Airliners share inspiration behind new single, “Copenhagen”

The brainchild of Tyler Boyd and Noah Monckton, Airliners has its origins on the sleepy and wet west coast of Canada. Hailing from Victoria, British Columbia, the duo met at a back-yard jam, which quickly led to the birth of what would become the stratospheric hit-making partnership.

Initially releasing their debut EP Liftoff in 2016, these two have followed separate paths until June of 2020. Driven by their mutual desire to never have a real job, Airliners have decided to Liftoff again with a new single. “Copenhagen” is an upbeat indie pop track with contrasting melancholic lyrics, capturing the complicated emotions of a long distance relationship.

Listen to ‘Copenhagen’ now and read our exclusive interview below!

Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your single, “Copenhagen“?

Absolutely. The song is inspired by a trip taken to Copenhagen, the penultimate action in a year-long, long-distance relationship. The price of great love is great sorrow when you inevitably separate, and that’s where the song came from. Although the lyrics are rather melancholic, the upbeat instrumentation comes from a place of endless love, and reflects respect, gratitude, and humility. Nothing truly great can ever stand the test of time, so in the end you just have to be happy it happened, even if it hurts.


How do you think your community has contributed to your success?

The song was written in Victoria, BC, and the solemn grey wet west coast definitely helped in the process. Music wise, the support and talent  of our local community inspires us greatly to be better.

What was the first thing that got you interested in music?

The band Muse, and later Owl City inspired us to start messing around with production in Reason. Bought a midi keyboard and here we are.

Describe to our audience your music-making process.

We usually think up melodies, chords, phrases, titles, lyrics, etc.; a lot of little tidbits. Most of the time they turn into nothing, but some end up being great tracks.

What advice would you give other musicians?

Please don’t succumb to the vacuous and vexatious trends of the time we find ourselves in music wise. Be yourselves, be different, write with integrity, and never let computers sing for you.

How did it feel when you released this new music?

Fucking great! It’s good to get back in the saddle. As Shania would say, we’re only going up from here.

And finally, if you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?

Hall & Oates – they are masters and greatly inspired our first writings together; Nile Rodgers – the king of disco, he’s responsible for so much great music over the last 45 years, not to mention his legendary guitar playing which has influenced us to no end; and Burt Bacharach – nobody is cooler, and his voice is otherworldly.

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