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This Sunday at the Byron Brewery Buddha Bar from 3pm till 10pm local DJ and event promoter Joshua Pollard presents Sunday Safari. Featuring Flight Facilities, New Navy, Bangs, Adam & Eve, Stretch, Rushton And Oh I Easy P this is a pretty wild six hours of live bands and DJs.

‘Basically I just wanted to do a cool show that incorporated live shows and DJs and the Buddha Bar is the ultimate venue because it has bands in the band room and DJs outside and it’s never been done before on that scale in Byron,’ said event creator Josh. ‘It’s cheap as well, it’s a good Sunday session.’

Triple J are currently supporting the Flight Facilities and New Navy national tours, and it’s pretty special to have both of them touching down at the Buddha Bar on Sunday, with Flight Facilities just back in from South America.

Firstly, welcome back to your home country! What countries did you guys play in South America? We use the word ‘play’ very loosely for Bogota, Colombia. Our stage collapsed as we were two songs in. It wasn’t the most ideal situation but accidents happen. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt. We did get to play in Santiago, Chile. It was a nice outdoor afternoon set in the hot South American sun.

Did you get to interact much with the people and crowds over there? More so in Chile. There was a really good response too. We always find it a great feeling to see people singing the words to our songs when English isn’t even their first language. It’s a whole new level of guilt for not learning the words to the Macarena.

As DJs, do you find it difficult to create a distinctive sound within your mixes? Is it a challenging process or do you just go with the flow? We feel like we’ve somewhat separated ourselves from other DJs by DJing together. Certain DJs tend to work on a back-to-back basis but we really try to work together with our sets. Sampling, looping and bringing in more than just one or two elements at any time. It makes it a lot more fun to be on stage if you’ve got more to do.

Foreign Language is your second single and it has already received rave reviews – what does it feel like to be able to create your own music as well as having the opportunity to mix some of the best? It’s an amazing feeling to collaborate on a remix basis with some of our musical idols. It’s almost like being let into the club when you get asked. We’re very humbled by the artists that have chosen to work with us. We’re even more humbled by the response to Foreign Language. Crave You was a terrifying song to follow up.

You guys mix some classic dance and pop tunes; do you have any music idol or performance pinups that have influenced your overall music direction? We can’t pin it down to any one artist. Most of the music we put in our mixtapes shows our influences. For the less contemporary artists, it’s worth checking our Paris Social Club mixtape. Artists like the Bee Gees, Chic and The Brothers Johnson have been great past inspirations.

Flight Facilities have a very anonymous way of putting themselves out there whether it’s with flying goggles during your performances or pseudonyms throughout the media – what are your reasons for this? And are you still keeping with this inconspicuous theme? It’s just nice to know that people will enjoy the music for how it sounds, not for who’s behind it. That was a big reason for initially having that anonymity. We still like to run with it a bit, but it’s hard to do when you’re at a gig. People are going to see your face. It’s not a bad thing at all, but we did have a lot of fun with the mystery. It was a great social experiment to see if friends would play our music without feeling compelled to as friends.

New Navy also popped in for a chat; they’ll be headlining in the band room on Sunday.

How did you guys come to form as a band? A little over two decades ago our parents made love before residing in the quaint beach town of Mollymook. The growing seeds went to school together sharing a love for beaches, babes, beers, and punk rock. Eventually leaving school and seeing the world, the four seeds were replanted in Sydney years later to grow into something new.

What kind of struggles have you guys faced trying to get your band out there into the music world – or has it been fairly smooth sailing? It has been reasonably smooth sailing, that is not to say we haven’t put a googolplex of work into it, we’ve just been rewarded slightly sooner than most bands.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Phoenix, Passion Pit and in my personal opinion Friendly Fires – who are your music influences? Yeah, Phoenix and FF would have to be influences of ours. Passion Pit not so much…  We all listen to a varied list of influences, from old funk and disco to math rock and jazz.  But obvious influences would be Foals, Talking Heads, Klaxxons, Battles, The Beach Boys.

Do you feel Australia has a diverse range of music talents? Most definitely. The Bee Gees, INXS, AC/DC, The Skyhooks, The Seekers, Nick Cave, The Easybeats. History has shown Australia to have pioneering talents in almost every genre of music… except maybe hip hop. And even today we hold up alright against the rest of the world… except for maybe hip hop.

Though I highly doubt it, will this be your first trip to Byron Bay? Are you guys excited to play there as a band together? We’ve all been to Byron before, but this is our first trip as New Navy. We’re super keen, it’s an amazing place. We’d love to spend more time there, swimming, surfing, eating at the Cardamom Pod, and just Bro-ing out.

Tickets are $20 plus booking fee through moshtix.com and they are also available at the venue.

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