"This song is just about living your life and not giving a shit what people say about you" We chat with Sophia Scott
Colorado native Sophia Scott is a storyteller at heart, and she's showing that love of spinning a tale in the vivacity of her songwriting. Her latest single 'Drink Too Much Wine' is a lively statement of someone who knows themself. We wanted to find out more about the artist who started out on YouTube (gaining 1.2 million views for a Rhianna cover!) and is on the verge of breaking big.
Hey Sophia, how the heck are you?
Hi I’m great other than the allergies that just hit me!
Couple of easy questions to start gently… what have you been up to today? And where are you right now?
Just got home from the studio where I was tracking vocals for my next single, 'Beauty in the Flaws'. Super excited for everyone to hear it.
Can you introduce yourself to our lovely readers?
Hello everyone! My name is Sophia Scott, I’m a Southern pop singer/songwriter - based in LA, but grew up in Boulder, CO.
Tell us a bit about you, what do you do for fun?
I grew up in Colorado so I’m pretty outdoorsy, definitely a nature girl at heart. I love to ski, hike, camp, swim - all the things. Most recently I’ve taken up a hobby of fostering puppies which has been really fun but also exhausting as you can imagine.
Your new single, ‘Drink Too Much Wine’, is awesome. What can you tell me about it?
Thank you! This song is really just about living your life and not giving a shit what people say about you (which is, by the way, not a quality I’m claiming to have mastered yet, but one that I’m working toward.) I have spent so much of my life worrying about how I am perceived through someone else's eyes and I’m sick of it. Humans are dynamic creatures and that's precisely what makes us interesting. I have a lot of layers to show and I wanted to reveal them whole heartedly in this song instead of pretending I’m something that I’m not.
It’s an empowering song, do you think we’re hearing more of these kinds of you-don’t-need-to-conform songs? (I’m thinking of ‘Lady Like’ by Ingrid Andress, among others)
Ah, love that song! I think so ya...it definitely feels like we are breaking down walls and moving toward a more freethinking place. Love seeing more people get behind it.
There’s a theme of defiance running throguh your singles so far, do you see yourself as someone who doesn’t take much crap?
Ya I mean, I’d say I’m pretty easy going and definitely a people pleaser but when it comes down to someone really crossing me, I have no time for that. I make a conscious effort these days to weed out the negative people/energy in my life, I just have no capacity for bullshit.
‘Strangers Again’ is another little gem of a song, what’s the story to that?
Thank you so much. I wrote that song because I was thinking about how crazy breakups are. You literally go from being the closest you could be to another human being to becoming utter strangers... and everybody does it at one point or another. I wanted to tap into that nostalgic emotion that people could relate to, especially with your first relationship, I feel like it’s overlooked.
What’s the key to writing a damn good song?
Well shoot ha, I don’t think there is one specific answer to that. For me, I would say the best songs come when I pour my heart out and don’t overthink it. Finding that moment where the melody and lyrics just click is so satisfying. I’m a storyteller, and in order to tell a good story, you have to have the emotion and the passion behind it if you want people to pay attention.
What’s coming next from you? Are you heading toward an EP or album? Or more singles?
Right now I’m releasing singles but the next goal is to put out a body of work.
Tell me about your YouTube channel? How did that start out?
It started when I moved to LA and was using every outlet I could to get my voice heard. I started learning new/popular songs that I thought would be cool stripped back with a guitar and it just continued from there.
What’s your favourite cover you’ve done?
Probably Rihanna ‘Love on the Brain’ or ‘Genie in a Bottle.’
What else have you got going on in 2019?
I’ve got more music coming out - super excited for people to hear it, it’s going to be different than what I’ve released so far. Also got quite a few shows coming up, hopefully going to book a small tour in the 3rd/4th quarter of 2019.
You’re from Boulder, what can you tell me about your hometown?
It’s the best. I feel so lucky to come from such a wonderful place. It’s a super loving and positive community with the scenery to match. Lots of hippies. I highly suggest everyone visit.
Obviously there’s a lot of talk about equality in general at the moment, what’s your experience of being treated differently as a woman in your industry?
I’ve learned a lot and realized how much harder it is not only to be a female, but to be a female that is going against the grain of what this genre may be used to. It’s the first time I’ve really felt triggered by inequality in my life, and I’m actually thankful because it’s driven me to be that much more passionate about making a change. I know I’m not the average country girl people are expecting and certainly not everyone's cup of tea and I’m okay with that. My goal is to be a voice that makes people feel liberated and to encourage those who might not normally listen to country music to get involved. When I look at where pop/rap music is, we are still years behind the progression. That being said, we are moving and shaking. There are so many powerhouse females who are paving the way, building each other up, and not being afraid to ruffle some feathers to make a real difference. We’ve come a long way and I’m confident that it’s only the beginning.
Have you noticed a difference at all in the last 12 or so months?
Totally. I think people are paying closer attention, being more inclusive, and realizing that this is a problem. I’m excited to see where we are at a year from now.
Who inspires you?
There’s a long list. Top five would probably be Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Shania Twain, Maren Morris, and Kacey Musgraves.
What kind of music do you listen to in your spare time?
I’ve always listened to a little bit of everything. The music I grew up listening to stays pretty constant in my house; The Rolling Stones, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Bob Segar, Alanis Morisette, Annie Lennox.
If you could recommend one artist to hear this week, who would it be?
Fletcher. She slays.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
What is something that you “nerd out to”? Marvel comic books and superhero movies. I’m obsessed.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
I change it up but right now I’m on the bulletproof kick, so I blend it with Ghee and brain octane. It’s quite lovely haha.
To find out more about Sophia you can visit her website and check out her socials.