Author: Joycelynn Okezie
SØF is a sassy and unapologetic indie-pop artist we recently talked too. Her sound seamlessly weaves between genres by incorporating inspired elements. SØF has a knack for being eclectic and exceptionally unique, which she displayed in her most recent single “XO”.
Why did you stylize your stage name to “SØF”?
The decision to change my name to SØF with the stylized O was actually a joke originally. I was going for something “indie” like BØRNS or MØ and after I typed it out I laughed because I liked it a little too much. I figured why not? It looks dope.
Where are you from?
Good ol’ dirty Jersey! As soon as I say that, people immediately bring up Bruce Springsteen. I’m forever cursed with being from “Bruce’s state.”
What types of music did you grow up listening to?
My parents were really adamant about raising me on classic rock, there was a lot of that in my household. But I also listened to 80’s and 90’s pop. Oh, and I was fortunate enough to grow up bilingual with a Russian family so I know a bunch of obscure Russian music too.
The production on “XO” caught my ear upon first listen. What creative process did you take to build this song?
When I first wrote XO, the rap in the bridge didn’t exist. I was working with this artist development coach who told me to try my hand at writing a rap because he thought it would be badass. I sat down to write it and it just poured out of me. I don’t mean to sound cliché, but it really did just take a few minutes.
In the studio, I wanted to join R&B elements while still keeping that “indie pop” feel. I think the chorus melody is super poppy but the added funky bass line and guitars really give it an edge. It was definitely the most fun song to record by far.
In “XO” you impressively flow a 90’s influenced rap verse, would you say your sounds is 90’s influenced?
Thank you! I’d say my sound is everything influenced, hahaha. I’ve taken inspiration from some 90’s elements but I wouldn’t say my music is 90’s influenced across the board.
What do you want listeners to gain from the new release?
One thing I’ve heard about this song in particular when I’ve performed it live is that it really hits home for a lot of people. I’ve had people tell me that they’ve had similar experiences and that’s what’s most important to me. What’s the point of being a songwriter if what you write doesn’t resonate with others? I think that’s the key. Getting your feelings out through lyrics is extremely cathartic, but in my eyes, a song isn’t complete until someone else connects to it too.
Where can new supporters find you at online? Where can fans catch performing live at?
New supporters can find everything they need to know from my website www.sofmusic.com! I’ve got all of my social media linked there as well as my music.
I perform all over New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York and I’ll even be in Delaware in July! The goal is to play in every single state and then every single country. Baby steps, though. Show dates are also listed on my website.