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NEW NOISE: SOPHIA MESSA

The New York newcomer making soulful pop bops.

Dress MAISON THE FAUX

Dress MAISON THE FAUX

With only two tracks out, we’re already getting excited over New York newbie Sophia Messa. Raised in lower Manhattan, the singer-songwriter was classically trained at the Professional Performing Arts School (whose alumni includes Alicia Keys), and now she’s translating her skills into making soulful pop bops.

Dropping “moneydontfixlonely” and “offyourface”, Sophia is establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with, with tracks that can pull on the harshest of heartstrings. Releasing the vid for the latter today, the song explores role reversals within relationships, flipping who is generally seen as the heartbreaker.

We caught up with the up and coming 19-year-old to find out more.

Hey Sophia, how are you? What have you been up to this week?
I’m great, thank you! This week I’ve just been focusing on the release of my new single “offyourface” and the video out today.

Going back to the beginning, when did you first start getting interested in music?
I honestly can’t remember when I wasn’t interested in music and singing. I think it started from such a young age that music has just always been a part of my life.

Did growing up in NYC have an impact on you musically?
For sure – because you’re surrounded by a bunch of city kids who all like different types of music and come from different cultures, so you’re surrounded by different genres and styles of music growing up.

You were trained classically at school. How has that helped you?
Being classically trained in opera definitely improved my vocal range and helped my singing tone whether I was realizing it at the time or not. Being classically trained in any performance, whether it’s dance, singing or acting is always a huge benefit.

What was the first song you wrote?
The first song I wrote was titled “Secret” – it was because my best friend told one of my secrets in the third grade, haha! I eventually recorded the song, and years later it actually lead me to the team I have now, and the producer who I started making demos with that changed my career.

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Dress MISBHV, tights VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, shoes VINTAGE DOLCE & GABBANA, gloves STYLIST’S OWN

Your debut track “moneydontfixlonely” came out earlier this year, what made you want to lead with this track as your intro?
I chose “moneydontfixlonely” as my debut song because I felt very connected to the story behind it, as well as the melody. I feel it’s the perfect intro to my sound.

Tell us about your second single, “offyourface”.
The inspiration behind “offyourface” was entering into a relationship too quickly, and hurting the other person. I really like the idea behind the role reversal of stereotypes. Usually in music, we hear about the guy breaking the girl’s heart, but it’s not the case in this instance. I’ve heard a lot of different concepts people have been pulling from it which I really love. I want my fans to be able to make it their own and incorporate it into their lives however it fits.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing?
Anywhere really. Relationships, friendships, family. I live in New York, so it isn’t hard to get inspired from the smallest thing I see on the street, or something I could hear or read.

Who would you say are your influences?
Sia, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, and Rihanna.

What do you think sets your music apart?
I mean it’s hard to put a finger on it but everyone experiences things differently throughout their lives so i’m going to be different from other artists regardless. While some may relate through the music and culture I’m bringing to the table, it is completely new to others and I want to enlighten them.

What are you working on now? Is there a bigger body of work in the pipeline?
Yes, there is definitely an album is progress, but for now the focus is releasing a lot more songs. I had never released a song before “moneydontfixlonely”, so I want to give more songs before I give a full body of work.

What do you want people to take away from your music?
I just want to provoke some sort of emotion when people hear my music that they can take away and interpret however it suits their experiences and what they’re going through in their lives. I want to make people feel something, because I put all of my emotions and feelings into my music.

What else have you got planned for 2019?
A bunch, so I’d stick around to find out.

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Top ZAID AFFAS, bra and trousers VINTAGE MUGLER, shoes JIMMY CHOO x OFF WHITE
Photography
Lili Peper
Fashion
Marissa Baklayan
Hair
Avian King at The Rex Agency
Makeup
Noel Nicholas at The Rex Agency
Production
Federica Barletta
NEW NOISE: SOPHIA MESSA

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