Air Traffic Controller Talk Top Tunes

Air Traffic Controller are currently out on the road, enjoying the praise and receptive crowds responding to their third album Black Box, which was released in March. The Duo of David Munro and Casey Sullivan have developed their approach to songwriting and are delivering some of the strongest performances of their career, along with some of the smartest tunes since they were placed on the 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Festival Performers.

With a unique approach to songwriting, which started when Dave would send Casey tracks during his deployment in the US Navy, the duo have since developed that approach of direct communication and cutting the quick with each track. Their musical tastes are broad, and so they seemed likely candidates to share the inspirations and sounds that belong in the musical DNA of Black Box.

First single I bought… 

David Munro: “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. I’m sorry, just trying to be honest here.

First live show I attended…

Casey Sullivan: The first big concert that I attended was Green Day. They were the one of the first bands that I got obsessed with when I was young and I saved up money to buy tickets. I hardly even remember the show but I remember being so so excited to see them.

First song I learned to play…

David Munro: Neil Young “Keep On Rockin In The Free World”. I was quickly taught this song by a kid at school who was not exactly a rock star guitarist. This was very good for my confidence, I figured if he could do it, I could too. Looking back, he was actually a fine saxophone player… I need to thank that dude.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice… 

Casey Sullivan: “Naive Melody” – Talking Heads. My mom introduced me to the Talking Heads when I was young and I’ve always loved Tina Weymouth, their bass player.

The song that reminds me of home… 

David Munro: “99 Red Balloons” by Nena. When I hear this song, I’m transported back to my living room floor watching MTV.

My guilty secret track…

Casey Sullivan: “Ascension Millennium” – Corey Feldman. The band got curious about Corey Feldman’s music career and now we sing and listen to this song pretty frequently.

The song I wish I wrote… 

David Munro: “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips. This song states some obvious things that we almost never think about, yet they are some of the most thought provoking facts in the universe. It makes me want to cry and smile big all at once. It leaves me at peace, but also leaves me feeling like I need to do way more with my precious life.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud… 

David Munro: “You Know Me” – I always do my best to relate to our listeners, and this one resonated with people in relationships. It’s simply about understanding your mate. Nothing makes my day more than when a couple tells us this is their song.

The song that should be played at my funeral… 

Casey Sullivan: “In the arms of the Angels” – Sarah McLachlan. I’ve never thought about a song to play at my funeral but this song always gets me pretty emotional during the ASPCA ads with all the lil puppies.

My favorite track from my most recent project…

David Munro:”People Watching” – We stepped out of our comfort zone to make this song and it paid off. It was written and recorded all at the same time with our producer Bleu. There’s even an instrument we’ve never played before, the marxophone, which is the first sound you hear on this album. It’s got a “seize the day” kind of message, and you could feel that attitude buzzing through the studio as it all came together.  

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