Sophie Rose is running with the music leaders of today!
Ok so here’s the deal. Sophie Rose is the extremely talented new singer-songwriter that is signed to a joint venture between music industry legends Ester Dean & Dr Luke’s Prescription Songs publishing label. Let’s just say, if these two titans say she’s good – she’s amazing!
Despite being only 16 years old, she’s written over 250 songs and has been pitching them to artists including Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Demi Lovato and more! Her song “Attention” is the theme song for AwesomenessTV’s brand new original series Guidance and is airing on go90 already. Sophie Rose has that classic dark pop sound we can’t wait to hear more, with her powerful and catchy lyrics we guarantee you won’t be able to get her out of your head!
See the full interview below:
1. Music has been a huge part of your life so far, how was it introduced to you as a child and at what point did you decide that you wanted to pursue this as a career?
No one in my family is musically inclined, but I have always had a passion for music. There are videos of me as a toddler singing into a plastic microphone. Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started making it into a career when I began writing songs at 9 years old.
2. You’ve written over 250 songs at such a young age! How did you get started as a lyricist?
I started writing my own songs after I listened to Taylor Swift. Her music really inspired me to let my thoughts and feelings out through songwriting. The first songs I wrote were all based on events that happened in my life, so pretty much songs about boys. Haha!
3. Obviously having written so many songs, inspiration is not in short supply – how do you find new creative ideas and topics?
Now that I’m writing professionally and nearly five days a week, I have to be more creative. I’m only 16, so I haven’t had many life experiences to write about. It’s interesting to have conversations with people and think from their perspective. Listening to people talk about their lives can be very refreshing. The goal for every song I write is for it to resonate with someone, so writing about things that happen in my friends’ lives can create something great.
4. You’re currently signed to Ester Dean & Dr Luke’s joint publishing venture. What’s two of the most interesting things you’ve learnt from working with each of these music industry legends?
Being signed to Ester and Luke has been a dream. Ester has helped me grow so much as an artist and my team at Prescription Songs have been absolutely incredible. One of the things I’ve learned from working with them is that you have to work extremely hard to maintain success. One hit can be an accident, but multiple hits take dedication and hard work. Another thing I’ve learned is that relationships are key. The more people you work with, the more opportunities you create.
5. You’ve been inspired by artists such as Katy Perry, who’s worked a lot with Dr luke. How did it feel to start working with a producer who’s responsible for writing a lot of the songs you’ve grown up listening to and loving? Also, how did this partnership come about?
It’s unreal. It still feels so crazy to be working with these people I have admired for so long. The story of how I got signed is pretty insane. I met Ester at an AIMP panel she was speaking on in 2013 and I gave her the CD of original songs I had at the time. Thirty minutes after we left the panel, Ester’s sister/manager emailed me saying Ester loved the CD and wants to set up a phone call with me. We talked that day about doing a deal together, and about two months later, Ester called me in for a session with one of her writers to “test” me. After the session, Ester came in and told me she and Dr. Luke were setting up a joint publishing company and wanted me to be the first sign. The next day we went to Malibu and had a three-hour meeting with Ester, her sister Deandria, Luke and the president of Luke’s publishing company and record label, Beka Tischker. The thought of working with these incredible people who have always inspired me felt like a dream come true.
6. If you could describe your sound as being the daughter of two famous artists, who would they be and why?
The sound of the songs I have online right now would probably be the music baby of Lorde and Zella Day. They are pretty dark, but still melodic. The songs I’m writing now are more pop, so I think my next release will probably sound like the baby of Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift.
7. How has being Canadian shaped your identity as an artist in California?
Being Canadian introduced me to SOCAN, which has been amazing. My rep in LA, Chad Richardson, has set me up with a lot of Canadian writers and producers who I’ve written some awesome songs with. I’ve met so many amazing people through SOCAN, and I can’t wait to see where this creative journey takes us.
8. When you’re not in the studio recording or writing, what do you find yourself doing the most?
People ask me that all the time, and it’s funny because that question is hard to answer sometimes! I feel like I spend all my time making music, and I love it so much that nothing else really makes me as happy as being in the studio. I do enjoy hiking and am slightly obsessed with Netflix, though!
9. We interviewed Dr Luke’s Kemosabe artist Becky G earlier last year as she was balancing her music and acting career. Is that something you might eventually like to do?
I actually wanted to be an actress before I started pursuing music! It’s definitely something I would like to explore in the future, but music will always come first.
10. Top 3 songwriting tips?
My top three tips are:
Write what you know, which is pretty cheesy but true. People like songs they can relate to, so writing about things that everyone feels is the way to go.
Simplicity is key. In pop music, lyrics are usually clean and conversational. The melody is the main focus, so lyrics should be uncomplicated and accessible.
Have fun! Doing what you love should always be fun and exciting. When I’m writing a song I think is awesome, it’s an incredible feeling. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.
11. What’s the best piece of advice an industry insider has given you?
One of the best pieces of advice I have received has been to surround myself with the right people and build a great team. You need a group of people around you who believe in your vision and will do whatever they can to help you achieve it. I believe I’ve found that with Ester, my team at Prescription, my team at SOCAN, and of course, my amazing family.
12. If you could tour with any artist who would it be and why?
Wow that’s a tough one! I would have to say either Taylor Swift or Katy Perry since their music has kind of shaped the way I write and perform. I also love how elaborate their shows are and how much thought they put into their performances.
13. What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I absolutely love the ocean. Ever since I was little, the sea and all the life underneath have fascinated me. I’m a certified scuba diver, which is surprising to people. It’s amazing how there’s a whole other world down there.
14. What does Paradise mean to you?
Paradise to me is the exhilaration of creating a song I’m passionate about. There is nothing more special than being in a session where I’m completely in sync with my cowriters and we know we’re making something amazing.
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