Hi Sophie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey I’ve been good. I should totally be writing my English essay right now so I’m happy to be here instead.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lonely Army”?
Yeah! Lonely Army is my debut single, so it’s very close to me. I mean all my songs are close to me, but Lonely Army specifically is a very vulnerable song, and it’s my first release ever. I think both of those attributes are what make the song special to me, but the song itself is special to the worlds current state. We’re all so connected through social media/our phones, online connections have replaced real-life connections, especially with COVID-19 restrictions. I came to realize I was not the only person in 2020 who felt so alienated from the world through seeing conversations online via TikTok, Reddit, Instagram, and starting conversations of my own with close friends/family. I expressed my thoughts, inspired by all the conversations happening around me. Lonely Army addresses how alone I, and I’m sure millions of others truly felt during the midst of a pandemic-struck digital world. We’re all like one big Lonely Army.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote this song end of November 2020, after enduring numerous lockdowns and being separated from my friends/family for 3 months. (I was in LA recording my EP Sept-Jan) so I did feel extremely alone. I wasn’t sure why I felt so alone, considering I had access to my friends/family 24/7 with technology. I was far from home, and hadn’t seen anyone from Toronto in a long time “but if I could still communicate with them, then why do I feel so alone?” I thought to myself. I realized that I had completely forgotten something. Texting someone is a completely different experience then seeing someone in person. Somewhere along the road of COVID-19 and social media I had blurred the lines between follower and friend, FaceTime call and face to face conversation. In fact, after speaking to my friends about the matter and doing some social media snooping, I found most kids my age felt the same way. The day before writing lonely army in studio, having had/read about so many conversations about loneliness I came to the conclusion that I did feel alone, but I was not alone in the way I felt. I listened to “Something in the way” By Nirvana and let my thoughts/the thoughts of others dwell in my head. That song for some reason expressed the way I felt and how my friends described their feelings to me. The next day Lonely Army was written in rough draft form, and finalized writing wise over the span of another 5 days.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
There is a music video in the works. It’s going to come out roughly 1-2 weeks after release. I don’t want to give away too much info but I’m super excited about this video as I worked on the treatment for it and designed all the outfits in the video as well. The video will encompass a grunge setting and visuals of the city of Toronto during this lockdown.
What role does Toronto play in your music?
Toronto is a really diverse city. Growing up, because of that diversity I was introduced to many different musical genres, which has ultimately effected my taste in music today. I was born in the 2004 and my 4th birthday was a Hannah Montana themed party. But my first concert (age 9) was a Bruce Springsteen concert. It’s safe to say the city’s culture and the time I grew up has impacted my music a lot. I was obsessed with Taylor Swift and Adele in the 2010’s pop era, but I listened to Q107 rock radio every morning on the way to school with my Mom. I also grew up going to the symphony every weekend with my Uncle and Aunt, as my Dad’s side of the family is very musical and my Dad was a musician himself (played in a Jazz band/the North York orchestra). When I was in middle school (late 2010’s) Hip Hop was also the number 1# genre (in Toronto at least) as that’s all me and my friends listened to. I also was in the Forrester Academy choir, singing in more than just English. I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of music growing up in Toronto, and that’s helped me separate the type of music I like and appreciate vs. the type of music I myself want to make.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It does:) I’m currently sitting on 8 songs, so hoping to release 3 singles by July, and possibly allude to an EP. A lot depends on timing and is unknown right now as the world and music industry is in an interesting state.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Tentative release date for the next single resides in June!!
What else is happening next in Sophie Powers’ world?
I’m currently designing and co-crafting my own website and can’t wait for that to be fully done so my listeners can get to know me even more. I am also designing several outfits for the next single music videos/press shoots in between as fashion design is also a passion of mine. I’m just going to keep creating and see what happens honestly.