Sophia is an upcoming Singer / Songwriter from London who works in the genres of Hip-Hop, Electronic, Dubstep and Pop music! We thought that Sophia’s music vibe and music was perfect for Essential Pop so were delighted when she agreed to complete a full feature about her work and experiences. Read on to discover what music Sophia enjoys listening to, what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months and how she creates her unique blend of electronic pop music!
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Sophia, 19-year-old urban girl, Singer, Songwriter whose music is Youthful, Aggressive, Vulnerable, Edgy & Unapologetic.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started singing from a young age, growing up listening to R&B, such as Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah & Usher. I started playing piano at 11 and went on to study music production at a fantastic Music school. I’m a songwriter first, above anything. I love writing for other artists and working with great musicians.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
This time last year I just put out my first single “Till We Die”, which was a Pop/Dance track.
I’ve since moved onto more Hip Hop Electronic, Dubstep sound this year.
I’ve been writing a lot and working with some great producers. I’ve been concentrating on getting an original sound. I’ve managed to get a lot of great magazine features, radio play and got my track played on some cool TV Programmes, so it’s been a great 12 months. I feel like I’ve grown a lot with my music since my first release.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I listen to a lot of 90s Hip Hop and R’n’B. I love Biggie & Aaliyah, but The Weeknd and Rihanna’s music really inspires me. There are a lot of great songwriters also, such as James Fauntleroy & Ester Dean.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Rihanna’s one of the coolest artists out there, she has great music. Beyoncé is amazing; she’s such a magnificent live performer. Also, The Weeknd and Drake; I love their sound.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Musically, It would be a dream to collaborate with producers Hit-Boy & Chase & Status.
Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?
I love Lana Del Rey, especially her lyrics. Rihanna’s latest album Talk That Talk is a favourite too, and I’ve always got 2Pac my playlists.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I usually write the lyrics and melody first. Then, the producer and me establish our ideas for the music, everything from the drums to the vocal. During the writing process, I know exactly how I want it to sound. It’s also important that the person your working with gets you and your style!
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Both for me. I guess melody in general as it’s what’s the catchiest, and stays with most people when they hear a song. But the lyrics make the song what it is. They determine the vibe. The lyrics are the story.
Q: Where are you based?
In London, baby!
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I grew up the first half of my life in Dubai. So, I’ve been around different environments! Dubai’s beautiful, and London has great energy. Everyone has a dream; everyone’s motivated to get somewhere! I love being around people like that.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m always writing. I recently wrote a song I sent to Cassie. I’m also working on new Dubstep tracks of my own with a brilliant DJ, and collaborating with great rap talent in London… stay tuned!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
I wrote a song with Grammy Award winner Mack Woodward who did Beyoncé’s ‘Ego’.
And having the support from such established, talented musicians is helpful. Their wise, they know their stuff and give great advice.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
I’m looking forward to going to the States to work on great music with Grammy winning production team Savant Soundz. I also hope to get a few videos done, and to get some radio play on 1Xtra would be a dream.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve got none planned at the moment. I’ve done a few gigs in Mayfair clubs, including Embassy. I’m concentrating more on the music side at the moment. I would like to start doing stripped down acoustic sets, their always fun.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
New York! The lights, the art, the diversity, the energy, talent and pace. Everything you could want is there.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Be original, be yourself, and believe in what your doing or no one will.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I’d love for you guys to check out my latest track ‘Malibu Love: The Remix’ on my Soundcloud page: www.soundcloud.com/sophiaofficial
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Editor’s Note: Sophia has all of the ingredients to enjoy a very successful career in electronic music. We’re looking forward to Sophia’s album with a great deal of excitement at Essential Pop.
If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Sophia, just follow the links below:
Twitter link: https://twitter.com/sophiasofficial
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/sophianow
Web page link: www.onlysophia.com
Soundcloud link: www.soundcloud.com/sophiaofficial