The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Air is Human
- by Alexis V.
“To err is human, to forgive is divine” is how the saying goes. That’s probably partially how instrumental psych rock outfit Air is Human
came up with their name - we guess. But for the real answer, you’ll just have to ask them personally. However, we do have a few other truths from our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner. You can read what the duo had to say below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Air is Human: We (Jeff Lucci and Josh Aptner) met in 2010 and bonded over a strange parallel in our tastes in music. Despite having very different musical backgrounds, we knew that we should keep playing together because something original was bound to happen.
TD: Where did the name Air is Human come from?
AiH: To find the honest answer to this question, you would have to ask us personally. Just remember to breathe, and that to forgive is divine.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
AiH: Talk Talk.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
AiH: Our homies in the Philly band Mohican are killing it right now. We just picked up the new Atoms for Peace record. As far as international acts, anything coming out of the Scandinavian countries is dope.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Josh Aptner: Matchbox 20 w/Semisonic was the first concert I went to. Green Day’s Dookie was the first cassette I bought.
Jeff Lucci: Kind of ashamed to say this, but Britney Spears was my first concert. Officially, the first album I ever bought with my own cash was Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
JL: Great sandwiches.
JA: It’s a dual-edged sword, but after traveling a little, I appreciate the people here because they stand their ground with their opinions. I’ll take a hard-headed pretentious asshole over some lackadaisical pacifist any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I also think the sandwiches are top notch.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
AiH: People seldom take a chance on something new. The artistic community seems a bit jaded, but that might everywhere - who knows?
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
AiH: We have a lot of big plans for the remainder of 2013. First and foremost to continue playing live. The tracks for our new album have been selected, and we anticipate beginning the recording process very soon. We are also working on a full arrangement of the Radiohead album Kid A. The goal is to perform the album live in its entirety with eight musicians sometime in August.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
AiH: September 30th, 2012 at The Fire. Our friends from King Orchid (a band that sadly is no more) hit us up to play a show as they were touring down from Boston. We had just finished our first record, and had no idea how we could pull it off live as a duo. Despite this, we agreed to play the show. The turnout was massive, and both King Orchid and Mohican murdered their sets. It gave us faith that the community surrounding instrumental music was still alive and well, and sparked a fire under our asses to keep playing live.
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
JA: From Landolfi’s in Langhorne, “The Capisce” (Sliced honey roasted turkey, fresh mozz, basil pesto on Italian roll).
JL: My Deli game is too eclectic to provide a single answer to this question.