Friday 5 July 2019
Scottish artist makes candy-coated, weird pop music, pushing the voices of the marginalised into the dominant culture

Capable of bridging the mainstream and the avant-garde like few other producers, SOPHIE is as comfortable taking inspiration from Autechre as she is collaborating with Madonna.

SOPHIE is an L.A.-based (originally Glaswegian) artist who first came to prominence in 2013 with her instant cult classic “Bipp”. Often associated with the similar-minded PC Music label, the Scottish producer’s tracks typically feature high-pitched female vocals, sugary synthesizer textures and beats drawing from underground dance music styles such as UK garage as well as mainstream pop and hip-hop.

The 32-year-old producer’s immediately recognisable approach made her an in-demand collaborator for artists seeking an edge to their work, and her production clients include Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX and Vince Staples (and Denmark’s own MØ).

On her early singles, collected on Product (released by Glasgow-based Numbers), she emphasised her music's whimsical artificiality, using it as candy-coated armour that expressed her queerness. Until recently, she generally shied away from publicity.

Then came Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, SOPHIE’s stunning debut album from 2018. Here, she allows some cracks in the facade, resulting in a fascinating union of shiny surfaces and what lies beneath them. The album features some of her most experimental music as it questions authenticity, identity and image. She proves that pop music can be used to push the voices of the marginalised into the dominant culture.

SOPHIE has garnered lots of critical acclaim. Top reviews and dominant spots on many ‘end of year’ lists (look here and here and here for #1s) make her a name to remember!

SOPHIE has recently remodelled her live show into an uncanny cabaret with dancers. When she visits Roskilde Festival 2019, expect an overwhelming experience, by turns joyous, cathartic and ostensibly wild, where notions of gender, genre, performance and sexuality are twisted, shredded and collapsed into one another before you.