Air Dubai

Air Dubai is an American six-piece hip hop band from Denver, Colorado, United States. The band is composed of vocalists Julian Church and Jon Shockness, with Lawrence Grivich (guitar), Michael Ray (keyboards/synth), Taylor Tait (bass), and Nick Spreigl (drums). The band is known for their highly energetic live performances and their sound has been characterized as a mixture of R&B, jazz, and alternative rock. The band was voted Westword Magazine's best Hip Hop band in their 2010, 2011 and 2012 award showcases. In December 2012 the band announced via their social media pages they had been signed to Hopeless Records[1] and released their major label debut album Be Calm in 2014. In August 2015, the band announced that they would be going on an "indefinite hiatus".

Air Dubai
Air Dubai performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2011.
Air Dubai performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2011.
Background information
OriginDenver, Colorado, U.S.
GenresHip hop, alternative rock
Years active2008-present
LabelsHopeless Records
MembersJulian Church
Jon Shockness
Lawrence Grivich
Michael Ray
Taylor Tait
Nick Spreigl
Past membersWesley Watkins


Beginnings (2009)Edit

Air Dubai began as a collaboration between Julian Church and Jon Shockness while the two were still in high school in Denver, Colorado. Starting initially as a side project, the pair focused more seriously when local blogs and publications began to take notice.

In June 2009, the duo decided to forego electronic beats and began performing with all live instrumentation.[2] Adding new members, also Denver-based musicians; Lawrence Grivich, Michael Ray, Nicholas Spreigl and Taylor Tait.

Wonder Age (2010)Edit

On April 19, 2010, Air Dubai announced on their official website that a new EP was in the works, with an expected release date of June 15, 2010. On June 1, Air Dubai announced they would be extending the EP into a full album and pushing the release date back. The album was their first release as a full band and titled Wonder Age.[3] Andy Guerrero, member of Colorado Hip Hop band Flobots acted as producer for the album.[4] On August 7, 2010 Air Dubai announced via their official YouTube channel that Wonder Age would be released worldwide on October 5, 2010.[5]

On March 28, 2011, Air Dubai released a remix album featuring remixed songs from Wonder Age for free on their official website.

Day Escape (2011)Edit

In summer of 2011, Air Dubai visited northern California to work on their next musical venture. Legendary producer Sylvia Massy, who has done albums for such bands as Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince was the lead producer for the album. On October 14, 2011, they announced via their facebook page that they would be releasing their newest album on October 25 titled Day Escape. The release of Day Escape saw further success for the band, with multiple songs being featured on MTV's Jersey Shore and I Used To Be Fat.[6] With the release of Day Escape, Air Dubai also began touring extensively as well as making several festival appearances.

Be Calm and hiatus (2012 - 2015)Edit

Shortly after the release of "Day Escape", Air Dubai began writing for what was to be a follow up EP. When they compiled their scrapped demos with the new songs they were writing, they decided they had enough material to produce a full-length. The album, which finished production on June 20, 2012 was recorded in Austin, Texas and was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dwight Baker.

On August 17, 2012 they announced via a video trailer on their YouTube channel and website that their new album, which was planned to be released in Fall of 2012, would be titled Be Calm. On September 12, 2012 they released the first single from Be Calm titled "All Day" and shortly after the second single titled "'Warning". On November 11, a few days before the planned release date for the album, Air Dubai announced they would have to postpone the release of Be Calm. In December 2012 it was revealed that this was due to the band being signed to indie music label Hopeless Records.[7]

On December 4, 2013, Air Dubai was announced as one of the bands taking a part in Vans Warped Tour 2014.[8]

Be Calm was released on July 1, 2014 through Hopeless Records, their label debut.[9]

Inn August 2015, the band announced that they would be going on an "indefinite hiatus", citing burnout and work on solo projects as the reasons.[10]


Studio albumsEdit


  • Day Escape (2011)
  • Warning EP (2013)


Title Year Album
Restless Youth 2010 Wonder Age
Soul & Body 2014 Be Calm
Warning (feat. Patricia Lynn)


  1. ^ Herrera, Dave (2010-07-01). "2010 Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap up". Westword. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2018-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Myspace. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-07-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  6. ^ "Jersey Shore | Season 6 Episodes (TV Series) | MTV". MTV. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  7. ^ Herrera, Dave (2012-12-14). "Air Dubai signs with Hopeless Records". Westword. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  8. ^ Vans Warped Tour (2013-12-04), Air Dubai Message For Warped Fans, retrieved 2018-05-28 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Be Calm by Air Dubai, 2014-07-01, retrieved 2018-05-28 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Dean, Ashley (August 3, 2015). "Air Dubai goes on 'indefinite hiatus,' says keyboardist Michael Ray". The Denver Post. Retrieved March 11, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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