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Almost A Dirty Dozen with JORDI DAVIESON from SAN CISCO – February 2024

| 1 March 2024 | Reply

Photo credit: Olivia Senior

According to the bands bio: “San Cisco is an Australian indie pop band that formed in 2009 under the original name of King George, in Fremantle, Western Australia. The band are a three-piece, and currently consists of Jordi Davieson (guitar, lead vocals), Josh Biondillo (guitar, vocals) and Scarlett Stevens (drums, vocals). Davieson and Biondillo share duties on keyboards.” We get Jordi to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grasp the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material that only diehard fans might find?

If I told you where all the nuggets are, that would take all the fun out of it! The main point is that our songwriting and composition has evolved somewhat. At first, it may sound like a departure from classic San Cisco, but it really isn’t. All the major pillars are still there; it’s just been pushed through a different filter, so to speak.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I grew up in a very music-centric household, which I think has led to music being a very intrinsic thing for me. My parents were convinced that learning an instrument in conjunction with my schooling would really help my brain development, leading to music being more of an educational practice than fun. It wasn’t until I was about 13 that I started playing around with songwriting and having fun making something out of my minimal musical skill. I never really decided I was going to be a musician; it was just something I did. It wasn’t until I had to defer my Uni degree to tour that I thought, ‘I guess I’ll do this music thing for a while.’

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

In the early days, it was a mix of The Kooks, Angus and Julia Stone, Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend. I was obsessed with each of them and studied every little bit of content I could find. I consciously tried to emulate elements of each of them to find my own sound.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I’d love to see how Ezra Koenig or Alex Turner put a song together, especially their lyric writing.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

Being in and around the ocean is where I recalibrate myself. Surfing, fishing, diving. It sounds a little bogan, but it feels like a deep connection to me that can remedy any ailment of mine, whether it be emotional or physical.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’s never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I call it pop music. I can’t think of any! Who am I to be critical of someone’s interpretation of what we do?

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I cook. Josh gets the drinks, and the acoustic guitar rarely gets brought out because Scarlett is allergic to Kumbaya campfire sing-alongs. She hates it. Karaoke would be more the vibe. But if the guitar really must be pulled out, it’s probably our bass player Mitchell who does the deed.

8. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I think being able to create something you believe in and then share it with an audience of people that connect with it is really special, and I love it. The fact you can walk into the studio at the beginning of the day and leave with something that didn’t exist at the start of the day is a beautiful thing. I think being an owner of a few really successful restaurants and bars would be a pretty great way to make a crust.

9. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I don’t know, but that’s a good question! As for the annoying ones, pretty much any question that you could easily find the answer for in the first line of our Wiki page gives me the shits. I really appreciate it when journalists put effort into their interviews and come to the interaction with some pre-conceived thoughts about the whole thing.

10. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do-over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I’m not sure…I believe that most of the time things happened the way they do for a reason, and even if at the time it seems like an absolute shit fight, often in reflection, it happened exactly how it should have to get you where you are now. For example, right now, I kind of feel that Under The Light took too long to be finished and released. A bit far between drinks for my liking, but who knows, maybe it came out exactly when it needed to. I’m interested to find out.

11. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Neil Young’s Harvest Moon. The songwriting blows my mind.






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