Air Dubai signs with Hopeless Records
Jon Shockness (third from left) and the other members of Air Dubai.
What do you attribute all of the band's growth to?
I don't know, I think it's just our desire to do something original, I guess. We really want to make sure we're staying consistent and keeping ourselves innovating. So I think that's been our drive and our force.
From the Early October until now, it's just a dramatic difference. You can just see the growth. You guys have really grown up as a band, both from a songwriting standpoint and also live. It's a pretty impressive progression. Do you look back and are you kind of amazed at how far it's come?
I mean, honestly, it feels like yesterday. When I think about how long it's been, it has been a long time, but then it's just, like, I still feel like we're in the very early stages of figuring out how to work together as a band. So it feels very new and also very seasoned at the same time.
More than a few people have compared your band to Travie McCoy and kind of that Gym Class Heroes sound. So going with Hopeless, that's more of a punk-geared label and kind of embedded in that Warped Tour scene. Do you feel like that has the ability to give you greater prominence with that crowd that's already somewhat pre-disposed to gravitating towards that type of music?
Yeah, that's like the best place for us. I think we'd do really well on Warped Tour. We're not Gym Class Heroes. We don't have that same sound, but I think our sound is accessible to a lot of people, and Warped Tour would be one of those crowds where we could go in and just kill it.
So, tell me, how did you sign with Red Light [Management]? They started representing you before you had a deal or anything like that.
We were looking for management right away when we started our band, and we heard that Red Light Management was a really good management company. It was just like, "Let's hit 'em up. Let's tell 'em what we're doing. Let's get them excited about the band." And that's kind of how it worked.
So you approached them?
Yeah, we approached them, and they came out to our shows.
Were they instrumental in helping you set up those showcases in L.A.?
Yeah, yeah, definitely. We're working together as a team making moves together, a forward motion -- let's keep this train moving. We wanted to get out, and they were like, "Let's see what we can do."
So what made you go with Hopeless, as opposed to going with a major -- I know you were in talks with a couple major labels. What made you decide to go with Hopeless over them?
I think it was just the timing and where we were as a band. We had a conversation with them, and they were just super excited about us and really receptive to what we wanted to do. It's more about who's going to be best for you and recognizing your vision than the major versus indie -- I don't think we really considered that too much. It was just who would care most about the band.
What's the length of the deal?
We have three albums total and then we can either decide to stick with them if we liked it or move on to bigger things. But I think as far as right now, we're completely in love with them.
So when is the album slated to come out?
I think it's going to be either March or April, spring sometime, definitely spring of next year.