creates reaction with you or not. That's it!". We say BRAVO!

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Apr 15 2022

51mins

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Ep 65 // CL

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In the courtyard of the Chateau Marmont, you’ll find the sunshine where CL is singing Arman a traditional Korean song her grandmother sang to her while growing up. While she might be one of the worlds biggest POPSTARS, CL glows with the same warmth and joy on stage in front of millions as she does in a one on one encounter with a new friend — “I feel what I feel in the moment to the fullest, so I don’t have anything left behind that I need to solve later.”

If we can all take a page from CL’s book, its to not take life too seriously, and weather the wind of our emotions with a self-loving self awareness. She is bold, pragmatic, and exuberant but she is soft.

On the topic of heartbreak, the K-pop sensation describes the delicate balance of keeping her personal life private without ‘hiding’ it from her art. CL strikes a balance between forging a powerful career as a solo artist, and finding inspiration in any way shape or form that beauty finds her in life. CL shares that when she’s out with friends, she always passes the aux to discover new songs — new songs are her surefire way to inspire new memories. Flipping through fashion archives as one source of her inspiration, Arman and CL bond over a shared love of Raf Simons. Gracefully, after 15 years of being at the pinnacle of the public eye, CL evolves into an even stronger and more beautiful butterfly every corner she turns. Get some fresh AIR and sunshine: It’s CL’s dawn, her day, and we’re feeling good . . .

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Apr 09 2022

41mins

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Ep 64 // RICK OWENS

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For most of us, ’DISTURBING’ is an adjective used to convey a sense of anxiety and upset; to RICK OWENS, ‘disturbing’ invokes an instinctive THRILL - the starting point of exploration.

In the bottom of a Porterville K-MART bargain basement, OWENS dug up David Bowie’s DIAMOND DOGS. The ‘excitement, disturb, confusion and guilt’ that album cover evoked in him became a self defined SELF DEFINING moment. Though it wasn’t until years later that he heard the album, the MIXTURE OF GLAMOUR AND THE GROTESQUE stuck with him and became a part of his perspective forever. There’s something exciting about the way that Owens describes how he actively searches for music, ‘taking one pathway that leads me to another, that leads me to another, and another, I keep going and going.” It’s this insatiable curiosity that transfixes the material mundane with meticulous detail and travels beyond a limited “I” view. Through his RESPECT FOR THE RAW gesture in one’s career that catapults it to wider success, Owens RELINQUISHES CONTROL. Knowing that the response to what he puts into the world is not always as important as it’s made out to be is an act of faith that Owens reveres with a refreshing humility: “I DIDN’T SET OUT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR SNEAKERS AND DROP CROTCH SHORTS, BUT THAT’S WHO I’M GOING TO BE FOREVER.”

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Apr 01 2022

45mins

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