DJ/artist Sofie has announced her debut full-length record, Cult Survivor LP, coming June 26 on Stones Throw. Check out the video for “Asleep” now.
Sofie started learning the violin at just four years old. She continued playing through her teens, and though she won a place to study at the prestigious Vienna Conservatoire, decided to leave the course early to live between Los Angeles, New York and London. She became a part of the growing Boiler Room team and an NTS Radio resident DJ, and worked at Stones Throw for four years, bringing several artists to the label including Knxwledge, Mndsgn and Stimulator Jones. As a DJ, she played on line-ups with the likes of Teebs and Dam-Funk, and in 2016, she curated the compilation Sofie’s SOS Tape for Stones Throw, which includes the track “Abeja” – her collaboration with Mndsgn.
family, Sofie moved back to Vienna. There, isolated from her musical community, she began to write her own songs. “In Vienna, I was suddenly so secluded, no longer surrounded by the musical world I was so embedded in, that it forged the way for my creativity,” she says. “I’m not sure this would have happened had I stayed in LA, I don’t know if I’d have had the courage, or not felt like it was superfluous.” In touch with Peanut Butter Wolf from her days at Stones Throw, Sofie started to send him her demos, which eventually led to her finishing a record and being asked to release it on the label.
Cult Survivor was written as a direct response to Sofie’s difficult personal experiences. This is emphasized throughout her dreamy and melancholic single “Asleep”, which was “written about the inevitable feeling that accompanies pursuing something, from a meaningless crush to an existence choice, something you know is a dead end; which as inane as it is, will ultimately always be better in your head or imagination rather than reality. ‘Asleep’ is about trying to stay on that precipice of fantasy between being awake and unconscious.”
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