SOPHIE Pushes Pop To New Sonic Heights

SOPHIE Pushes Pop To New Sonic Heights

Sophie is the pop-electronic sensation approaching music through a sculptural lens.

Sophie is the pop-electronic sensation approaching music through a sculptural lens.

Photography: Luke Gilford

Styling: Kyle Luu

Text: Devin Barrett

A version of this spread appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of the issue today at shop.vmagazine.com

“Sound is very important to me, rather than genre. I like to make the characteristics of individual sounds connect with the content of the song. When I’m synthesizing textures it’s very much thinking about materials from the real world and trying to figure out why they stand the way they do and their characteristics, sonically. In the past, I’ve been interested in sculpture and in some way that’s informed how I think about things now. I really like to start my compositions from a sculptural point. 

I’m a huge admirer of Pet Shop Boys and how they reflect on culture, queer culture, fashion, pop culture, and world history. Neil Tennant was studying history of some sort, and seeing pop culture as living in recent history. It’s something I don’t feel a lot of people do. I’d like to see it in that way—as meaningful and reflective of where society is now, in the context of more classical history and art. 

The biggest challenge in today’s music industry is unchallenging ideas being sold as experimental ideas. That’s a huge problem when you’re trying to get to something authentic and emotional in music whilst still engaging with this system. There are infinite possibilities of where music can move. Now, pop music can be anything at all.”

SOPHIE WEARS JACKET, SHIRT, SKIRT BALENCIAGA, ON LIPS L'ORÉAL COLOUR RICHE MATTE LIPSTICK IN 808 MATTE-CADEMIA
Credits: Makeup  Ralph Sicilliano (The Wall Group) using mac cosmetics HAIR Ward (The Wall Group) Set Designer  Lauren Nikrooz (the magnet agency) Photo Assistants  Jason Acton, John Griffith Set Designer Assistant  Alvin Manalo Location  Pier 59 Studios NYC

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