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"I love that about NY. It’s unapologetic" - Sophia Amato on artistry in New York

Wednesday 30th September 2020 | Grace

Taking influence from the musical greats, Sophia Amato embodies electronic low-fi and gives it a theatrical twist. The artist talks to us about the ever-changing rhythms of her music and what art means to her.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your sound?

Hey, I’m Sophia and I’ve just released my debut single ‘Glorious Mess’. My sound is always evolving... Right now, I’m into synths and classical strings. 

You have connections to Sicily but are currently based in London. What was the music scene like for you growing up?

My dad’s from Sicily I was born in London. So, growing up I’d listen to a lot of my parent’s favourite disco and soul records. I was always around different genres. 

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What are the biggest differences between Italy and the UK?

The food!

What do you find the best and worst parts about living in London are?

Best is a spontaneous night out and a bus at sunrise.

Worst is the tube at rush hour and homelessness.

You also travel to New York a lot. What is it like there for a musician?

There’s always singers on the subway, and poets, and dancers. They set up anywhere. I love that about NY. It’s unapologetic. 

How has lockdown been for you?

Every

Emotion

Possible. 

And a few failed DIY attempts and some new ramen recipes. 

Tell us about your latest single ‘Glorious Mess’? What is it that you think makes the track stand out?

I think the blend of genres. Although it wasn’t planned, there’s elements of RnB, hip-hop, jazz, electronic. Lyrically, I wanted it to feel like it was subconscious talking, so the melody became the rhythm and a sort of drum line for the track.

Who have your musical influences been?

Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Lauryn Hill, Fugees, Miles Davis, Roy Hargrove.

You have spoken about your love of jazz and art. What do these things mean to you?

I went to a sixth form that focused on art and drama. So, I was always at exhibitions and around live music. I think it encouraged me to be a visual artist as well as a musician.

What’s the best piece of advice you have heard?

“Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann.

What can we expect from you in the future? 

Something bold and dramatic. 

See what else Sophia is up to on Instagram and Twitter

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