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INTERVIEW: Sophie Bernice

Hi Sophie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Busy!!  and stressed because I’m sitting A levels at the moment but also very excited about everything so life is good! Also thank you so much for having me it is a pleasure to be interviewed!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Learn To Love Again”?

I wrote the song on the out of tune piano in my living room probably a year and a half ago now. The single version has a slightly more electronicky feel I would say?  But it’s still raw enough to convey what I wanted to convey. I wanted it to feel quite nostalgic and atmospheric, maybe ever so slightly Lana Del Rey-esque, and I feel as if it achieved that.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

So I wrote the song shortly after Trump’s election. I remember reading a post on a blog I read called “The Messy Heads” about the day following the election and it really spoke to me. The line “The whole of New York is our face” was inspired by reading about her experience protesting in New York. The whole situation was so sad and such a step back in achieving equality for any minority group/women, but seeing everyone walking through New York at night so united in their rage and their passion and just feeling everything so strongly was so beautiful.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, the video will be released in the near future! The video was made by KLEE – COM; they were so behind the meaning of the song and I loved their ideas, especially to have the clip from the “I’m as mad as hell” from Network. I just love how the final thing is so creative and just about spreading the love!! 

How was the recording and writing process?

I think I remember the writing process being quite straightforward. Some songs kind of come to me in little pieces that I have to slot together over quite a long period of time, whereas sometimes songs just flow out without even really thinking, and I think that’s what happened for Learn to Love Again. 

We started off trying to record in the little wooden cabin at the end of my garden but all the neighbors would start mowing the lawn/chain sawing every time we were about to record!! So we recorded in my house, but yeah I didn’t realize how much would actually go into this with all the mixing and everything, it all takes a long time! But I have loved the process and I’m buzzing to do it all over again!

How’s your new EP coming along?

Great thanks! Right now Learn To Love Again is the only track we have recorded but I have finished all the writing and I’m excited to start recording the rest of the songs after my exams finish. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Ooo so the single will be released on the 29th June I believe, and then the EP is scheduled for release some time this November!

What’s been like to work with Colin MacKay and what he’s bringing on to the table?

I’ve loved working with Colin, I’ve never really worked with a producer before, and it’s so cool that other people can listen to your vocals with an out of tune piano and take the song somewhere so different to how you imagined. Colin’s ideas were so creative and I am so excited to be able to share the track!

What aspect of the 80s did you get to explore on this record?

I mean I listen to quite a lot of 80’s music so maybe subconsciously the record was influenced by that but I didn’t make a conscious effort to make it 80’s inspired, so I don’t really know to be honest! 

How much are you deep into the current social and political climate?

I guess I’m passionate about lot’s of social/ethical issues that society faces, I hate any kind of discrimination based on something as trivial as gender, race, sexuality, religion, specie etc  etc we are literally all meat sacks wandering around a ball of hot rock, no one truly knows why we are here or what we’re doing and so no one has more innate worth than anyone else, ever!!  So it disgusts me that Trump, who promotes these discriminative values of irrational fear/hatred against certain social groups, was actually democratically voted to become one of the most powerful men in the world. Muslim children in America shouldn’t grow up fearing they will be deported out the country, and little girls shouldn’t have to grow up hearing him speak of women in such a disgusting way.  

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at this moment, right now I’m just focused on exams, releasing the single and the EP etc etc but it would be an absolute dream to do a little tour at some point in the future. I’m travelling lot’s this summer though and hope to get lot’s of lyrical inspiration!

What else is happening next in Sophie Bernice’s world?

After exams I will be free to be a nomad and work on my music and do a ton of travelling and see where the world takes me!

Feel free to follow me on twitter for any updates:  @SophieBernice_ 

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