Tom interviews Airways ahead of their first Nottingham show at Bodega
Forming in 2015, Airways consists of Jake Daniels as the lead singer and guitarist, Alex Ruggiero on
guitar, Jamie Reynolds on bass and Brian Moroney on drums. They released their debut EP ‘Starting
to Spin’ on the 19 th of May 2017 and recently released the single ‘Alien’. During their time as a band,
Airways have opened for such acts as Nothing but Thieves and The Hunna as well as having their
own European headline tour. I met up with them ahead of their first ever concert in Nottingham at
the Bodega Social Club to ask them some questions about what’s it’s like for them in the band.
So how did you get started as a band?
Jake: I was in Albania with, um
Jamie: Learning to solve a Rubik’s cube
Jamie: Ok, so Jake was in LA and he ran into Brian. He met Brian. They decided they wanted to start
a band. Jake was out there doing a solo kind of thing. Brian moved to England but they needed a
bass player. I used to busk on the weekends in Birmingham and they found me, just playing bass,
doing a bass kind of solo thing. The two of them were in Birmingham for the weekend. They really
weirdly stalked me to a Nando’s afterwards and asked me if I wanted to be in a band and I was like
“that sounds fun,” then Jake recruited him (Alex) from being in high school with him and then we
just kind of started writing music together.
Jake: No one went to high school Jamie.
Jake: We went to secondary school. Like they do over here.
Who would you say are your inspirations musically or otherwise?
Jamie: My dad
Alex: Yeah, your dad
Jamie: My dad inspires me, my mum inspires me, my grandad inspires me
Jake: Elon Musk inspires me
Jamie: Leonardo DiCaprio inspires me
Alex: Matthew McConaughey
Jamie: Cause they’re all just beasts, aren’t they?
I understand there’s a story behind ‘Alien’. Could you explain that one?
Jake: Yes, we were going to ‘South by South West’ in 2017 and we applied and had been accepted,
and then a couple of weeks before we were due – actually a couple of days before we were due to
head out, the visa process got declined on us and then we were like “What the f**k are we gonna do
Jamie: Brian was already in America and we were supposed to be flying out within like 48 hours of
Brian landing. And while Brian was in the air we got told we couldn’t go, potentially. But we went
Do you have a favourite place you’ve played live?
Alex: Poland is mine, and I like Poland because the conversion rate is so insane. You can get a pint
for a pound.
Jamie: You know how in England you buy someone their ticket into the club and they get you a drink
back inside? I bought his(Alex) entrance to a club in Poland and I was like “Just get us all a round
inside” so he bought a round and it didn’t come to the equivalent of like a fiver.
Alex: It was outrageous
Jamie: You got three pints for like £2.50 or something like that. It’s ridiculous
Whenever you go to new cities you tend to have new support acts that are quite local. How do
you find them?
Jake: To be honest they just get in contact with the promoter of the show or our booking agent.
Jamie: Brian does a lot of research into bands that are local that he likes the sound of and stuff like
Alex: We have a lot of bands that come forward and ask us if they can be on a show
Do you have a favourite song you have written?
Jamie: There’s a song that we, on our little Europe headline, we threw ducks into the crowd and
every time someone caught a duck and brought it to the merch table we’d give them a CD which had
a song called ‘Gold Graffiti’ on it. That’s one of my favourite songs we’ve written.
Alex: I would say a song called ‘Blue Gasoline’
Jake: I prefer green gasoline
Jamie: Green petroleum
What moment, in your time as a band, has made you feel most successful?
Jamie: The Birmingham show?
Jake: Sometimes I’d say you do a big support show and you think you’re much bigger than you are.
Alex: Like Amsterdam
Jake: Yeah, when we played our first live show with Nothing but Thieves we had a massive dressing
room. Had a big f*****g cheese board.
Jamie: They were like “Which dressing room do you want? They have a choice of these two?” We
were like, “We’ll take the bigger one”
Jake: And it had a great shower. That’s so important. It takes you to another world. The right kind of
Jamie: And we had a guitar hero arcade game backstage.
Is there anyone in particular you’d want to work with in the future?
Jamie: Josh Homme
Jake: Josh Homme
Jamie: John Frusciante. Dr Dre
What would you say is your biggest aspiration as a band?
Jamie: To headline Glastonbury. I want to be able to do this as a career. Not have to go home and
worry about working a job. Stuff like that.
Jake: Just to make enough money to live comfortably, with private jets and strippers and enough to
have a glass of milk at the end of the evening
Jamie: Where they don’t have to cut my hair and I can actually afford to buy a haircut.
Jake: Just to live comfortably I think
And finally, what can we expect from Airways in the future?
Jake: Lots of music
Jamie: Uh, yeah. Music. And Rubik’s cubes
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