M.A.N.F.L.Y. is the birth child of Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y., two infamous acts that have been storming the underground scene for over a decade. Each one having their own bottomless stream of tracks that have been spread across multiple labels and played by all of your favorite acts. Miami Music Week was a busy week for both acts as their names appeared plastered across parties and festival lineups all week. And we were definitely NOT complaining!
Magnetic Mag was able to get together with the rambunctious and infamous collaboration M.A.N.F.L.Y., comprised of Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y. and talk to them about the collaboration and their excitement for Rapture Electronic Music Festival!
MM: What is the origin of Audiofly & M.A.N.D.Y. working together on the collaboration “M.A.N.F.L.Y.”?
M.A.N.D.Y.: Like a business consultant, he told us how to make money because Audiofly didn’t really make money -- neither did M.A.N.D.Y., so we had to come together and build a business for the future of ourselves and our kids. And it already pays back, I have to say... The truth is that we started to do this in Miami, I think, three years ago, right? Yes. We came together. We had a dinner. We took some notes, and we said, “Let’s do M.A.N.F.L.Y."
Audiofly: We, we had a business concept.
M.A.N.D.Y.: It was very very organic. Very beautiful. We started playing together a long time ago actually but we never had a name.
Audiofly: Then maybe three years ago we decided to put the name M.A.N.F.L.Y. because of M.A.N.D.Y. I know you’re fly and everything so…
M.A.N.D.Y.: Yeah. So we met the first time in Miami at the music conference and that’s like twelve years ago… It was in front of the Delano Hotel.
Audiofly: Yeah, it was so much fun.
M.A.N.D.Y.: We saw each other and we knew the guys had a great record out. I was playing it all the time. It was this great vinyl with a white label and then I was screaming at them with the flyer "M.A.N.D.Y." all the time and they were screaming, "Audiofly". And from this moment it’s been 12 years we have this consistent relationship. But finally, it’s come to this M.A.N.F.L.Y. Like a love story.
MM: Well, this second question might sound silly but are you guys happy playing together as M.A.N.F.L.Y.?
M.A.N.D.Y.: Actually yes.
MM: You seem very happy.
M.A.N.D.Y.: Last year we played together here at Rapture Festival and it was unbelievable. And this year we’re just doing it -- because last year it was just me, him, and Phillip and it was fantastic and everybody was over the top with it. This year we didn’t know what to expect because it’s just the two of us. Anthony, my partner, is going to joining us later. It was beautiful, because it started a little weird. There were a few problems and then it went like, “boom,” from average to amazing in a minute.
Audiofly: I was just reading this book, the biography of Herbie Hancock and he was talking about the idea and essence of jazz music. He said the main idea about Jazz is that it’s all about the moment. So, whatever happens next, you don’t know. Like improvisation and communication in a band and you could compare it to this duet and trio in us DJs. It’s just communication. You don’t talk. You don’t talk but the music does the talking.
M.A.N.D.Y.: Communication with melodies and basslines and enjoying the people. I never talk to Luca in such a good way.
Audiofly: No, but this is the beauty of music I think. You actually find somebody -- a partner, randomly like that -- and you can play music together. It’s a very difficult thing to play back-to-back. A bunch of people whose sounds are completely off. But sometimes you find somebody that you play so well with, and the music goes so well, but with one another it feels like a pleasure. It feels like sex actually. [*Both Laugh*]
MM: It’s alive in its own way.
M.A.N.D.Y.: Yes! You know you can play back to back with everyone in a way and if you’re lucky it turns out good. But not every time. What is good about the M.A.N.F.L.Y. thing, if you know someone as much as we’ve known each other [the four of us] you trust in the taste of music and the instinct. You know these people personally.
Audiofly: You are talking too much I think…[*Everyone Laughs*]
M.A.N.D.Y.: Yeah, but you can cut it… [*Continues Laughing*]
Audiofly: No it’s great. If you can trust in each other, and the music taste of your friend, of the person you’re playing with, then it’s such a comfortable thing to do. If something is really strange and you think, “Ahhh, it could be wrong,” it wouldn’t fit -- You wouldn’t think so because you know this guy is always right.
M.A.N.D.Y.: You feed off of each other. You really feed off of each other. Like, I play one track and you love it, and then you know what to do next.
MM: Have you guys ever released together as M.A.N.F.L.Y.?
M.A.N.D.Y.: We have two tracks together as a collaboration. We started last year. One is more electronic, disco-y and the other is more techno/deep.
Audiofly: Something like that!
M.A.N.D.Y.: We all came together in the studio and it was a huge mess. But we actually managed to do two really amazing tracks together. Everybody collaborated, everybody had great ideas about it. It came as M.A.N.F.L.Y. here, on the beach, organic, unique, different...
Audiofly: It has its own audio style and it sounds like the real M.A.N.F.L.Y.
MM: And do you guys have any plans to release together in the future?
Audiofly: Yeah, of course.
M.A.N.D.Y.: We’re looking for a label so if you guys are a label out there and you listen to us then call us.
Audiofly: I would like to release on Miles Davis’ label, please.
[*Lots of Laughs*]
MM: And how was the crowd at Rapture?
M.A.N.D.Y.: It was great actually -- like you… Beautiful, sexy, powerful-powerful, interesting.
[*LOTS OF BLUSHING*]
Audiofly: It was really hot in the beginning, so it was -- people were struggling -- then all of a sudden... Like I told you before, it went from whatever to super amazing and people are just going to the vibe.
MM: And how do you guys prepare for a set such as for, Rapture Festival?
Audiofly: We didn't.
M.A.N.D.Y: Not together.
M.A.N.D.Y: ...But didn't you send... OK, I prepared. He didn’t.
Audiofly: I didn’t prepare.
M.A.N.D.Y: He used to be a jazz musician, I’m a bit more of like a German guy.
Audiofly: I had the first track and then from there, I knew it was going to be alright.
M.A.N.D.Y.: I prepared the first track. [*Both Laugh*]
MM: I'll close off the interview with this last question! Do you guys have any past stories of shenanigans in Miami that you may want to share?
Audiofly: I’m not going to reveal any of that.
M.A.N.D.Y.: I just lost my voice.
M.A.N.D.Y.: There is a story involving a hotel room, the two of us -- no I’m joking, I’m joking.
Audiofly: It’s happening tonight.
MM: Thank you very much guys, it was such a pleasure.
M.A.N.F.L.Y. will play in LA on May 12 if you want to see them in action together again.