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Interview - The Airplane Boys

APB (The Airplane Boys) is a Canadian rap duo fronted by Mannie Serranilla and Jason Drakes. They unveil their blazing hot new hip-hop and pop offering ‘Nightcap’ ahead of their forthcoming EP, LHATE LOVE, slated for release later this summer.

APB (The Airplane Boys) has been touring and performing internationally for over a decade, opening for high-profile acts like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, and Big Sean. They have performed at festivals like Coachella, Osheaga, SXSW, and Paradise International Music Festival, and have secured licensing deals with lifestyle brands (Adidas), and TV shows and networks (ESPN, Nikita, CSI). They have released five projects, to date, and have collaborated with artists like Illangelo, Diplo, Twista, and Jessie Reyez.

We sat down with The Airplane Boys to discuss their music and much more. Here's what they had to say:

Hey The Airplane Boys, welcome to FLEX! How are you? We’re blessed. Thanks for asking and we appreciate the conversation Congratulations on your new single ‘Nightcap’ - what inspired this particular track? Much love! Our friend owns a restaurant where we would throw late-night parties at. Any time we would want to go home, he’d try to keep us there longer by saying “Boys at least stay for the nightcap”… That was one of the moments we knew what we wanted to talk about. We felt we wanted to create a song that reflected those good times celebrating with our friends. So when our producer Mark played us that beat - we knew how we were going to finesse it.

And do you have to be in a certain mood to write? Definitely helps. We’re big on setting the mood in a room from lighting to the type of music we play before, during, and after our sessions. We always engage in conversations asking each other how our week or day was. Those convos usually spark a mood we want to run with for a song. How was the recording and writing process? Sometimes it's a flow state and we just channel whatever we’re feeling at the time. Sometimes we hit a roadblock and we slowly chip away. In some sessions, we just go to the studio to talk and track nothing. Our goal is just about generating momentum in creating at whatever speed. Our writing is inspired by our conversations. We always pull from our real-life experiences. For viewers that don’t know The Airplane Boys, how would you describe your sound? An eclectic mash-up of our favourite music. Hip-Hop, Alternative, R&B, and Dance music are all thrown into a melting pot of sounds to make a progressive signature sound. And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren’t writing or recording in the studio? We love attending fashion events/shows, car shows, museums, art galleries, friend’s parties, basketball games, and of course classic dinners and movies with friends.

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