Having just released her self-love anthem “Flawless”, Sophie Ann is set to see out the year on quite a high. Inspired by the likes of Prince and Elliott Smith among others, she writes mostly from and about her life experiences, ensuring she’s an artist that pretty much anyone who hears her songs can relate to. Currently working on an EP, Sophie Ann spoke to ThisIsTheLatest to chat social media, early career ambitions and her goal of wanting to make people feel good about themselves.
TITL: Who exactly is Sophie Ann?
Sophie Ann: Sophie Ann is unapologetically herself. She is a work in progress and will always be honest about that. That doesn’t mean she’s not ‘Flawless’!
TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an artist is? What makes you different?
SA: I am not trying to fit into any genre. The music I make is 100% what I hear in my head. I am very clear about what I want my music to sound like and rarely compromise, to a fault sometimes! You’re getting an inside look into my crazy brain every time you listen to one of my songs.
TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music? Was there a particular song or artist you grew up listening to that made you think “I want to do that”?
SA: I began songwriting at a very early age. I think I was in elementary school. My parents suggested I put my feelings into a song and I haven’t stopped since. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was the first song that made me want to look up the lyrics. Growing up, I would analyze song lyrics for fun. I was extremely introverted and was always thinking about music and words. I knew I needed to continue writing.
TITL: Before music, did you ever have any other career ambitions?
SA: Not really. The only other thing I wanted to be was a veterinarian but that was short lived. Music was always the path! I went to college for acting – I grew up doing theater – and realized pretty much immediately that I needed to transfer.
TITL: Which bands and artists are you most inspired or influenced by, and how do those influences impact the music you make?
SA: I am consciously influenced by singer/songwriters – Elliott Smith, Regina Spektor, etc. – and unconsciously influenced by funk and disco; Prince, Michael Jackson, etc. I grew up constantly listening to both. I think the fusion of those two things, storytelling and a fun track, are what make me unique.
TITL: Which one band or artist might you say you sound most similar to?
SA: Oh man. I don’t know! Janelle Monae? Portugal The Man? Julia Michaels? I’m bad at this.
TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing?
SA: Life is my biggest inspiration. I pretty much only write from personal experience. You can always skew it to fit other situations, but writing from genuine emotion is the only way for me.
TITL: Who or what most inspired you to write your new single “Flawless”?
SA: Going through a breakup and learning to be independent for the first time. Before being alone, I felt like I couldn’t do life without some sort of help. Once I got back on my feet and realized I had all the strength I needed, I felt fucking flawless.
TITL: Is there an EP or album in the works and if so, is there anything you can tell me about it?
SA: Heck yes! It’s going to be a look into what I’ve been going through the past year. The ups, the downs, everything. It’s pretty much my diary with a funky beat.
TITL: As a modern day artist, how are you finding social media’s impact on your career? Would you agree it’s a vital tool in today’s world?
SA: I am really bad at social media. I try to keep up and post regularly, but it’s not really a priority of mine. I do think it’s important in today’s world. Most people get their information from social media. I think making great music is the most important thing and that fans will follow you if they like what you are doing.
TITL: Do you have any performances coming up and with that in mind, which one venue, anywhere in the world, would you most like to play?
SA: I don’t have anything coming up in the near future. I’m mostly working on finishing this EP. I don’t have a specific venue in mind, but a dream of mine is to go on a world tour.
TITL: With the end of the year quickly approaching, what does 2019 have in store for you? What are your main objectives and, looking further ahead, what’s the long term goal for yourself as an artist?
SA: My main objective for 2019 is to work on myself and my music. The more I work on myself, the more opportunities will come my way. I truly believe that. I want to put out music videos that I am proud of and be a part of as much creativity as possible. My long term goal as an artist is to make people feel good about themselves and feel like they have a friend and confidant in me. I want to connect.