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FUTURE POP WITH SOPHIE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Influenced by a wide variety of underground and nostalgic trends comes mysterious producer Sophie. With his appearance almost as elusive as his musical description, Sophie falls into a genre category that has yet to be defined. From his 80’s pop synth revivals in EEEHHH/Nothing More To Say to his more grime influenced verses in HARD, Sophie creates an eclectic palette of influences that stretch as far as J-Pop and it’s vocaloid movement.

Signed to Numbers, the label responsible for the likes of Rustie and other accelerating artists, Sophie has pulled a close-knit group of underground producers and listeners into a more public sphere. With artists like A.G. Cook and labels like PC Music and Hope Sick Cola, quirky underground artists have emerged in a way that has never happened before with popular music. Where kawaii-esque meets the outer rims of lolicore and obscure pop music, Sophie has created a blended array of underground genres that has got music journalists and listeners stumped.

When asked about his thought processes behind Lemonade and HARD, “I think about physics and materials. Lemonade is made out of bubbling, fizzing, popping and Hard is made from metal and latex — they are sort of sculptures in this way. I synthesize all sounds except for vocals using raw waveforms and different synthesis methods as opposed to using samples. This means considering the physical properties of materials and how those inform the acoustic properties. For instance — why does a bubble have an ascending pitch when popped and why does metal clang when struck and what is this clanging sound in terms of pitch and timbre over time? How do I synthesize this? Perhaps after learning about these things it might be possible to create entirely new materials through synthesis.”

Through that explanation alone, Sophie has shown that his ideas in production translates far beyond musicality. He demonstrates that an artist is full circle – a performance (using his fake Boiler Room decoy for example). When asked about his mysteriousness: “The music is not about where someone grew up or what they look like against a wall therefore you should try to use every opportunity available to say what you’re trying to say instead of saying here’s my music and this is what I look like. Nobody cares.”

Catch Sophie alongside Andrea and Tommy Jacob this Thursday at Fortune Sound Club.

 

 

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

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