Overcoming sudden adversity of their continued quest for achievement world wide is a strong journey for anybody who’s devoted to persevering with their dream. The members of the distinctive Latin electro rock band, Icaro del Sol proved simply that after they have been once more chosen to carry out in particular person at this yr’s SXSW in Austin this previous March.
The Santiago, Chile-based group, which is comprised of vocalist-drummer, Sebastián Valenzuela and vocalist-guitarist, Francisco Soto, was chosen to carry out on the Texas-based pageant this yr, after they have been chosen as an official artist to carry out at showcases throughout SXSW 2020. The band was chosen to advertise one in all its most introspective works of its catalog, its 2019 third studio album, ‘La Luna Estalló,’ which was impressed by the historical past of Chilean hip-hop, throughout the pageant two years in the past.
However the 2020 version of SXSW was cancelled per week earlier than it was scheduled to start in March of that yr, as a result of rising issues of the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic and lowdowns being instated throughout the U.S. Icaro del Sol was invited again to the pageant, which resumed in-person occasions this yr, throughout which the duo carried out at Low Down and Chess Membership in Austin.
Valenzuela and Soto generously took the time to take part in an unique interview throughout SXSW. Amongst different issues, the musicians mentioned that they’ve been performing collectively in bands since they have been youngsters, and with Icaro del Sol as their present group, they wish to infuse their newest songs with quite a lot of ideas that at the moment are widespread in music. The duo additionally expressed their gratitude that their fellow musicians, in addition to their followers, from throughout North and South America have been so excited to see them carry out throughout this yr’s SXSW.
ShockYa (SY): Collectively, you play within the Latin electro rock band, Icaro del Sol. What impressed you to pursue music as a profession, and kind the group?
Francisco Soto (FS): Like many musicians, we began as youngsters; I began once I was round 10. What I believe could be very particular is that we have been introduced collectively in a band after we have been round 15. We now have been taking part in collectively since then in a number of bands; I believe that is the fourth band that we’ve shaped. Sebastián has at all times been on the drums, and I’ve at all times been on the guitar within the totally different bands.
We’ve at all times had totally different guitarists, and both three or 4 members. However now, we’re a duo, and we use electronics, samples and quite a lot of ideas that at the moment are widespread in music. We handle to make music and carry out exhibits with simply the 2 of us.
With this band, we’ve had numerous development, as we’ve been studying totally different types. Our base style is extra rock-n-roll, however we’ve additionally grown into digital, funk and just a little little bit of jazz, in order that we will broaden our musical skills. So this band is a results of all our experiences, which began a very long time in the past, and are very particular to us.
SY: When you shaped Icaro del Sol collectively, what has the expertise been like of writing the songs for the group collectively?
FS: We each work on items of the music. My elements are based mostly on the guitar, however they will also be a key phrase or a small piece of music. After I get an thought, I’ll ship it to Sebastián, and he’ll course of it, add a melody and ship it again. Or generally, Sebastián can have an entire music prepared, and I’ll simply add the guitar in, or vice versa. So there are a number of ways in which we create our songs.
Though some songs are virtually utterly written by me or Sebastián, more often than not we share the writing duties. Lastly, it finally ends up with a pleasant mixture of our two totally different capabilities.
Another bands primarily create songs whereas they’re rehearsing, however we don’t try this an excessive amount of. Extra usually, we provide you with concepts after we’re taking part in on our personal. We create one thing within the pc and it sounds good, which kind the concepts for our songs.
Sebastián Valenzuela (SV): We’ve recognized one another for thus a few years that we will full one another’s sentences. We’re a great complement for one another as a result of we all know one another’s fashion. A whole lot of concepts go into the trash, however the work in course of could be very fluid. Our course of works as a result of our concepts actually mix collectively. The writing course of is quick for us as a result of we all know one another, and what our musical tastes are.
SY: What are your plans on the way you’ll launch your newest songs? Will you be releasing a report this yr?
SV: We could also be releasing an EP later this yr.
FS: We could take 5 – 6 songs and launch them as an EP. We don’t know if making a full-length album proper now’s a good suggestion as a result of it takes a very long time to course of the entire materials. So we’re hopping to complete the EP by the top of the yr. We don’t precisely how we’ll do it, or the place we’ll report it, however we’re hoping to begin the method quickly.
We have already got two songs, and small items of different music which will grow to be full songs. We’re additionally capturing some new types; one in all our current songs has extra of a Latin or Reggaeton drum bases. That’s very totally different than what we’ve been doing on our different songs. It additionally has just a little little bit of rock and enjoyable sounds.
We really feel like we will discover these types of music as a result of we’re very concerned in that in our nation. It’s fascinating to lastly be a rock band, and add some Latin and hip-hop vibes that may be extra stunning.
SY: What has the expertise been like of attending SXSW this yr as an official showcase musician?
FS: (The duo carried out throughout its two SXSW showcases after the interview,) so we don’t have any suggestions from the viewers but. However there are the individuals who know us from Chile and different international locations are very enthusiastic about our go to to the pageant, which brings numerous curiosity to the band.
We all know another bands from Chile right here, in addition to bands from Mexico, so we’re going to go see them carry out. We’ll additionally excited to get to know another musicians and bands whereas we’re right here. After we play, we’ll in all probability have some opinions about our band, which might lead us to go to different festivals, together with in Mexico, Argentina, Columbia and much more right here. So it’s a really huge step for us, and it’s been thrilling to have the ability, to play right here, as a part of the American music trade. So for us, this is a superb expertise.
SY: How would you describe your efficiency fashion when you’re acting at exhibits throughout festivals like SXSW?
FS: We now have a really trendy present as a result of we’re solely a duo. We solely have drums and guitar, and the remainder are samples of the bass, keys and a few voices. Whereas the band is small, we now have numerous energy and good beats after we play our songs. We additionally purpose to have individuals begin dancing, and hope individuals like our strategy,