Charli XCX has paid tribute to her frequent collaborator SOPHIE, who passed away over the weekend after an accidental fall in Athens, Greece. “It’s really hard for me to sum up the special connection I felt with such an amazing person who completely changed me life,” Charli wrote in a statement on social media. “There are so many memories, so many small details, so many different views and incredible feelings and stories.”
She continued: “It’s impossible to summarize the journey I went on with Sophie. Even the most insignificant things felt enormous. I can’t explain how I feel and I can’t encapsulate what a unique person she was in one small social media post. I will honor Sophie in my own time personally, in my grief, through my memories, through my work, through writing things only I will read. But for now, all I can is that I will miss her terribly; her smile, her laugh, her dancing in the studio, her gentle inquisitive voice, her cutting personality, her ability to command a room without even trying, her incredible vision and mind. She taught me so much about myself without even realizing. I wish I had told her more how special she was, not just her music, but her as a person. I love you and I will never forget you Sophie.”
An early pioneer of what’s come to be known as hyperpop, SOPHIE’s first notable collaboration with Charli XCX was on the pop singer’s 2016 EP Vroom Vroom. They also worked together on songs for Number 1 Angel (‘Roll With Me’, ‘Lipgloss’) and Pop 2 (‘Out of My Head’).
Following the tragic news of SOPHIE’s death, artists, peers, and collaborators including Arca, Danny L Harle, FKA twigs, Flying Lotus, Jak Antonoff, FINNEAS, Sam Smith, Iglooghost, Hudson Mohawke, and many more took to social media to mourn and pay tribute to the late musician.
— Charli (@charli_xcx) February 2, 2021