Luis Valencia was born in Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico. At the age of two, he traveled to the United States with his family and proceeded to grow up in Mesa, AZ. Luis studied at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Spanish, along with a minor in Arts and Cultural Management. During his time at NAU he studied abroad for a summer in Salamanca, Spain. He also held multiple positions within the Kappa Xi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, including President and Fraternity Education Officer. He also had the opportunity to serve as an intern for both the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Sedona Film Festival. Luis joined the Florence Project in July 2016.