Nicolas and Jean-Benoît of Air join Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 to discuss the 20th anniversary edition of their landmark record ’10 000 Hz Legend’.This features a new Dolby Atmos immersive mix which is available to stream exclusively on Apple Music this week ahead of its wider release on today.
The duo tell Zane about making the album in the aftermath of the massive success of ‘Moon Safari’, being intentional about not wanting to make another commercial album despite having a much larger budget, working with Beck on “The Vagabond”, and how the experience of bringing spatial audio to the body of work closes a 20-year chapter on the project. They also discuss how being a French group benefited them, competition with other French artists, and getting advice from Daft Punk.
“I think we were pretty damaged in our head because we had the big success of ‘Moon Safari’ and it was our first album and so it was a big shock for us and we had this huge promotion campaign. And then we knew if we would do a second since ‘Moon Safari’, we will not be there for very long because, in one way, that’s what people wanted, but if you do that, people don’t like it, really. So, it was a lose-lose. At the time, I had a lot of anxiety, I remember, when I was doing that second album. There’s always the pressure of making a second record. That’s why we cheated a little bit when we did ‘Virgin Suicides’ because it was the second time we were recording stuff after ‘Moon Safari’. We had an unofficial second album which was ‘Virgin Suicides’, but then, for ’10 000 Hz’, I was very… I don’t know, I didn’t have a clear idea. The only idea that I had is that I didn’t want to do ‘Moon Safari’ one more time.” – Nicolas