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Specialized Profession-LiveIamA Flight Attendant for a Major Airline, AMA!

Dec 2nd 2016 by i-am-an-fa • 41 Questions • 396 Points

Gabriel & Dresden are a California-based electronic music duo. With over 25 Billboard-charting tracks & remixes including the smash hits “As the Rush Comes,” “Beautiful Things,” “Tracking Treasure Down,” “Dangerous Power“ and “No One On Earth.” They are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of their first artist album in ten years.

To hear our music and hundreds of hours of live DJ sets, check out our Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/redditgd

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637707927/new-gabriel-and-dresden-album?ref=96cn21

Thanks everyone for participating in our first-ever AMA!! We really enjoyed spending the time with you and answering your questions and seeing your stories. This will not be the last one we ever do. So stay tuned!!

My Proof: https://twitter.com/GabrielNDresden/status/803031872225902596

Q:

Scariest experience during a trip?

A:

Hey, thanks for doing this. You guys have been one of my long-term favorite acts. Not a lot of EDM groups that make music people fall in love to and you guys have always been great about giving back to fans.

I will probably have a few questions if possible, but my first is regarding the structure some of the aesthetics your music / dynamic has. It has always seemed to me that your project is very much like two parts of a whole. When you were apart, listening to you separately was exactly like listening to one half of G&D. I think this comes from each of your background's and how you came up in the scene to some extend, Dave coming from playing clubs and Josh being more formally trained. Even the name "Gabriel & Dresden" has conveyed a sense of almost binary aesthetics. Gabriel has always made me think of the archangel an Dresden of the firebombing of the German city. Can you speak a little to how willfully structured this is, or how organic this all is? Is it just a circumstance of how it came together or is there something intentional and conscious behind this?


Q:

Hit some wake turbulence on the descent into Amsterdam.

Wake turbulence is unlike the atmospheric kind, which generally starts off with a gentle rumble and builds up. Wake is the jetwash off the back of an aircraft that expands in spirals away. When an aicraft hits one it's a bit like hitting a brick wall, and in this case from my viewpoint stood at the back of the cabin, I could see it roll about 25 degrees to the right (which is a hell of a lot) as well as shaking violently from left to right.

The pilots described it as 'a bit unpleasant' when I asked them about it after.

A:

We don't think anyone has nailed our dynamic better than this post. Your reddit screen name says it all! Bravo!

This IS just the way we are. We came together organically and that's how the project has always been.


Q:

"a bit unpleasant" hes probably seen some worse shit than that huh

A:

Hey Josh & Dave,

I had the honour of playing before you in Canberra, Australia a few years back and that's still one of the most memorable DJ experiences I've had, as you guys have always been a massive inspiration and I've got so many favourites from your discography. I wanted to ask if Ryeland Allison was a chance for a collab on the album (or otherwise) as the Attention Deficit stuff was always awesome, and was there a remix of Superstyling under the name, or was it a wrongly named mp3 that I grabbed many years ago?

Cheers and hope to see you guys back out here!


Q:

That's pilot talk for "that was about as much excitement my career as a commercial airline pilot can get".

A:

We remember that night, in the side room of that venue on an off night of the Creamfields Australia tour. Glad you had a great time!!

And also, great idea about Ryeland!! He's very talented and we will for give him a call and see if he wants to collaborate on the album.

Cheers!


Q:

Are you treated properly by most of the passengers?


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For the most part yes, you get the 'Do You Know Who I Am' passengers every now and then, and the people that completely blank your greetings. Just gotta let it go over your head.

A:

THAT'S IT!!! :)


Q:

How often do you see pervs who are uncontrollable?

A:

What was the inspiration for As the Rush Comes??? ;)


Q:

Not very often, then again I'm a 6'2 guy so it wouldn't really affect me.

A:

The verses were inspired by the experiences a friend had during a car accident. The chorus is an ode to the special feelings one can have on a dancefloor.


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But do you know who they are though?

A:

Have you guys ever used a ghost producer? If yes, what was your motovation?


Q:

Nope, but they'll make sure we do by the end of the flight.

A:

No. We would never do that, our music is personal. We could never hand any part of that off to anyone.


Q:

Can you tell when a passenger will be disruptive by just seeing them? If so describe said person, thank you!

A:

Do you think the old trance sound is coming back? Do you have any plans on bringing back Motorcycle? When are you playing in Atlanta again? :P


Q:

Stag do's on a Vegas flights are usually fairly predictable.

The most difficult passengers are usually the most frequent fliers. They know the service down to the dot and will often question if you happen to miss something, or ask for something that we don't offer to them, but we'd have to bend over and give it to them because 'they're our most valued customers'.

A:

1) Yes, we do think the old trance sound is coming back. It's part of the reason we feel so inspired to make a new album. There will be a lot of that inspiration in the music that we're making and plan to make.

2) Yes, we are talking to Jes about making music again and hope she will make an appearance on the album.

3) No plans for Atlanta right now, but when the album is done we're planning on doing a full scale tour of the world.


Q:

As someone who has worked in the service industry. Frequent Flyers/Diamond Guests are probably the worst people on earth.

A:

Hey guys! Thank you for doing this! I have been a huge fan of yours for so many years and I am so thankful that you are coming out with a new album. When I saw that you were doing a kickstarter for it, I IMMEDIATELY jumped in to help. I have a few questions I have always wondered:

  1. I enjoy your originals and your remixes so much. How do you approach a completely new song vs doing a remix?

  2. Most people's fav song of yours are "As the Rush Comes", or "Tracking Treasure Down", (My fav is "Zocalo". I get dem deep feels when listening to it). Were there any tracks that you were surprised with how popular they would become? Or conversely, any tracks that you thought, "This is the one!" but never really took off?

  3. Not a question, but I just want to make it clear that I am so glad you have not givin up on trance after all these years. And that you still believe in what made you who you are.

Thanks!


Q:

You're a oneworlder then ;) Diamond...

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  1. With a new song, you need to come up with an idea whereas a remix you're starting with the idea already made the only thing left to do is figure out how you want to present it.

  2. We were really surprised with the success that Arcadia had. We love making instrumentals but we never expect much from them popularity wise but Arcadia just kept on going. And still does damage to this day when we play it.

On the other hand, we thought "Tomorrow Comes" would have been a bigger song than it was. We felt really good about it. For some reason it just didn't connect with others the way it did with us.


Q:

What is your "customer service" line for "stop being such a douche and leave me the fuck alone and no, we don't have light mayo for your fries you idiot."?

A:

Love you guys. You are part of the reason I've been running a Mother-32 into Soundtoys Echoboy all day! So thanks for that.

What's the best way to get tunes to you guys?


Q:

So the "i'm doing this thing I can't hear you" treatment. Genius.

A:

Any chance you'll be starting the podcast back up? Thanks again for all the good tunes and good luck on the album!!


Q:

Or the "I'm currently a bit busy at the moment, I'll come back to you when I have a moment." Then never come back.

A:

Yes, there is definitely a chance to bring back Organized Nature Podcast. But for now, we really focus old school on making an amazing album. Once we do that, we're gonna try. We love making them!


Q:

We were recently on a flight that was about half empty. Plenty of open rows in front of ours including the exit rows with more leg room. Is it acceptable for me to ask to move to an open row/seat?

A:

Which city do you guys like the most? :)


Q:

Always do it after takeoff, the aircraft is trimmed and adjusted for the weight and balance based on where the people have their seat assigned.

Once in the air it's easily (and automatically) adjusted, so it's fine to move about.

A:

That is a really hard question to ask. We love playing anywhere that people are up for it and excited about the music. And we've seen that pretty much everywhere in the world.

However, we're playing Chicago next week and super excited. Chicago always represents well!


Q:

Is there a special cabin where flight attendants can sleep?

A:

Can't wait to see you guys there!


Q:

On the long haul aircraft yes.

A 747 has quite a cramped rest area. Our 777-300's however have a very nice crew rest, ours don't have the TV's though!

All (minus a few) are accessible from a cupboard style door that leads directly into a ladder.

A:

Gonna be amazing. Like it always is!


Q:

that looks like a huge space to hide on a 777, where exactly is it located?

A:

How has being in the US/San Francisco influenced your trajectory and style? You guys have an awesome sound that is distinct from the European trance producers.


Q:

Above the passenger cabin, the rear central bulkhead houses the staircase. It stretches all the way to the bulkhead in the front of the rear cabin.

A:

On the west coast you have the Pacific Ocean crashing into the sand. The sound of the waves at some level has influenced our music. For example, you can hear it in some of our textured background sounds that they are going through a phaser that sounds like waves as it modulates.

Also, as we make music, we test it by driving in a car through nature. There is something about the space in the California landscape that feels at peace with our way of thinking about sound.


Q:

jesus lord almighty, creator of heaven and earth...of all things seen and unseen, that looks beautiful.

after a few hours crammed into a shitty economy chair that reclines about 3 degrees off bolt upright with some fat fucker draped over half my seat, i would happily pay one of you guys several hundred hard-earned us dollars' worth of the currency of your choice for a couple hours nap time in one of those.

A:

What artists do you enjoy following in the trance scene? What do you think of Will Atkinson?


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It is possibly the best part of the job - the bed it a bit hard but it's better that what any of the passengers will get :)

If you look maybe half an hour after we clear away the meal trays, you'll see half the crew shuffling down the aisle clutching blankets.

A:

Rich Solarstone. We really like him a lot and what he's doing with the scene. We love that he cares about melody and emotion and that he knows how to throw a good party and run a great label that has quite a few remarkable artists.


Q:

Have you ever had to kick anyone off of the plane, if so why?

A:

My wife pokes fun at me for listening to EDM, but then we heard your song in Maze Runner, and I poked fun at her. Who was it from the movie production team that contacted you to use the song in the movie and how had they heard your song?


Q:

Only reason we had to kick someone off is because she was too pregnant to fly, and had gone past at least 2 people who should've noted it before hand.

Disruptive passengers usually pipe down when (or if) we unleash the Captain.

A:

The music director for Maze Runner had been a fan of As The Rush Comes for many years and was always trying to think of a way of incorporating it into a film. We think he picked the right movie to use it in.


Q:

is "The captain" the name you give your wang?

A:

Congrats on your Kickstarter success! What was your motivation behind choosing Kickstarter to fund the production of your new album and most importantly how do you feel that knowing so many people are behind it right from its conception will affect the end result?


Q:

Maybe.

A:

We've become frustrated with the record label model for our career lately and wanted to try something new. When you sign an album deal with the record company, they usually give you an advance so that you can take time off from touring. We decided to see if we could instead fund the time off, with the help of the people that we're making the music for in the first place. We realized as an unexpected side benefit from this process, that we will know who is going to hear the album as we make it. This has us very inspired.


Q:

What's the definition of 'too pregnant', exactly?

A:

How has being bay area-based influenced your productions?


Q:

30 weeks.

A:

Being based in the Bay Area means that you are going to be exposed to many kinds of music. There have always been many small scenes rather than the mega-club mentality. Drum & Bass, House and IDM have all seen popularity explosions over the years. Not to mention, Burning Man, which Josh has been going to since the 1990s and had a huge effect on him and how he hears music.


Q:

How do you know if they are past that point? Do you just ask outright?

A:

Congrats on reaching (and exceeding) your goal on Kickstarter already! What got the ball rolling for you both to start on a new album after a decade-long hiatus?


Q:

Yep :)

A:

We were feeling inspired to make more than just singles. We've been experimenting with so many different sounds and tempos in the two years we've taken off from releasing music. And we finally feel like we're to a place where we can stretch out and do this over the course of a full length album.


Q:

What if there's a doctor's release involved?

A:

What is trance for you? :)


Q:

Doctor can give a release from 28 - 30 weeks, but from 30 weeks+ it's a no no.

A:

Trance to us is music that takes you somewhere and let's you feel many emotions.


Q:

What's the nicest thing a passenger has ever done for you?

A:

Are you a fan of the Dresden Files?


Q:

Always love it when passengers give us some chocolates, or come in for a chat.

If you every want to chat to us, come in about an hour after we clear away the meals on long haul - we're usually not doing much around then :)

A:

No, not really.


Q:

I was on a flight from Boston to Chicago - maybe three years ago. One of the flight attendants kept stuttering, repeating herself, and taking long pauses during the pre-flight safety spiel. She re-did the passenger count three or four times. She didn't stock the drink cart right - she had to keep running to the galley to re-stock. She basically just did all sorts of little things wrong.

Upon arrival in Chicago, the other flight attendant announced that it was her first day. So when I got up to get my backpack out of the overhead compartment (I was one row in front of her at the back of the plane), I asked if I could give her a "good job fist-bump". Her face lit up with the biggest, most sincere smile I'd seen in a long time. All of the anxiety she had felt throughout the entire flight - all of the little mistakes she had been fretting over - just completely melted away right in that moment. We had a great conversation about first-day jitters, fear of public speaking, and the fact that we all know that everyone's human.

I still think about that experience every so often. I'd never really interacted with a flight attendant like a human being before; I basically just repeated the typical robotic "coke, please" and "thanks" after takeoff, and a "have a nice day" on my way off the plane that I'd practiced over years of flying.

Ever since, I've always wanted to replicate that moment, but I've never had the balls again. Like, even if it's just approaching them for a conversation in their downtime like you suggest - I don't want to bother them, and I don't know what to talk about. If I ever try, it's usually just "hello, how's your day?" and then they'd answer "going well, sir" and then I'd pretend I was just on my way to the bathroom.

Maybe I'm just too awkward to do this.

edit: a word

A:

What are some of your favorite 80s songs to remix?


Q:

First flight is terrible, you feel so under prepared - every FA know's the feeling.

We're always up for a chat though! Come back and say high if we're not wrestling with a cart :)

A:

Pretty much anything on the Mute, Sire or Fiction Records.


Q:

As a large passenger (6'5", 320 lbs), I try to be courteous to both staff and fellow passengers. What can I do (besides lose weight...pretend I am a professional bodyguard) to make the flight better for all involved?

A:

Thank you for the reply! Looking forward to the album, I'll opt for the advisory board on Kickstarter so maybe I'll finally learn a thing or two about production (after about 8 years or so on my own).


Q:

Honestly there isn't much I'm afraid... an aisle seat or an exit row would be more beneficial to you.

A:

You're very welcome and thank you for your support!!


Q:

Good thing airlines charge more for those now. What about asking for belt extensions? I don't always need one, but is there a time that is best?

A:

Do you guys need any new friends?


Q:

During boarding we'll make a presence... if you miss us, we have to 'secure the cabin', usually straight after the safety demo - you can catch us then.

A:

We are always looking for friends. ;)


Q:

I have heard that flight attendants get worked to death and possibly mistreated by airlines. Has this been your experience?

A:

Hey guys, saw your classics OTC at Ruby Skye a year ago and it was a major influence in my exploration of trance- thanks for being awesome!

2 questions- 1st off, have you looked into Neptune Project's Amplifyd Music project / will you be looking to use a platform like that to push your new album over the conventional systems?

2nd, a lot of trance artists have been incorporating more and more classic songs in their sets the last few years- do you anticipate your album continuing that trend of pursuing older types of sounds? Specifically, do you anticipate looking to remix older tracks to bring them back to the forefront of people's minds, or are you expecting to try to create new tracks that incorporate the fundamental elements of the classics?

Side note, any chance at another classics OTC in the Bay? Maybe some NYE shenanigans? Are you both still based in Oakland?


Q:

Some airlines do.

Mine doesn't - we certainly get worked hard, and I look at my roster and think "how can that be legal?" but there is an overriding sense to me that we are cared about from the airline, and some (ryanair) don't give you that security.

A:

Glad you had a great time at our 7 hour show at Ruby Skye last year!!

We have not really given much thought to the distribution of our album outside of the Kickstarter project yet. Amplifyd Music does look like an interesting platform. We are going to consider many avenues before choosing one.

As for the recording of the new album, we plan on writing and producing new original songs and not do updated versions of classics. That being said, we've been inspired by listening to a lot of the classics from the 90's and 00's and that sort of influence will more than likely find it's place with us.


Q:

I once heard to never drink the coffee because the non-bottled water in planes is not very sanitary. Is that true?

A:

How did you guys manage to stay together for so long? What does each of you bring to the table?


Q:

Potable water isn't the greatest, but then again neither is airline coffee.

A:
  1. The key to any relationship is being flexible and having an open mind and also to never forget to communicate.

  2. It’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what each of us brings to the table at any specific moment because things are always unpredictable in the music process. In general it goes something like this: Josh: Music training, sound design and engineering skills Dave:DJ-ing since the 1980s, A&R and radio programming.

But just like our DJing, we've both learned so many tricks from one another over the years the lines have gotten so blurry as to who does what. And that's what makes it fun for us now.


Q:

Have you worked for multiple airlines? If so, what did you like about one vs. the other?

A:

For someone like me who has tried to like electronic music several times without success, what songs would you recommend that are very popular/likeable?


Q:

I've only worked for one, and it's a major airline so I'm no really worked as hard as the lo-cost carriers, but each has their unique challenges.

A:

Andain - Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) - We have heard from a lot of people over the years who don't like electronic music but love this song. Try it out. If not that maybe our song Dangerous Power.

You can find both of them in here: http://bit.ly/redditgd


Q:

I work ATC and yesterday we had a major carrier flight divert back home due to a broken bathroom. It was damn near halfway to its destination and had to turn around and head back. So my question is, what the hell had to have happened in that bathroom, and, I know 737 have more than one, why would a single bathroom cause a diversion?

A:

Hey guys, massive fan here from Australia. Really excited about this kickstarter campaign!

  1. Really hoping to see you guys in Australia in 2017, any plans? :)

  2. What current trance tracks are you digging atm?

  3. You guys seem to have a good relationship with the folks at Anjunabeats, through No On on Earth (fave), radioshow appearances, and appearing in a few of their pool parties, and Anjunabeats worldwide shows. What's your relationship really like with the Anjuna crew, and what're they like to work with? Any stories?


Q:

Forward left toilet failure would mean the pilots would have to walk all the way through the aircraft to go to the toilet, which is unsafe.

Probably turned back because they didn't have the resources at the destination, so rather than ground it out there, they'd bring it back and fix it ASAP.

A:
  1. We'd always LOVE to come to Australia, but it somehow just never works out. We plan to tour the world for this album so hopefully we make it there in 2017.

  2. What we've been doing to get inspired for this album is listening to OLD trance tracks. The ones that still make us feel something. Oliver Lieb, Rank 1, MIKE Push, Sasha, Airwave, Caspar Pound, Three 'n One, Paul Van Dyk, Matt Darey. The original trance from the 1990's. We really want to bring THAT feeling back.

  3. We love the Anjuna/Above & Beyond dudes. We go back a long way with them and we have always been friends. We have nothing but nice words to say about Jono, Tony & Paavo and of course James. The people who work for the label and management are also very lovely. Even the people whom they sign. We are incredibly proud of them for what they have achieved in music. There are not many dance acts who have sold out Madison Square Garden. They have. It's quite phenomenal.

Oh, we have stories...but what happens in Vegas...


Q:

Did you have any type of near-miss or scary incidents that the crew all knew about, but didn't tell the passengers to keep them calm?

A:

Thanks for this AMA session! :) I have two (OK, THREE) 4 questions:

  • Have you ever ghostwritten for somebody? I mean ghostwritten and not being credited officially. Of course there is no need to call exact names. :)

  • Any chance for G&D Essential Mix 2017?

  • Are you often recognized by people when traveling / going to the mall? Have you been released without fine by trance fan policeman after exceeding speed limit? Is there some story like that? :D

  • Can you briefly describe your typical day when you work on music? :)

P.S. WE LOVE YA!!! And we are excited about future of your music! Thank you guys!


Q:

I was taking off out of Frankfurt last week actually and my door seal was making a horrific hissing noise. The only real way of finding out whether it was leaking was to get above the safe altitude. Turns out it was fine and the seal was probably just a bit wet. Apart from that, nothing much.

A:

Thanks for the kind words!!

  1. No. We have never ghost written for anyone else. It just does not seem like something we'd like to do.

  2. We love doing Essential Mixes. Hopefully once the album is out we will get asked by the grand Poobah of dance, Pete Tong. We would surely accept.

  3. We've been recognized a few times out in the world over the years but not a huge amount. One time Dave was recognized by an immigrations officer coming back to America. But there aren't any really stories of us getting over on the law because of who we are.

  4. A typical day for us starts around 9am. We like to work during the day and are best in the mornings. That's when the solid ideas come out, or fix the problems that were created the day before. Usually by 12 or 1 we are ready for a lunch break and maybe a short walk through nature and then it's time to get back to work. We will usually work until around 5 or 6 until our ears hurt or we just can't focus any longer. You never want to push it because once you're done, you're done. We'd rather save it for the next day when our ears and minds are fresh.


Q:

My sister wants to be a flight attendant, and her question is which airline do you think treats their air hostess the worst? Also, what is the minimum height to be a flight attendant?

A:

Will you come to Australia for any extended sets and will there be any more Winter Kills?


Q:

Minimum height is usually about 5 foot.

Try to avoid low coast airlines if you don't want to work really hard, but the reality is, you'll get worked hard and have to miss out on special occasions regardless of what airline you join.

A:
  1. We've hoped to bring Classics Only to all the Australian cities but thus far we've not been able to do so.

Once the new album is made and released, we are planning to tour the world for it. Hopefully an Australian promoter will pick up the tour because we've really missed playing down under. We've never actually done a club tour of AU before, only a festival and a multi act bill in large venues. We think getting more intimate in Australia would be really fun.

  1. At the present time, Winter Kills is on hiatus but Meredith Call, who is the vocalist for the project, will be working with us on our new album.

Q:

What route has the worst people? I have asked flight attendants this and they are all in agreement on a certain city. I don't want to bias you, so I will wait for your answer.

A:

How often do you guys on average end up scrapping a song or melody, and why?

Just wanted to say thanks for the AMA guys. As the rush comes is still one of my all time favourite trance songs


Q:

West African cities.

It's more the culture than anything, but when people click and hiss at you to attract attention, it pisses me off.

They also buy ALL the duty free, usually to make a statement about how much money they have.

A:

Could you rephrase the question? We are not sure what you mean by "scrapping"

Thanks 😎


Q:

Are there any hidden parachutes on board any flight? Thanks!

A:

WOW! never thought I`d hear from you guys again!!

The two tracks that I really love from you guys was your remix of Southern Sun and Arcadia.

I was a young lad back at the peak of your career and never really got that chance to see you guys. Nowadays, after saving up Ive finally got myself a pretty decent computer and want to give producing music a try...and maybe become world class DJ (in my dreams)

My question would be, Are you going to release samples and stems of from old productions? OR are they already around? (show me the way?)

I would love to get my hands on them and try take me back to those good old days with my own style and process.

cheers G&D! :)


Q:

Nope

A:

Which song would you like to try and remix?


Q:

What's the worst experience you've had as a flight attendant?

A:

uhm, if I may, the same two songs that got me on the G&D brand, Arcadia and Southern Sun? :)


Q:

Cleaning up vomit, 4am, can hardly keep my eyes open in the back of an airbus during turblulence.

A boeing is very solid during turbulence, however an airbus tends to sway about, especially at the back - makes a lot of people sick.

A:

you're in luck. provide your email address. :)


Q:

Have you had any weird passengers? e.g. Like get naked in front of everyone weird.

A:

Great choices there. Have you considered releasing either?


Q:

Nope, you get the people drumming their bodies quite a bit, never quite worked that one out.

A:

That's not our choice to make unfortunately. We signed As The Rush Comes to a major label and they are the ones who choose what gets released and what doesn't. Another one of the reasons why we're doing a Kickstarter to make a new album. It gives us the freedom to do what we want with the music we make. :)


Q:

Okay, as a flight attendant is it true that you guys have to carry around a spare uniform around with you in case one gets dirty?

A:

As I see you're still answering questions, I'd like to know a few things:

  1. Any plan at all ever to come to Israel? I know you guys tour pretty much in the US only lately, but that would be amazing!
  2. What made you decide to start remixing songs that would seem to be unremixable? I don't hear many "big name" artists dare (if that's the right word?) to remix the Beatles, or hark back to 80's classics such as 99 Luftbaloons and Depeche Mode. I LOVE what you guys do with songs like that, and it gives me a new appreciation for them and for you guys!
  3. Favorite "Gives you the feels"?

Can't wait for the new album BTW!


Q:

I carry a spare shirt on short haul, long haul I carry a fresh uniform around with me. Cos plane smell is nasty.

A:
  1. We would love to play Israel. However, we've never been asked to. If and when we get asked, we will surely say "yes"!!

  2. We don't really ever think of something as being un-remixable. We think about whether or not we like the song. Then we accept the challenge and get to work.

  3. The Feels 8 is Dave's favorite one because of the ride it takes him on. :)


Q:

That is true. About the smell. Huh, interesting. I always thought you guys would have to bring around one because with babies and all that there has to be occasions where the uniform gets messy.

A:

Whats the name of the song in the kickstarter campaign? Its great!


Q:

Yeah, we carry stain remover, and the toilet seat wipes in the toilets work very well for removing stuff.

A:

Thank you very much!! It's a new track that we have not named yet. It could very well end up on the album.


Q:

Have you ever hit a passenger with the cart? I've been hit multiple times. Twice by the Same attendant.

A:

I love the bassline on that thing. its so deep.


Q:

Yeah, but they usually put they're legs in front of a 300lb cart that I can't see the other side of.

A:

Thank you!!


Q:

What are your hours? Like do you work from 8:00am until 8:00pm or something like that? And how many places do you travel to in one day?

A:

What software do you use?


Q:

We can hit 3 places in one day. If we worked 8am - 8pm I'd probably quit.

Hours are 24/7, 365 days a year with no pattern to follow.

A:

We use a combination of Ableton and Logic

Ableton for sound design and creating ideas and Logic for arrangement and mixdown.

Sometimes we will make full tracks in either DAW.


Q:

Do you have to eat the same rubbish as the passengers or do you get treated to something nicer?

A:

You down with OPP?


Q:

We're treated to something generally a bit worse on long haul (think school lunch sandwiches) so I often go for the business/first class food.

Shorthaul we'd get the equivalent to a long haul economy meal.

A:

Yeah, you know me.


Q:

What's the accommodation like when you're between work shifts?

Do you get time to explore any of the places you stop in or is it generally just airport hotels and then back to work?

What's the nicest thing a passenger has done for you?

A:

What's the best route to take to get your music heard as a new artist?


Q:

The accommodation is generally pretty good. We have to have quite a few contractual agreements met which only come in 4/5* hotels. All our hotels are downtown too, so away from the airport.

We generally get a minimum of 24 hours in a destination, so if you plan ahead and hit the ground running you can get a decent amount of stuff done.

My usual plan for a 24 hour stop is to have a nap, have a wander and stock up on stuff you can only get in that destination before heading out for dinner with the crew.

We can spend up to 8 nights in a few destinations though, that's when it turns into a holiday and you start bringing friends/family along on buddy tickets.

A:

The best way we have ever found to be heard is to try and reach out to established DJ's and or A&R people and get their feedback. This does not mean steal an email list and spam the entire list. Do your research as to what DJ or record label might actually like your track and write a personal email to them asking for them to listen and give you feedback. If you send out 20 emails you're bound to get at least 2-3 back. And if your music is really good, you might be on your way to being heard.

Also, put your music on Soundcloud and YouTube and hope for the best.


Q:

Does anyone still call you a stewardess?

A:

When are you playing Ultra next? I feel like that's the only festival that really matters for an artist's long term career, and you haven't been on the lineup in years. What gives?? You guys are amazing!


Q:

Yeah, it annoys me.

A:

We have not been asked to play Ultra in some time. We would love to play Ultra, we think it's a great festival! Hopefully This year or next year we can be a part of it!


Q:

What's your favorite joke from Airplane! the movie?

Follow up, as far as AMAs go, are you nervous? First time?

A:

Hey guys amazing you're doing this. Been a fan since the days of bloom. Here are some questions

  • when are you going to do remixes of the 80's songs again. I really loved those.
  • what do you think of EDM nowadays and awesome DJs (sarcasm) like Guetta,Avicii and Calvin Harris?
  • why did you break up back then?
  • Josh, are your own projects coming back (Andain, Winter Kills,etc)?
  • you guys ever thought to get back together with Jess and bring back motorcycle?

Q:

I'm a fan of the "they have instruments" joke.

I'm a redditor, this is just a throwaway ;)

A:
  1. We love making them as much as you love listening to them. Once we get done with the album we plan on making more. We have so many remix parts, stems and acappellas from the 80's now, we can't wait to mess around with some of them!

  2. As we've said in a different question, we're not huge fans of the typical EDM sound. A lot of it feels very contrived and over produced to us.

  3. We made music together in a studio for 7 years straight. Every day we were together. Just like in any relationship, sometimes you need time apart to get perspective on it. Which is what we did. Now we're back together and stronger than ever.

  4. Andain currently has no plans, but we are planning on asking Mavie to sing on the new album. We love her. Winter Kills, nothing new planned, but Meredith Call, who sang on that project, is going to work on the new album.

  5. Yes, we have asked Jes to join us on the new album. Let's see what she says...


Q:

You ever seen a grown man naked?

A:

What the heck happened to you guys at Exchange LA this summer?


Q:

I think so.

A:

There was a problem with our laptop and after that show we marched on into the Apple Store and bought ourselves a brand new machine.

It was really hard on us to be in front of such a great audience and have equipment failure be the reason we could not perform. We apologize for it <3


Q:

OP Missed that one completely, u/TheHumanSuitcase

A:

A-HAH!

No, I've been nervous lots of times.

Nailed it.


Q:

Do you still get rattled by turbulence? And have you experienced flying with a passenger that overacts on every little turbulence?

A:

I quite enjoy turbulence. I only ever feel a little bit queezy if I'm doing a service during some nasty bumps, going up and down with the trolley and pouring drinks isn't pleasant.

Passengers love to exaggerate, often telling me how bad the turbulence was when it wasn't. I'm usually like, "Yeah, I was on the plane with you."


Q:

Why did i get cut off on my last flight!? first of all i was in first-class it was a short flight NY to ft. lauderdale i only had 4 drinks and i did not make a peep the entire flight. i was alone so i literally did not speak a word except to order drinks, i didn't even get up to go to the bathroom! is this like a policy? was it bc the flight was so short?

A:

Down to the FA's really. I usually tell them to slow down, or give them water and explain to them that if they're ok in about half an hour, I'll give them another drink.


Q:

About what percentage of people would you guess actually pay attention to your beginning speech about where everything is i.e. Exits, O2 masks, etc?

A:

Depends on the route, but on the whole - 10-15%


Q:

What can we do to get moved up to a first or business class seat if they are open?

A:

Not much :( Management don't like it when we upgrade people.


Q:

Will have done around 100 segments by year's end. Do you genuinely think of us as good customers or pathetic people who have to live in hotels?

Never have hung out with crew after work. How would I go about this (if at all possible.)

How much discretion do you have with last minute upgrades or giving away booze? Under what conditions would you do so?

A:

I don't often carry an opinion to be honest.

It'd be quite difficult to squeeze the hotel we stay in out of us, as we can't say for security reasons.

Firing up tinder in an airport will no doubt get you FA's.


Q:

What's your favorite plane to fly on? Why?

Boeing or airbus? Why?

A:

Boeing 777-300.

Sounds great on takeoff, nice crew rest and generally very good through turbulence.


Q:

Why can't I have a second pack of cookies? They are so good with coffee!

A:

Because reasons!


Q:

Is reclining your seat in a plane rude? Have you discussed this with other flight attendants? What's the consensus?

A:

It's the cause of the biggest arguments between passengers, but they can be reclined and passengers can if they want.

I'm of the opinion (and tell passengers this) that it should be upright during meal service, but once we settle in for the long haul, passengers are more than welcome to recline.


Q:

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!

A:

No worries!


Q:

My wife wants to fly to Ireland next year for our anniversary. DTW being the departure, not sure about where we will be on layover or landing in country. I have only flown once and to be quite honest, I don't like airplanes (helicopters though Im always game for). Any advice on how to get through such a long flight without making a complete fool of myself?

A:

If you sit towards the middle, it's less likely to be bumpy.

Fasten your seatbelt over your blanket so we don't have to wake you to check.

Bring the FA's some chocolates will get you some kudos and presents in return.

Enjoy the movies!


Q:

Seriously? We can give stuff to flight attendants? I always assumed that would be a security risk and frowned upon from a 27 year old guy

A:

Nope! We love gifts :)


Q:

Is it true that stewardesses crop dust the plane regularly?

A:

It's true that everyone get's very gassy on board, but I don't often crop dust. Can't speak for other flight attendants though.


Q:

How do you feel about the touchy-feely news stories that talk about how an airline went the extra mile for someone, or something? Are those just a ploy to soften the industry image, or do nice things really happen that frequently?

A:

I quite often go the extra miles for people who are nice.

Although sometimes plating an economy meal in some first class china makes all the difference.


Q:

What are the perks you get?

A:

Discounts in the most random of places (I always ask) and free flights :D


Q:

What can we as flyers do to make a flight attendant's job way easier? Also ~ what's the longest stretch you've had to fly for?

A:

I have done a 15 hour flight before, and that was long lol.

Just do what we ask to be honest - don't stack the trays! It may seem helpful but they go back in one-by-one.


Q:

I heard once that bumpiness in flying is like bumpiness in driving...there are some areas that are just naturally bumpy (like going over mountains). What are some other things that may cause natural turbulence that as a flight attendant you are aware of? Because I always assume the plane is going down the minute there's a bump so it would be nice to know like "ok this is completely normal and expected because we are going over mountains right now"

A:

Mountains are bumpy because they whip up the air down below.

Flying around the equator and tropical regions are also a bit volatile due to the weather cycles they experience. But turbulence can happen anywhere to be honest.


Q:

Why is it that pilots and FAs don't announce who they work for? Even my Facebook friends don't post it in their info. It's always "major airline"

A:

It's because it's publicity for the wrong reasons for the airline usually. Although it's generally easy to work it out if you're in the industry.


Q:

Should passengers avoid flirting with flight attendants, or is it welcome?

A:

You can flirt, it's just knowing where the line is that's the problem sometimes.