DARBY STREET LIVE SHOWCASE: Bravo Victor w/ Hannah Stretton / by Hannah Stretton

Photography by Troy Quesadilla

Photography by Troy Quesadilla

Continuing on our line-up of incredible artists to appear at Darby Street Live on the 24th of this month is the duo, Jono Burgess (bassist) & Sophie Aked (vocals), who bring us Bravo Victor. 

Having met while studying at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 2013, the pair, despite their musical differences, came together & mixed their loves of jazz, classic and pop music to create original scores and melodies - you could say they created a Frankenstein of sorts. 

Music video for their second single, 'For All His Flaws', & tune on their smashing self-titled E.P

Playing at the 'bad and boujee' Ramjet boutique store on the 'Not Just Grrrls' stage from 3pm, you will not only feast your eyes on an assortment of clothing treasures (for all people) but also discover your next favourite thing, the comforting sound of Bravo Victor.

This dynamic duo bring a whole lot of energy, passion and musical thought to each and every performance and ahead of the big day we got to chat to Jono and Sophie to learn what they're all about. You can check this out below... 

How would you describe your music?

Sophie: Emotionally driven art pop with some jazz influences.

What can people expect from your performance at Darby Street Live? 

S: The addition of a snare drum, for some fuller beats, and a very raw acoustic performance. We love to create as much of a vibe whenever we play live. So I think, given the outdoor context, we will try to close in on ourselves as much as possible, to draw people in. Create a little music bubble if you will. 

Jono: Some regular BV making up stuff on the fly, but also Sophie is playing some snare drum now, which is bringing something new to our whole show.

Who’s your favourite local music artist & why?

S: Jason Lowe is probably up there for both of us. His lyrics are beautiful and his latest album is superbly recorded and mixed. I’m also a fan of Jones the Cat boys - they have a really awesome live show, oodles of energy, as well as some really clever lyrics. 

J: At the moment I am really loving Jason Lowe as well, his latest release has been on repeat in my car the last couple of weeks and the majority of the album was recorded by Adam Miller, who is also one of my favourite Newcastle artists and I’ve stolen a bunch of my techniques off of him as well 😜 (top secret never been heard before).

What do you love about Newy’s music scene?

S: I love that there’s an expectation for high quality music in Newcastle, particularly at market events and festivals, like Darby Street Live. It fosters a great sense of community within the musicians and brings a lot of joy to performers and listeners alike. 

J: Despite the tumultuous future of Newcastle’s live music venues, the artists and creatives of Newcastle seem to stronger and more tight knit than ever.

 What is your favourite thing about Newy - what would you recommend to the tourists out there? 

S: I’m a big fan of the reserves and walking paths, particularly by the lake. I would always recommend a tourist visit Glen Rock. 

J: The beach, Esther C and if you’re here mid-week go check out NIMA.

When and where can we catch you for Darby Street Live? 

S & J: We will be on the ‘Not Just Grrrls’ stage at 3:10 pm - you will find the stage at the boutique store, Ramjet

There you have it, to check out more about Bravo Victor you can find gig updates, new music and other goodies on their website or social links below. Meanwhile, I recommend you check out their incredible new self-titled E.P. on Spotify and catch them at Darby Street Live on the 24th! 

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