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Floating on air

— Paris


Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, aka French ambient electro band Air, talk to Monocle about their working life, from a reluctance to dance on stage and their inner maths geeks to finding studio voodoo power.

Air, Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Le Voyage dans la Lune, Nicolas Godin, The Virgin Suicides

“We’ve recorded our last two albums in our new studio – it’s great but we’re worried it’s too nice. Maybe it’s a danger to be comfortable in case you forget how to be creative, you know? But then we remember that The Beatles recorded all their albums at Abbey Road and we draw a little comfort from that. And anyway, we’re glad we built the studio now – in 10 years’ time perhaps there won’t be record companies to pay for a studio anymore, but here we can make music forever.

We love the vintage synths and acoustic instruments but we also use new…


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