Shot/Directed by: Deaf Poets
Edited By: Ramiro Dall'Agnese & Nicolas Espinosa
Appearances By: Fern Esturilho & Cori Pappalardo
Miami garage rockers Deaf Poets release "What Am I To Do" single on July 1st.
"Deaf Poets...know how to make girls dance."- Nylon Magazine
"It was rocking, it was rolling" - Consequence of Sound
"[Deaf Poets] have hit on the perfect combination of aggression and craft."- Miami New Times
"The vid...features an activity that you’d definitely want to do to your friends." - Brightest Young Things
A childhood friendship, formed in a Miami Beach elementary school art club, laid the foundation for the eventual 2014 Miami New Times "Best Band in Miami" -- garage rock duo Deaf Poets. Drawing comparisons to Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and Dead Weather, singer/guitarist Sean Wouters and Argentina-born drummer Nicolas Espinosa excel at volume and attitude, of course, but also display an adeptness at crafting emotionally revealing material, exhibiting the songwriting skill and depth to inspire adoration from their heavily EDM & hip hop-leaning hometown.
The pair have been on a tear for the past year, hitting their stride in September when their single "Degenerate Mind" appeared on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Soundtrack. They followed that up with a well-received performance at South Florida's III Points Festival in October, with Consequence of Sound's Phillip Roffman calling their set “rocking…[and] a nice reprieve from the electronics.” A month later, they opened a couple of Florida shows for Matt and Kim, and closed out the year touring before getting into the studio to record their forthcoming album, which they're preparing to release later this year. Deaf Poets have tapped Jim Diamond (The Dirt Bombs, The White Stripes, Electric Six) to mix the album, and just revealed the music video for the first single, "What Am I To Do," released on July 1st.
Espinosa has this to say about "What Am I To Do":For me, "What Am I To Do" is a song about Miami. It is about searching for and finding something (or someone), with the city of Miami as the setting of the narrative. As we were writing it, I envisioned Miami and how I'm looking for my niche in a city that has grown so much since I moved here in 2000 from Argentina. Some of the lyrics will speak to some Miami natives. Visually, we wanted the music video to be simple and engaging. We only had one shot to capture it, so this is our one and only take.