Having returned to music in late 2019 with a fresh sound and new direction, Sophie Jamieson is set to end 2020 just as strongly as she started it.
Brimming with a building sense of brooding, intense emotion, her second EP; Release offers an intricate and tender glimpse into Sophie’s world. We hear her intertwining steadied electro-pop beats with the simplicity of her stunning vocals; resulting in something rather breathtaking.
Caught up in her atmosphere, we sent Sophie some questions to learn more about her and the influences behind her musical career.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
Hi I’m Sophie, I’ve been making music for 17 years in total. Best if you don’t hear the first 6 years though.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I only decided this just under 2 years ago. I was never encouraged to pursue music seriously. I felt I wasn’t good enough to do so, and that I was kidding myself to be treading down that path. I also felt I was too young to close off other career paths. After a 5 year break from music I found myself writing again, and it felt so right, like a home-coming. It was less about being good enough and more about having something that I needed to give.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
My relationship with myself, my contradictions, my ugly truths.
Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I didn’t know I could care about anything this much, or how much I would be willing to sacrifice for something. I also didn’t realise how little else I needed.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I’m fine with the fact that I knew nothing and that I was naive and made mistakes. I’m happy that my mistakes lead me to quitting music, and taking it up again when I was older and ready to give it my full force. If I’d known the challenges I would be facing, I would have slogged through because I felt I had to, and burnt out later on.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
You all need to listen to Sarah Goodson, Chartreuse, Ajimal and Lazy Day.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
My dream tour would be around the US of A. It would be like, 3 months long. Long enough to forget what home looks or smells like, long enough to feel lost and found, long enough to go completely crazy and come home an emotional wreck. I’d be supporting my favourite band in the whole world. I’d learn buckets from watching them every night. We’d all become best friends forever. My rider would involve whatever’s local plus hummus, peanut butter, bananas, a different kind of chocolate bar every night, a different local bourbon every night and normally I’d need a solid biscuit supply but if we’re in the US I’d accept some cookies.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Anything! Anyone can have it. I need the money!
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
I just want to see the world from a tour van.