ARE WE ON AIR? is back for a third series featuring interviews with greats from the worlds of fashion, art and music including Mert Alas, Amanda Lear, CL and Rick Owens.
Dubbed by Vogue as ‘the world’s coolest music podcast’, previous guests have included Patti Smith, Dua Lipa, Jane Birkin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gia Coppola, Luka Sabbat and Lykke–Li, Laura Harrier and David LaChapelle.
Are We On Air?
Hosted by Arman Naféei, creator of ARE WE ON AIR? and former Director d’ambiance at the Chateau Marmont in LA, the podcast consists of a weekly conversation between Naféei and an esteemed guest. Through a series of questions, each interviewee is encouraged to tell the tale of their life and career through song choice.
Through ARE WE ON AIR? ‘s informal setting, Naféei has the ability to encourage high profile guests to open up about their love of music and beyond. Mimicking the feeling of overhearing a chat between friends on the smoking patio at The Chateau Marmont, Naféei has transferred this intimate experience into the digital space and made it accessible to everyone.
“The idea for ARE WE ON AIR? illuminates the inner lives and personalities of artists through the music they love. A universal time capsule of moments, emotions and ideas, ARE WE ON AIR? uses music as a touchstone to build a library of taste and knowledge through unscripted, genuine conversation. Tune in to groove and be moved.”
– Arman Naféei, creator of ARE WE ON AIR?
Series 3 kicks off with French icon Amanda Lear. A testament to her long career as a creative multi-hyphenate, throughout the episode, Amanda offers a rich bank of tales, opinions and intimate reflections.
She explains, “I created this very wild looking persona but I became a prisoner of it.” In true Are We On Air? Fashion too, the episode is littered with anecdotes, from the star’s crush on Lil Nas X – “I love Lil Nas X. He’s so sexy and funny” – to her friendship with Dalí, “Dalí taught me a lot about how to behave with the media: he really was a showman”, and “Dalí sent me a funeral wreath to my wedding”.
Leading up to Series 3 Naféei recently hosted an interactive, ARE WE ON AIR? Pop-up kiosk in Berlin during the city’s famous Gallery Weekend. Visitors could immerse themselves in soundtracks and unique performances from Artists, DJs, musicians, poets, opera singers throughout the kiosk’s term.
FULL PODCAST LINEUP BELOW
- Amanda Lear
- Mert Alas
- Nina Kraviz
- Ian Isiah
- Nadia Lee Cohen
- Johann König
- Ulf Ekberg
- Rick Owens
- Sita Abellán
- Carsten Höller
- Busy P
- Paul Kalkbrenner
- Yann Tiersen
ABOUT ARMAN NAFÉEI
Arman Naféei is the host and creator of culture podcast Are We On Air and former Director d’ambiance at the Chateau Marmont in LA.
After a chance meeting at Jay Joplin’s White Cube Gallery in London, Arman Nafeei was handpicked by André Balazs in 2010 as the Music Director of all of his properties including The Boom Boom Room at The Standard Hotels, Sunset Beach in the Hamptons, celebrity favourite Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, and the Chiltern Firehouse in London.
In 2013, Arman launched StudioNeu, a creative agency specializing in Music direction, Sound Design, spatial strategies and cultural programming. Here, Arman has worked with a wide range of clients in the cultural sector.
Ranging from Nile Rodgers’ “Freak Out Lets Dance” Festival to the weddings of both Gwyneth Paltrow and Heidi Klum. StudioNeu has also helped to define the sound identities of Fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Moncler, Chanel and Prada.
In 2020, Arman launched Are We On Air. The interview series was launched in April during the first lockdown to share some inspiring stories and sounds with the world and since then developed into a cultural audio magazine with some incredible personalities giving an intimate glimpse into their musical taste, creative process and entertaining stories.
Arman plans to spend 2021 between LA, Berlin and Milan, developing Are We On Air further, delving into the on-screen realm, as well as spearheading several music direction projects for fashion brands in Milan.
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