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[TSS Interview] SOFI TUKKER: Your New Favorite Dance Duo, Whether You’re Aware Of It Or Not

[TSS Interview] SOFI TUKKER: Your New Favorite Dance Duo, Whether You’re Aware Of It Or Not
Nick Frazzier

To say that the immensely talented musical duo that is SOFI TUKKER is a unique group would be one of the larger understatements of the last decade. With an out of this world sound and a fantastic infectious attitude, Sophie & Tucker have been working crowds into a dance frenzy ever since they exploded onto the music scene with the release of their first smash hit “Drinkee”.

The craziest thing about these two is they’ve haven’t even really been creating music for all that long, yet it’s all amazing. Through their incredible live performances and their breathtaking Soft Animals EP, which you can buy here (trust me it’s worth every penny), it’s real obvious that these two are definitely a group your going to want to add to your musical library ASAP.

We here at TSS were fortunate enough to have a quick chat with SOFI TUKKER at this years insanely rainy, but insanely great 10th anniversary of Treasure Island Music Festival to hopefully give you a better look into the minds of these genuinely awesome artists.

TSS: So take us through a day in the life of Sophie & Tucker? Are you the kind of group that gets to the studio early to create new music?

S&T: Haha never early that’s a guarantee, we might work until 5 in the morning but we aren’t going to get up at 5 in the morning, unless it’s a flight but we don’t like that.

TSS: Could you guys tell us about your creative process as a whole? Because it seems like you two have been outstanding musicians your whole lives.

Tucker: I haven’t at all haha. I taught myself how to make music because I actually played basketball in college but got sick and basically was bed ridden for a year. I had to do something to stay productive and not go crazy, so I decided to learn how to make music on my computer because I always wanted to. So I guess it all started not that long ago because that was about four years ago. I didn’t really play the bass until we started performing.

TSS: What about you Sophie have you been singing since day one?

Sophie: Well I’ve been writing since day one. I feel like, well ya I’ve been singing for a long time. I have no idea when it began. I had done a lot of choir, then I was doing some musical theater, then I did some jazz, and then I was a Bossa Nova artist, but the guitar has kind of been my accomplice all the way through.

Tucker: But she had never even played an electric guitar until I put one in her hand and was like yo, can we get some electric guitar?

Sophie: Ya it changed everything

Tucker: And then that day, the first time she’d ever played an electric guitar we recorded “Drinkee”

TSS: That’s super impressive

Sophie: Well it’s pretty powerful to play an instrument that you don’t have any auto pilot with because then there’s no place that my fingers will naturally go to try to do what I always do. Ya I play the guitar weirdly because you’re supposed to stroke up & down but I only stroke up haha.

TSS: Well it all sounds amazing. Could you guys take us through the book tree next? because it’s such an awesome and unique aspect of your live set.

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Tucker: So there’s contact microphones in all the books, their a quarter inch and they connect to a converter that turns the vibrations of the hit into a midi note. So basically when you hit a note it’s like an on-off switch in the midi. There’s a different drum rack in Ableton for each song, so we’re both playing different samples on each song depending on each part and whatever.

TSS: So you two have probably heard this question a lot, but considering your discography is filled with so much quality, and not the most quantity, what are your future releases looking like?

S&T: More quality!! We’re actually almost finished with our full length now and we’re really excited about it. We can’t wait to start playing more new songs, we actually played a good amount that aren’t released in our set today

TSS: There was one that sounded way harder than your usual stuff with Sophie screaming/singing can we expect more of that?

Tucker: Ya we got a few more like that, a couple of the new ones are actually even harder they’re like screaming techno punk haha or something else, who knows.

Sophie: I’ve never screamed before so you’re going to start seeing a trend, and Tucker encouraged me to try it and it just feels so good and really is the most fun.

TSS: When you guys create music do you like to work with other artists? Or do you prefer just working with yourselves?

Tucker: We actually have something in the works with another artist but we can’t share it right now. We mostly work with ourselves. It always feels less authentic and less “us” with other people involved and we do all of the process on our own.

Sophie: It’s really nice to sort of like start and finish a song with just the two of us the whole time and there’s something magical and seamless about the process, so bringing someone else in…

Tucker: Sometimes it’s fun and the song is good but we’re like huh is it us? Sometimes I don’t know if the it’s in that weird space where Sophie & I’s brains connect you know.

TSS: You guys are heading to Europe for a tour in a little bit right? Is there a difference in playing for crowds over there as opposed to in the US?

Sophie: There’s a difference every single crowd in every country it’s so wildly different it’s crazy.

Tucker: And we’re much bigger in certain countries over there than here so sometimes it’s crazy, like we went to Latvia and everyone new all the words to most of the songs on the Soft Animals EP, and we were like really? That’s amazing. We had an amazing show in London and Italy & Hungary are real big for us too.

Sophie: We played a show in Italy at the beginning when we were starting out, for like a TV thing, and we had gone from playing smaller stuff you know, I think at that point we’d opening for The Knocks in the US, and we go to Italy haha and we play in a 12,000 person arena because we had a number 1 song there. Again we were just like what? it was just so wild

TSS: Can you tell us a bit more about your relationship with The Knocks as they are some of our favorite artists here at the site.

Tucker: They were the ones who really pushed us to pursue music as a full career. They’re definitely some of our best friends in New York, we love them. They’ve just been so great as kind of mentors that really helped guide us through the music industry when we were originally starting out.

TSS: Thanks guys, you’re the best

If you couldn’t tell through this interview, these two fantastic artists are some of the most genuinely nice and humble people you will ever meet. It truly is inspiring to see a duo create such incredible and positive music almost on a whim. Be sure to check out their new music video for “Awoo ft. Betta Lemme” below for a better idea of the SOFI TUKKER vibe and the super cool book tree in action.

These two truly are a duo unlike any other so be sure to throw them a like or follow for some of the best tunes you’ll hear these days.

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“Lose It” To Naderi’s Flip On This Flume Favorite Featuring Vic Mensa

“Lose It” To Naderi’s Flip On This Flume Favorite Featuring Vic Mensa
Jessika

From Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” to Post Malone’s “White Iverson,” Naderi has been leaving his melodic mark on fan favorites for awhile now. Flume’s “Lose It” featuring Vic Mensa is no different. While the original utilizes obscure synths and instrumentals, Naderi takes on a more bipolar approach. By harnessing hard basslines and sharp snaps of the snare, the tune takes on a rugged Hip Hop sound, but by the time the drop hits you’ll be swimming in melodic goldmine of euphoric synths and tubular bells.

“When I heard this song I lost my shit and instantly wanted to put my touch on it. Hope you guys like

Flume Ft. Vic Mensa – Lose It (Naderi Remix)| Stream Only |

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New Orleans Producer CRWNS Holding Down His City With “Favorite Side”

New Orleans Producer CRWNS Holding Down His City With “Favorite Side”
Jeaux Bay

NOLA has some raw talent but CRWNS is definitely one to keep an eye out for. His new single “Favorite Side” shows a lot of promise and isn’t what you would expect from the bass driven producer. Originally from Chicago, Max aka CRWNS decided to go into a new field all of his own. The featured vocalist Brando just goes off and I love it. Grab this one below for free and enjoy the rest of your week.

CRWNS – Favorite Side | Download

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Anna Lunoe Celebrates Her Birthday With Mini Mix Of Some Of Her Favorite Tunes

Anna Lunoe Celebrates Her Birthday With Mini Mix Of Some Of Her Favorite Tunes
Brian Bonavoglia

When it comes to birthdays, it seems many are more concerned about receiving rather than giving. However, Anna Lunoe is in a league of her own and never seems to play by the rules. One of electronic dance music’s leading ladies is celebrating her birthday on this fine day and has surprised fans with a little mini mix to celebrate her special day with some of her favorite tunes.

This is the first we’ve heard from Anna with 2016 shaping up to be the busiest year of her career juggling her Beats1 radio show, touring and of course, working on some new music. Even on her much deserved day off, she is thinking about music and that is just another reason why we love Anna Lunoe. Take a listen to her mini mix below and be sure with her wish her a happy birthday on her socials.

Anna Lunoe – May 26 ^:^ |

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Canadian Producer Wildfire Links With Loki For Your Girl’s Favorite Bedroom Banger

Canadian Producer Wildfire Links With Loki For Your Girl’s Favorite Bedroom Banger
Jeaux Bay

I was introduced to Wildfire’s music last week and ever since then I have been more impressed with each new release he drops. Yesterday he dropped this bomb collaboration with fellow producer Loki. This future flip of Alina Baraz & Galimatias’ single “Show Me” couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Humpday is tomorrow so why not start early? Grab this for free below and throw the boys some love below.

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Show Me (LOKI X Wildfire FLIP) | Download

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The Halogen Remix of Gibbz’ “I Found You” Will Be Your New Favorite Sex Music

The Halogen Remix of Gibbz’ “I Found You” Will Be Your New Favorite Sex Music
Toby Reaper

The Halogen bromance is back with another magical, groovetastical free download for you. This time the vocals are from one cool cat by the name of Gibbz. Recently, Gibbz has been making quite a name for himself and his smooth vocals, appearing onstage alongside the likes of Gramatik at Coachella in 2015. His new track, “I Found You”, off the “Chardonnay” EP is an ideal contender for the already classic Halogen twist. They deliver with a funky mixture of deep and disco that they made “just so our managers had something to have sex to.” They are currently on a tour with the duo Timeflies, so be sure to check them out if they stop near you. Also, don’t forget to grab the free download below.

Gibbz – I Found You (Halogen Remix) | Free Download |

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