INTERVIEW: Fairplay

Jordanian duo Fairplay produce various styles of electronic music, all with an overridingly modern vibe characterised by deep and unpredictable underground tracks. Previous releases have come on labels like Stil Vor Talent, Bar25 and their Petra EP which landed on Kindisch in collaboration with Phonique.

Their latest is Layki on Bar 25 – a really beautiful, hypnotic house track which showcases their affinity for both groove and melody.

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

FP: Hello! It’s great to be here with all you lovely people. We hope you’re all staying healthy and well in these crazy times. We’ve been doing great thanks, having multiple releases so far this year, most notably was our ‘Petra’ EP, alongside Phonique, on Kindisch records. Right now we’re trying to fill up our release schedule for the rest of 2021!

Can you talk to us about your latest single Layki?

FP: Layki is our first solo release on Bar 25, and we’re proud and excited about it. We’ve been big fans of the label for over ten years. The tracks they’ve put out have really helped to shape our sound as producers.

What has inspired you to write this song?

FP: We’ve been inspired by an old Innervisions track by Francesco Chiocci, called Nightmares. We used to play that track in many of our sets, and we wanted to make something similar but more positive. It’s a track that will always remain in our playlists, it’s a gem.

When Marco approached us about sending some tracks, we decided we wanted to hone in on the playful circus vibe that Bar 25 is famous for. We wanted to create a track that would take the listener on an audial journey, with a narrative; a beginning, middle, and an end.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

FP: Maybe… when things settle down and parties are back on the agenda. Perhaps something funny, hopefully we can create some good footage and edit it into an eclectic montage to make the sound track visually accessible to the audience/listeners.

How was the recording and writing process? How did you begin?

FP: Well we started playing around with some notes and scales, and experimented with building up a melody. After that everything seemed to flow on its own.

What role does Jordan play in your music?

Fuad: We were both born and raised in Jordan. Faisal is currently living in Barcelona, Spain, and I’m in Jordan at the moment. When we were growing up in Jordan we were exposed to Middle Eastern music and Western sounds from all kinds of musical genres. We’d hang out with local talent and the occasional international visiting talents, and I guess we all learned from each other, about our cultures and our music. We used to do gigs for private parties, we even had venues in Wadi Rum, the Jordanian desert; a place where many movies have been made because of its incredible lunar landscape. It has the most amazing surreal atmosphere and being there, under the desert sky, well, it’s like another planet.

Faisal: Arabic music uses a lot of percussion and strings, and we try to incorporate these instruments into our sound to showcase our Middle Eastern roots in a fresh way. We’re going to be working with some very talented local people for future projects, and we’re excited about this. We’ve travelled a lot, and get inspiration from every place we visit and perform, which helps us refine our sound and this gives it an original fused flavour, which hopefully appeals to people all over the world and from all walks of life.

Releasing music on different labels, do you guys tend to adjust your music depending on the record label you’re releasing on?

FP: It is always a great privilege to get signed up with these new labels, especially as we’ve been their supporters for so long, and we admire what they’re doing. Yes, we certainly aim to create something that’s in line with the label’s signature sounds. But also we want to always retain our own true integrity to Fairplay’s special flavour. Music evolves, and we are constantly experimenting with different types of electronic music, different genres; from Organic House, Deep House, to Melodic Techno.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

FP: We are quite active when it comes to producing music, especially since the outbreak of Covid. We have a lot more music coming out on Bar 25, Click Records Amsterdam and a few other heavy hitters in the scene. We’re also working with our good friend Phonique on a few EPs and remixes that we plan to release in 2021, so this year, but that’s under our hats for now :p

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

FP: We have a remix we are doing for Namito that is coming out on Bar 25. A dreamy house remix for a local Jordanian artist next month. We also have a remix EP for our track ‘Zatar’, coming out soon. We have some really talented and amazing artists working on the remixes, so we’re really proud of that. Our EP, under Click Records from Amsterdam, is coming out in July, this includes a track we collaborated on with our good friends Roth and Oliver Nagel.

Sounds pretty busy. So what will be happening next in Fairplay’s world?

FP: We’ll be spending as much time as possible in the studio. We’re both working on other projects as well, but it’s the music that really drives us. We’ve been doing this for ten years now and we’ve only recently started to find our true sound, and we’re really excited about expanding on this and to share all this new music with you very soon 🙂 It’s been an enormous pleasure…

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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