Kiana Valenciano has a voice that welcomes you in. This first comes to mind during the interview, though it’s been hinted early on — during phone calls between hair and makeup seshes, some quips here and there. It’s a surprisingly calm presence, stripped of any manufactured authority or intimidating elocution.
The same could be said of Mito Fabie — a.k.a. Curtismith — who arrives late with a sheepish and apologetic “I’m sorry!” Far from the tough persona imbibed by his raps, his is a playful, well-meaning presence; not unlike that college buddy you hang out with between classes.
“College buddy,” as a matter of fact, could very well describe the pair’s camaraderie. Easygoing, at times a little sabaw, their interactions contain a warmth that’s easily contagious. It’s this sort of ease, after all, that runs a common thread through the truly admirable.
Although familiarity alone isn’t enough to garner recognition, it definitely opens a door. Consider this: the two are definitely no strangers to the millennial compulsion for multi-tasking and creativity.