When it comes to crafting new music, it is fair to say that songs laced with raw emotions make for infectious listening. And, this is exactly what artist Sophia Alexa is serving up with track, “House of Cards”. Ethereal at its core, the artist hopes to enchant those who indulge in her sound with soul-baring lyricism and her heavenly tone. And, the only thing that could make the project better? A hazy-toned and forest-bound music video ensures that the project is all the more irresistible.
When speaking on how the track came to be, Sophia claimed, “on my way to the studio, I usually like to pull up notes on my phone and give myself time to rant and write down everything that’s on my mind, unedited. It’s important for me to start with a strong concept. I remember the day I wrote the song! I was pulling out words from my notes, such as “house of cards” and “bullet to my daydream,” which is how the song started. RISC, the producer, started playing chords and the melody started to come to life. After that, he added drums to lift the chorus, and I added a bunch of harmonies. It ended up coming together naturally.”
Upon the release of “House of Cards”, the artist sat down with Wonderland to talk her biggest musical inspirations and the process behind creating her newest release. Head below to read our interview with Sophia Alexa…
Hey Sophia, how are you? How has this past year been for you?
I’ve been great. I’ve had an eventful year writing music, finishing my EP, fostering cats and getting into random hobbies.
With everything that happened last year, how was your creativity affected?
Being in quarantine has forced me to write less from personal experiences and get inspired by books, poetry and movies. I go through waves of being more creative at times, but I find that quite natural. I’ve also just found more creative outlets like painting, embroidery, cooking and pottery. I think it’s aged me by like 20 years, but I’m okay with that.
How did you first get into music? What sparked the interest?
I grew up in a family that loves music. They are not the most musical themselves – no offence to my dad, who claims to shred the mandolin – but I have always been surrounded by music. At 12, I wrote my first song and became obsessed with classic songwriters like Joni Mitchell because they were storytellers. I realised how powerful it is to turn a personal story or someone else’s story into a song.
And now you’ve just dropped your debut single! Why did you drop it now? Did you feel any pressure?
When I first made the song, I knew it was special and I wanted to put it out mainly because it was written so naturally and from such an honest place. I didn’t feel much pressure to release. I am ready to focus on what’s next and continue doing what I love, which is writing.
Talk us through the production process?
On my way to the studio, I usually like to pull up notes on my phone and give myself time to rant and write down everything that’s on my mind, unedited. It’s important for me to start with a strong concept. I remember the day I wrote the song! I was pulling out words from my notes, such as “house of cards” and “bullet to my daydream,” which is how the song started. RISC, the producer, started playing chords and the melody started to come to life. After that, he added drums to lift the chorus, and I added a bunch of harmonies. It ended up coming together naturally.
It’s very personal, what was it like being so honest in your music?
I think if I wasn’t being honest in my songs I would be worried! For me being able to cry, dance or relate to a song is why I listen to music. It’s not like I’m trying to make people break down in tears, but if only one person can relate, then the payoff for being vulnerable is worth it.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
I want people to be able to relate to the songs and feel connected to the lyrics. I know how often music has been my saviour, so I’m hoping mine will do the same.
You were born in California before moving to Amsterdam and then London, would you say all these changes impacted your sound?
For sure! Everywhere I’ve lived has played some part in who I am as a songwriter. I grew up surrounded by a lot of different music like Bossa Nova, jazz, classical and especially music from the 70s. Music has always been such a grounding and consistent part of my life, no matter where I have lived.
Who are your inspirations?
My main inspirations are from the 70s. I adore Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, John Lennon, The Doors and Fleetwood Mac. It always comes back to the classic songwriters for me.
What’s next for you? What are you most excited for?
I’m excited about sharing this EP and have it out in the world. I also cannot wait to play live again. I’m supporting Greta Isaac on October 25th at Omeara in London, which I’m really looking forward to.