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Sophie Trivia | 51 facts about the late pop musician

Sophie Trivia | 51 facts about the late pop musician

Sophie Xeon, better known as Sophie, was a Scottish musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, and DJ. She died at the age of 34. Let’s dive into some trivia and facts about her life and career. Her full name was Sophie Xeon She was born on September 17, 1986 She died on January 30, 2021 She was better known mononymously as Sophie Her stage name was stylised in all caps She was a Scottish musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, and DJ Known for a brash and “hyperkinetic” take on pop music Sophie worked closely with artists from the PC Music label, including A.G. Cook and GFOTY Sophie produced for acts such as Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Kim Petras, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and Namie Amuro Sophie, who initially remained anonymous, came to prominence with singles such as “Bipp” (2013) and “Lemonade” (2014) The songs were collected on the 2015 compilation Product Sophie’s debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides followed in 2018 The album earned a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album Sophie, later, came out as a trans woman After Sophie’s accidental death in 2021, Pitchfork called Sophie “the influential British producer who molded electronic music into bracingly original avant-garde pop” Sophie Xeon was born on 17 September 1986 in Glasgow She grew up there Starting at a very young age, Sophie’s father would play cassettes of electronic music in the car and take Sophie to raves, and Sophie quickly became enamoured with the music After receiving a keyboard as a birthday gift, Sophie then began to create new music At the age of approximately nine or ten years old, Sophie expressed a desire to drop out of school to be an electronic music producer Although Sophie’s parents did not allow this, and Sophie continued in school Sophie continued to create music throughout adolescence Sophie started to DJ weddings and birthdays as a child A half-sister asked Sophie to DJ her wedding Around this time, Sophie learned to DJ in addition to production Sophie’s adult music career began in a band named Motherland with bandmates Sabine Gottfried, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Marcella Dvsi She later collaborated with bandmate Matthew Lutz-Kinoy on a series of performance works In 2011, Sophie scored the short film Dear Mr/Mrs by Dutch team Freudenthal/Verhagen Sophie became involved with artists affiliated with the PC Music label after encountering Dux Kidz, a project between A. 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Cook and Danny L Harle Sophie primarily used the Elektron Monomachine and Ableton Live to create music Instead of sampling, instrumentals are built from waveforms Likening the construction of a track to building a sculpture out of different materials, Sophie used the Monomachine to create sounds resembling “latex, balloons, bubbles, metal, plastic, [and] elastic” AllMusic wrote that Sophie’s “sophisticated, hyperkinetic productions” feature a “surrealist, blatantly artificial quality”, typically making use of high-pitched female vocals in addition to “sugary synthesizer textures, and beats drawing from underground dance music styles” as well as “experimental sound design” The New York Times described Sophie’s work as “giddy fun, but […] also an invitation to consider pop’s pleasures, structures and gender expectations, and pop’s commercial status as both a consumer item and an emotional catalyst”The Fader likened it to “K-Pop, J-Pop, Eurodance at its most chaotic, and even turn of the millennium American/UK boybandisms” Sophie told Billboard that the genre of music produced was “advertising” Sophie’s early visuals came from a series of colourful images described as “Homemade Molecular Cooking” With the singles’ cover art often depicting objects made from plastic or other industrial materials This was an idea that originated from discussions with John Roberts, a fellow electronic musician Sophie was described as a reclusive figure, and remained anonymous for some time, concealing Sophie’s identity in interviews by masking Sophie’s voice or covering parts of Sophie’s body Early in Sophie’s career, Sophie’s real-life identity was the subject of press speculation Prior to coming out as a trans woman, some commentators accused Sophie of “feminine appropriation”, on the assumption that Sophie was a man using a female stage name In a 2013 Pitchfork e-mail interview, when asked about the choice of Sophie as a stage name, Sophie responded: “It tastes good and it’s like moisturizer” At one Boiler Room show, drag performer Ben Woozy was recruited to mime a DJ set while Sophie pretended to be a bodyguard The music video for “It’s Okay to Cry”, released in October 2017, was the first time Sophie’s voice and image were used in a release Sophie appeared nude from the bust up against a backdrop of clouds This was widely interpreted as a coming out announcement as a trans woman Sophie confirmed a trans identity in subsequent interviews, also speaking of feeling boxed-in by labels and describing music as Sophie’s “chosen method of commun

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