NAME: Valencia Low-Fi, Amaro Mayfair, Sutro// ROLE: Sonic geniuses // SHOW: The Architects of Sound: Arena Spectacular
What item can’t you live without in the rehearsal room?
V: The Macbook pro. Without it we simply would not be the iconic indie musicians you know and bow down to today.
S: A soy decaf latte on cold press almond milk, and make it Irish.
A: My Japanese Koto.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
V: Mariah Carey’s 2016 New Years Countdown really pushed lip sync boundaries. We hope to beat it during our run.
A: I’d have to say seeing Rogue Traders at the Eatons Hill Hotel – I was totally inspired by how they didn’t let their dwindling cultural relevance get them down.
What was the first ever performance you were in?
A: Many of you would be familiar with my breakout role. It was a 3 episode arc on McLeod’s Daughters where I played McLeod’s youngest daughter ‘Jiblet McLeod’ who was tragically run over by a rogue tractor from a neighbouring farm.
S: I performed the leading role in the school nativity play… the Star of Bethlehem.
A: Although Sutro didn’t have any lines she truly was the standout performer, which is why we wanted her to be in The Architects of Sound in the first place.
V: My first performance explored the concept of endurance and was a 52 hour long DJ set at a rooftop bar in brisbane where I only played the spanglish version of “The Ketchup Song” by Las Ketchup.
Why do you do what you do?
A: You know, that is a great question. Why do we do what we do? Well, because we simply could not do anything else. When you are a musical genius, it isn’t a matter of choosing to write music, it is a matter of having to. We are just vessels for creativity. It’s our job. We are sonic auteurs. We see what is happening in the world and then we create music as a means to comprehend and understand what is going on. A perfect example of this is when we wrote the dance hall track “Where are my toes?” It was really just an investigation into where we had put our toes and also where THE WORLD had put THEIR TOES. So it’s all about connection, coming together and engaging large audiences and starting a conversation. That’s why we do it.
But then you know, there is the other side of the coin. Why does anyone do anything? To become famous at all costs and burn as many music industry bridges as possible.
What excites you about Perth?
V: We have heard that Pürthé has Australia’s highest number of culturally elite people per capita.
A: Pürthé is two hours behind Brisbane. So it’s going to be nice to go there and feel younger again.
S: It will be nice to make some new friends
What’s your favourite thing about summer?
V: Global Warming. Currently we are all inspired by the monochromatic colour scheme of the Great Barrier Reef.
What show/s are you looking forward to during Summer Nights or Fringe World?
A: ‘Stuart Bowden: A series of Portraits’, ‘Salty’, ‘Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus’. But I am most looking forward to this exceptional three piece act called ‘The Architects of Sound’. Their show looks incredibly thought provoking and jaw dropping. High concept comedy.
V: Yes, Anything high-concept, high-brow that goes over our heads. You know you’ve found quality, avant-garde art when you understand very little to nothing that is going on.
S: Anything that explores the concept of audacity.
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