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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SOPHIA GARVEY

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start to become a soloist?

Honestly no clue really. I think it just felt really right especially as my little bedroom tunes became more produced and more accessible for others to listen to. Also the fact that I’m obsessed with people like Mac Miller, Lana Del Rey and Lily Allen who just do it so well.

Introduce us all to you and your musical history?

I first decided to make music when I was about 13 and sing in a cover band at school. There was this teacher who was obsessed with RHCP and it was infectious so I saved up for a bit and bought the RHCP greatest Hits album (yunno the one with the lips on it). I later begged my dad for a guitar and that was that. Since then I’ve done a few writing workshops with Song work International, a few collaborations with various cool artists and really I’ve just been living and working and writing all sorts of shite.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

1000% it just depends on what day you ask me on. Today I believe that the Aliens build the pyramids… Prove me wrong.

If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?

Back in time because I’m obsessed with History and really I just love the fashion of the previous eras and you bet your arse I’d be playing dress-up.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

When I first started out and was playing tiny gigs that no one would really come to, my friends all showed up and sang every word to every song so that’s definitely impacted me a lot. I think was probably the first time I was like Oh cool so I’m really doing this then?

What was the worst experience on stage?

An open Mic I went to where this man in the audience kept trying to tell me how to play my songs that I’d written. Absolutely fuming I was, well probably more embarrassed.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

I go to LAU and study art at the moment which is fun as most people think I’m doing a music course.

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

I was stressing so much because it was my first gig in ages so I’d made sure I’d brought my songwriting book and all that jazz. My mates were sitting with the book just watching over it until I got on stage and when I finally did, the book was. Locked and I couldn’t remember the password to get. I was apologising to everyone saying I’d locked myself out when my mates piped up and it turns out they were trying to guess the combo and had locked me out. It really made me giggle and helped ease the stress abit surprisingly 

If you had to describe your sound to an alien how would you describe them?

No clue mate. If we could understand each other then I’d probably describe it as a mix between Lily Allen, the Arctic Monkeys and a whole load of angst. 

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

Drummer for sure John Bonham- not only was he arguably one of the best drummers of all time, I also just think he was taken before his time or he drank too much either one works. The Bassist would be Flea from RHCP, don’t think I really need to explain this one he’s just iconic. I’d have Jimmy Page as guitarist because I don’t know how he does what he does but he does it well and its spiritual (He could also hang out with John again) For lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Imagine the tunes we’d get.

If you could play any music festival which would it be?

Glastonbury. That’s my dream and fingers crossed I’ll get there.

Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing? 

The Arctic Monkeys gig in perth 2019. The first album of theirs was the first album I ever bought and I would always listen to them with my dad. I’d always wanted to see them live but living in Singapore I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance to, then they announced the Australia tour and that’s that -off we went



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

People in glass houses don’t throw stones. 

What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?

Writing my latest single Post Break Up Sex- It just felt like my songwriting was finally going in the direction I wanted it to. I’ve also just got a publishing deal which is pretty cool too.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I’m not afraid to say it how it is and all of my songs are written from personal experiences that people can relate to because it is stuff most people have been/ will go through.

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

It’s called Post Break Up Sex and its about getting over your ex by getting under someone else- everyone does it you cant deny it. For me it’s not a sad breakup song its about taking back control of your feelings and telling yourself you are gonna be okay. It’s really exciting to listen to and the music video is looking great- I just can’t wait to share it with everyone now!!

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

I’d recently been broken up with and really screwed about and a lot of things were just going really wrong and I hadn’t written a good song in ages so I had a listen to little ideas I’d written before and stumbled across a love song I’d written for my ex, took the chords and started writing lyrics. I think I channeled all my anger, sadness, and the things I’d been up to, to write what is now called Post Break Up Sex. 

What was the recording process like?

I recorded it over the summer of 2021 with Richard Huxley in the Bakerland studios in leeds. We’d been messing around with bits and bobs for ages and nothing was really working the way I wanted it to when Rich sped up the song and the guitar line came into play. That changed everything and the rest of the song was easy to record. I always love a good studio sesh with rich

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album?

Changing temp was a big one and adding the middle 8, it was difficult to adjust to but really made the song complete.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Probably but I’m just going to love it for what it is.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I’m currently writing an album with Matthew Parkes for a company called scope in America. I’m just spending time doing that as well as trying to be someone’s opening act hopefully at some point.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Not really. I’d love to hear what people think of the single so any feedback would be great. Please listen and share and follow and all that jazz and I hope you are all doing okay. Chin up buttercups.

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.

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