It’s hard to make a mark on a generation that moves at the speed of an Instagram feed but SOFI – she’s got us all watching.
SOFI has never stopped climbing the ladder since working with deadmau5 having now worked with a multitude of top music industry names. Tommy Lee, Britney Spears, Skrillex – the list is endless and what seems to be clear after our interview is that Sofi Toufa has found success but still has a treasure chest filled with surprises for us over the upcoming year and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the dance vocal queen.
Check out our interview with SOFI!
1. You’ve been in the music industry for a while with continued success, what would you say is the biggest difference between breaking into the industry in 2016 and when you started? Is it easier or harder today?
2. You’ve worked extensively with legendary Canadian producer Deadmau5. What was it like working with him and can we expect any more collaborations between you guys in the future?
Mau5 changed my life. It sounds cheesy- no pun intended but its true. Artistically speaking I had been wanting to get into making my own music and working with him kinda set the tone. It felt right. it just made sense.I had met him a few years before we worked together and so writing with him felt organic and chill. I couldn’t have imagined the record turning into such a big success and for us to tour it all over the world as we did. We haven’t talked about working together in the future. It’ll either happen or it won’t. I think we have some unreleased bits and pieces laying around somewhere, too. We just recently impromptu performed “SOFI needs a ladder” in Vegas which was a special little moment.
3. You’re currently dating Tommy Lee, but you’re also working with him on a few songs! Do you think being with someone who understands your creative energy is an important part of a successful relationship for a musician?
For sure! That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be with a musician though . Just someone who gets it.
4. You recently went swimming with sharks in the Atlantic Ocean! What is the wildest or craziest thing you have ever done?
You know anytime I get asked that question I can’t think of that one thing and I’m not sure there is one. I went hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro, Night diving in Fiji, I moved to the US without a work permit, a job or place to live… A few weeks ago I went to this immersive horror theater called ALONE in downtown LA that you had to go through on your own.
5. When it comes to writing songs, where is your go to place for inspiration and what’s your top tip for overcoming writer’s block?
I mainly draw from my life even if becomes its on fictional story. The emotion behind it is mine, from a memory usually. Music, Movies, Friends all inspire me. My tip, including to myself is: Just write. Whatever. Collect. Just keep at it. Allow yourself to make mistakes and start over and don’t edit as you write your first draft.
6. Top 3 pieces of equipment you can’t live without in the studio?
A good mic, notebook and a pen.
7. If you could collaborate with any artists or producers who would it be and why?
Max Martin, cause he has written and produced so many influential and successful pop songs. He is royalty.
Pharrell Williams, The Neptunes, Ive been a fan since Noreaga’s “Superthug”. He has managed to stay current for 20 years.
Flume, ever since I saw him at Coachella few years ago. He is fresh, different. Love his sounds.
The Weeknd, cause of his affinity to Michael Jackson vocals and his rawness.
Disclosure, Lido, Mr Oizo, Ryan Tedder
TÃLÃ is fresh.
The list goes on. I’m a music fan.
8. Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you?
People still seem to be baffled when I tell them that I learned to speak English from watching MTV back in Germany where I grew up and that my parents don’t speak any English.
9. You were a backup singer for Britney Spears during her Circus tour, what was the one thing you enjoyed most about being part of this tour and sharing the stage with Britney?
If you had told my 15 year old self that’d I’d be doing that one day I would’ve said you’re crazy. Every single person involved in making that show happen is at the top of their field, so being surrounded by such professionals pushes you. I made some great friends on that tour and I really enjoyed the rehearsal process. Britney was super sweet.
10. If you have a day off in LA, we can find you…. ?
Usually eating food somewhere outdoorsy:) LA has so much to offer. I love hiking, a long brunch, movies, the ocean and for sure always down for Netflix & Chill.
11. What’s the best piece of advice an industry insider has given you?
“Keep doing what your doing. Don’t be impatient, you are great”
12. What can we expect next from you over the upcoming months?
I’ve been in hibernation mode, writing and recording songs. I’m super close to completing a body of work I am happy with. It doesn’t sound like anything I’ve done before but still recognizable I’d say.
I’m also getting back into acting class which I’m excited about!
13. What does Paradise mean to you?
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