Sophiegrophy. One word, one woman and a plethora of talent. If you haven’t heard of electronic / hip-hop / trap, star Sophiegrophy, now you have and you’re welcome.
In lead-up to Festival X, the country’s freshest music festival about to hit the East Coast, we sat down to speak with one of the headlining and homegrown acts, Sophiegrophy. (Festival X will also be playing host to Calvin Harris, Lil Pump, Steve Aoki and more.)
Nigerian born, raised in NZ and now based in Melbourne, Sophie has been making waves in the music scene both nationally and internationally and is moving from strength to strength. Recently featured on ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ show, Spotify’s ‘Starting Point’ doco and VICE, we managed to snag a few minutes to get the what’s what on the rising star. If your ears are fresh to Sophiegrophy’s rhymes, we’ve left some starters for you to listen to asap, below.
You’ve made it! Congratulations! What was the defining moment you realised?
I like to sit down and reminisce and look back on what I’ve done – dam, I’ve come along way but I find it hard to be satisfied and feel like I can keep going, you know?
What would you say has been your biggest career achievement so far?
That’s so hard! Releasing my mixtape in 2016, I’d say. It was a weird day, I had it there and all of a sudden I just thought ‘just release it’. It took four weeks and I recorded 10 songs.
What’s your creative process?
I haven’t got an exact process. I take inspiration for everyone around me, witness what other people go through. I sit down in my room because that’s what I’m used to, turn the lights off and have my fairylights on and it just kind of happens. But, my room certainly plays a part in the process.
How is it being a female in the trap/rap game?
The game is hard in general and hip hop is considered more of a ‘manly’ genre so yeah, being a female in hip hop is hard but I don’t think about it. I’m just a person in the game, we’re all in this together. I want to be in the same category as the men, not different.
Do you think it’s easier to break into the industry in Australia in comparison to the US and UK?
In the US, it’s like everyone’s a rapper and does music, there’s millions of people doing what I’m doing. In the UK I think it’s a bit the same, especially with the likes of Skepta and Grime music. In Australia, there’s less people but it’s more competitive.
Who would be your top three dream artists to collab with?
Drake, Kendrick, Skepta
Favourite songs to perform?
Caution, Fa$t Life, Six Times
Beer or G&T?
Pineapple on pizza – yes/no?
Must-have items before a show?
V Energy drink and Hubba Bubba
Top streamed Sophiegrophy songs on Spotify:
All For The Gram with Walker & Royce
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