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SOFI TUKKER‘s success was anything but planned. The band’s very existence happened haphazardly after Sophie Hawley-Weld met Tucker Halpern during an art show at Brown University, where they both happened to be performing. It only took a couple of months before the NYC-based duo penned their viral track “Drinkee,” which has since been featured in an Apple Watch Ad, racked up over 20 million Spotify streams, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. The song was the first they ever wrote, and became the backbone of their wildly successful EP, Soft Animals.
“It wasn’t really until the Apple commercial that people were like, ‘Oh, you’re in a band,'” Tucker recalls. He himself never had plans of actually working in music, having spent the first 20 years of his life striving to become a professional basketball player. After getting sick during his junior year of college, Tucker was bedridden for eight months — a stint he used to teach himself music production before returning to school to study it seriously. Sophie, on the other hand, had been singing in choirs and drumming in drum circles since middle school, where she also began writing original music. “It’s been a dream of mine forever, though I didn’t really admit it to myself,” she recalls about becoming a musician. Coincidentally, Sophie also found herself injured and in a wheelchair for four months after college, though that didn’t slow the pair’s musical growth, as they collaborated during her convalescence.
“We Skyped almost every day,” Sophie recalls. At the time, she was living in the Netherlands, one of the countless places she’s inhabited after attending a slue of international schools and becoming what one may call a citizen of the world. This multicultural background is likely the reason she decided to sing in Portuguese, a language she studied in college. “I was drawn to it because of how melodic it is. I think it’s extremely sexy,” she explains. The success of “Drinkee” shows Sophie wasn’t the only person with that opinion; the track reached the top of the Spotify and iTunes charts in Italy, Australia, Cyprus, Hungary, Turkey, Latvia, Costa Rica and more. It should also be mentioned that having a Grammy nominated track that’s not in English (and from a band that has yet to even release a full LP) is no small feat — rather, it speaks to the band’s inherent talent and ability to attract audiences from a plethora of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Perhaps no one was more shocked than Sophie and Tucker themselves when they seamlessly transitioned out of the “emerging acts” grouping into worldwide recognition in the space of 12 months. Tucker recalls a festival they played in Mexico, where they were expecting to have a hundred or so people in the audience. Instead there were over 5,000 people waiting before they even got on stage, chanting their name.
While most acts might feel an onslaught of pressure after breaking through — knowing that they now have an audience of hundreds of thousands watching their every move — Sophie and Tucker are excited by the challenge. “We both work really well under pressure and I’m always so impressed by Tucker’s relentless work ethic,” Sophie notes. “Luckily we love what we do so it never feels like work. I also think the recognition actually gives us more freedom to go wild,” Tucker adds. “We like to go crazy.” That’s all to say that, despite the Grammy nom, over 20 million YouTube streams and an influx of love from various publications — The Fader, Nylon, The New York Times and Noisey, to name a few — the band doesn’t feel like they’ve exactly made it big. “Success isn’t somewhere that you just arrive at one day,” Sophie expresses. Tucker echoes similar sentiments: “We’re still the same young band trying to sell out little venues and have parties with people all over the world.”
The duo’s unprecedented success with their first EP has left countless fans anticipating their next collection of songs, which will combine a guitar-led edge with the playfulness and myriad of international influences that has made their current catalogue of songs attain such recognition. Having already gotten as close to cultural world domination as a young act can get, SOFI TUKKER’s future is looking brighter than ever.
Kah-Lo is the Nigerian-born rising star, who has enjoyed an incredible 2016 with a chart-topping hit with ‘Rinse & Repeat’; her infectious collaboration with London-based producer Riton. The phenomenal success of ‘Rinse & Repeat’ included being named one of the Top 10 most played songs on BBC Radio 1 for 2016, selling 400,000 copies in the UK and 35 million streams & counting on Spotify and a coveted Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording at this year’s award ceremony – a testament to its enduring appeal as one of the most influential and unique club tracks of recent times, setting in motion the foundations in Kah-Lo’s burgeoning super-stardom.
Music has played a huge part in Kah-Lo’s life. Born Faridah Demola-Seriki, as a child her father and uncle would play various 80s & 90s Pop and Hip-Hop records around her home in Lagos, Nigeria. Artists such as Slick Rick, M.I.A, Rihanna, Madonna and Kanye West have all influenced her musical direction as well as her unique sense of style, topped off with her long flowing signature green hair. Beginning her musical journey straight out of university after making the brave decision to move from Nigeria to the USA, the now 24-year-old decided it was all or nothing and started taking crucial steps into the development of her fearless brand. Kah-Lo soon began performing in bars and coffee shops across New York City – perfecting her craft whilst also uploading random tracks to her Soundcloud page.
Fast-forward to 2018 and Kah-Lo is looking ahead to a festival filled summer at Pukkelpop, Reading & Leeds Festival and SW4. In this time, Kah-Lo also released her debut solo single ‘Fasta’ followed by ‘Fake ID’ which arguably continue much of the success earned with ‘Rinse & Repeat’, collectively earning BBC Radio 1’s hottest specialist record of the year, ‘Hottest Record in the World’ by Annie Mac, ‘Tune of the Week’ by Clara Amfo and ‘Jam Hot’ & ‘Track of the Week’ by MistaJam. ‘Fasta’ also enjoyed a record five weeks at number one on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart and earned praise from the likes of Calvin Harris, Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, Faithless and many more key industry tastemakers. Kah-Lo’s undeniable impact has also been felt in Australia, where ‘Fasta’ became one of the year’s hottest records on triplej radio, where it was added to full rotation almost immediately and went on to become one of their most played songs of 2017.
Currently putting the final touches to a full-length release with Riton, Kah-Lo looks set to dominate throughout 2018, too!
LP Giobbi is Rock N Roll with a Disco Soul born draped in sequins cloaked in fog at a seance in the mountains of Oregon.
She was trained in jazz piano at UC Berkeley before becoming a synth warrior goddess in Los Angeles. She uses her combined knowledge of music theory and sign wave creation to reach the enlightenment afforded by a clusterfuck of inclusivity. Her weapons are charisma, spunk, fearlessness, DJ decks, blacks and whites, DAW systems, fields of sci-fi synthesizers, sequins, feathers and leopard print. And she is not afraid to use them.
Find her deejaying and booking shows at the W Hotel Los Angeles as their Music Curator (where she recently opened up for the Billboard’s Next Big Sound showcase featuring Gallant), playing synth bass and deejaying for Madame Gandhi, opening up for Sofi Tukker on their European and North American tour, where she throws down her self produced Afro-Cuban infused Piano House tracks, producing, engineering, synthesizing and Music Directing for LJ Laboratory (currently getting ready to release their first full length: Analogue Interference) and playing jazz gigs wherever a piano lives.
LP Giobbi is getting ready to release her first few tracks co-produced by Sofi Tukker April 2018 while opening up for them on their US tour where she gets to add the Korg M1 Piano to her deejay sets.