Interview With Sophia Dady

Where are you from?
Originally Buckinghamshire, then the Cotswolds but more recently Leicestershire, England.
Members and their instruments?
I am a Solo artist but accompany myself on the Piano.
What does your name mean?
Dady is my maiden name and says it all really!
What genre do you consider yourself? Why?
I have been described as ‘Epic Easy Listening’. It’s a mixture of Jazz, with a fresh modern feel.
How long have you been playing?
My first single was in 2016 although I’ve been writing songs since I was fourteen.
What made you start focusing on music?
My move to Leicestershire enabled me to commit full time to my music.
What drew you to music?
My parents were both creative in music and art and after my father died (when I was 14), I used music to vent my emotions.
What are some of your most influential bands? Why?
Kate Bush – I love her heartfelt songs.
Tori Amos – Amazing musician.
Led Zeppelin – Depth of emotion (especially ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’).
What was your first song together?
My first gig was an audition (of all things) to a well known local festival and I played and sang all of my own songs on the piano.
What is your song writing process?
Coffee!! Then the music, then the words – It’s that simple (Oh, and the magic ingredient: Inspiration!).
How has your music evolved since you began playing together?
I have begun to write more dramatically, exciting and very deep music.
What songs do you perform the most often?
Always ‘Reach You’ followed by ‘Mountainside’, ‘Yesterday’ etc.
Do you play any covers?
Occasionally and I don’t necessarily choose a track that was composed for Piano and Voice, so it’s not what the audience are expecting .. I have a Naked version of a familiar track by The Weeknd on YouTube.
Do you have a set play list?
I always go by a set list but it varies to adapt to the audience and venue.
Is there a secret meaning in any of your music?
Oh yes……
What is your favorite part of working in music?
Reaching out to the audience (especially when they relate to my songs) is a fantastic feeling! It makes songwriting so worthwhile when people give feedback as to how particular parts or words relate to them.
What is your least favorite part of working in music?
When people talk over your songs at a gig!….and there are a few sharks in the industry that are just trying to exploit the hopes and dreams of new artists.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? If so how?
I always get anxious before a performance. This is actually a good thing, as it sharpens up your senses. If you are not anxious before a performance – then you need to be!
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
I have always known the piano since I was a baby. So we evolved together.
How do you describe your music to people?
Think 007!
What image do you hope your music conveys?
Excitement, passion and desire!
Where have you performed?
Around Leicestershire but also across to Coventry, Birmingham, Daventry & Stoke. I’ve also played Live on various local radio stations … from Stoke to East Grinstead via Grantham!!
What is your greatest achievement to date?
My track ‘Reach You’ has made the biggest impact to the radio stations as it has a very dark, epic feel. Many have said that it should be the James Bond 25 theme tune! Wow.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a band?
Adapting my music for certain venues and their audiences.
Are you happy with the current success of your band?
Absolutely – watch this space!
What is the ultimate direction?
To reach out to many and be enjoyed for many years to come.
What steps have you taken to get there?
Smiled!
What steps do you still have to do?
Believe in myself.
How do you feel about the internet and the music business?
It is a great way to get music out world wide but with so much competition it’s not all positive and for any artist to get an income is difficult. The business is constantly adapting and it’s encouraging to see younger people are embracing Vinyl as there is no substitute for a physical form of music to hold.
What is your favorite concert you’ve attended?
Always the next one … About to attend the Bond special performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall. Woohoo!!
What do you do besides music?
Campanology….. but please keep that quiet!!
What is something you would like to tell your younger self?
Stop talking about it!
What is your favorite song? (not by your band)
‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ by Led Zeppelin
What do you wish you spent more time doing 5 years ago?
My music.
What advice do you have others wanting to start their own bands?
Go For It … There are lots of supporters of new music and new artists but remember there are always those out to take advantage so be on your guard … but also ENJOY IT!!
Any last words?
If it feels good, keep doing it!

 

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