Pioneering DJ and Musician SOPHIE Has Died

    Scottish DJ, musician, and producer SOPHIE has died following a sudden accident this morning (January 30). The news was confirmed by a representative for the artist, who wrote in a statement to Mixmag: “It is with profound sadness that I have to inform you that musician and producer SOPHIE passed away this morning around 4am in Athens, where the artist had been living, following a sudden accident.” Labels Transgressive and Future Classic added: “True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with us.” SOPHIE was 34.

    Born and raised in Glasgow, Sophie Xenon released their debut single, ‘Nothing More to Say’, in 2013. A series of subsequent releases, including ‘Bipp’ and ‘Lemonade’, introduced SOPHIE’s innovative sound to a wider audience and were later compiled in the 2015 collection PRODUCT. In 2018, SOPHIE issued a debut full-length album, the forward-thinking and critically-acclaimed OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, which was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2019 Grammys. SOPHIE also prominently worked with the label PC Music, and collaborated with a wide range of artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Kim Petras, Arca, Let’s Eat Granda, and many others.

    Tributes have already started pouring in online in the wake of SOPHIE’s death. Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier, better known as Christine and the Queens, called SOPHIE “a stellar producer, a visionary, a reference. She rebelled against the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman. I can’t believe she is gone. We need to honour and respect her memory and legacy. Cherish the pioneers.”

    Shygirl, who collaborated with SOPHIE on her recent track ‘SLIME’, wrote: “tell people you love them when you can.”

    “Our community has lost an icon, a pioneer and a visionary bright light,” model and activist Munroe Bergdorf wrote. “Heartbroken. SOPHIE you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I hope we get to meet again one day. Rest in peace sister.”

    This article was originally published on Saturday, January 30 at 12:53 p.m GMT. It was last updated the same day at 14:05 p.m.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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