Headliner band San Cisco provided much bravado for the State of the Art Music Festival; smashing out a great set to those lucky enough to catch them live. Lost found time to speak with vocalist Jordi Davieson and Scarlett Stevens before their set on what they looked forward most about their festival, quirky future music ideas and the secret to making people dance.
How have you found the SOTA fest so far?
J: Well we got here about an hour ago; I think it was very smart to put it in a tent. I think that was great initiative taken by the producers of the festival.
S: I think Elizabeth Quay looks great, the concert is a great use of the space.
What bands are you looking forward to seeing?
J: Ta-Ku, Koi-Child – all the bands, there is not one band we are not looking forward to seeing.
S: Ta-Ku as well.
What do you expect from your upcoming set tonight?
J: We plan on it not going wrong, we expect dancing and singing.
S: Dancing, singing and laughter.
Your music lately has had that element of funk in it; do you want the audience to get active?
S: If you could make people dance with your music then you’re killing it.
J: Dancing is always good, we want more dancing.
What does it feel like playing with so many local artists?
J: It’s kind of scary because it’s all your peers – and they all know what you are actually like. Which I find is quite different to what you do on the stage; I find it quite scary.
S: It’s quite intimidating because I think the Perth music scene is one of the best, full of many amazing musicians and definitely like Jordy said it’s kind of intimidating.
How does it feel like being at the top of that list, being the second headline?
J: It’s scary and intimidating; I don’t really feel like we really deserve it.
S: Kind of unwarranted.
J: All those things.
Did you expect it when you started out as a band? Did you ever expect to be headlining a festival?
J: I wrote my first song thinking F**K yeah I’m going to headline festivals straight away – no we had no idea. I was going to do graphic design at Curtin University and I was pretty set on that and so was Josh and Scarlett was at WAAPA doing arts management, so no we absolutely no idea at all. This all just sort of happened.
S: I think in the space of time, no.
Do you find it a different experience each time you play at a festival?
J: It’s always very humbling and different. Having a large group of people singing along to songs you have written in your bedroom or in a studio – I don’t think will ever get old.
S: I agree, we haven’t played that many festivals recently so it’s always a bit daunting getting up there.
Could you see yourselves as a band go down a different stylistic route?
J: I think as Scarlett said we just want people to dance more. We have just got to keep moving in that hooky, dancey direction.
S: We need to stay true to what we think we do best; the storytelling, our own life experiences and the music.
So the secret ingredients are experiences and dancing?
J: Hooks and honesty – I have been listening to a lot of Drake lately and I think the key to Drake is the hooks and how vulnerable and honest he is. He might not be being honest, he might be having a bunch of songwriters behind him, but to us he’s this heartbroken bastard who’s…
S: Opening up to you.
J: I think that is the key.
Would you say in future albums you’ll be opening up a bit more?
J: I’m planning on crying in the next one, there is going to be a track dedicated to Jordie sobbing. It’s going to be about a minute thirty I reckon; just abstract crying with Scarlett comforting and tapping on the back and then laughing at the end; simple, ambient sounds and crying.
So what is next for San Cisco?
J: That. That’s what’s happening next. That’s going to be our next single, Jordie crying; Jordie had a shit day, that’s what it’s going to be called. No we have music coming – soon.