Interview: Sophie Delila

Sophie Delila is an incredible French musician based in London via New York. With music being a part of her life from a young age and a stint at the tough music college Berklee, it is no surprise that her music manages to be accessible, intricate and entrancing all at the same time. A voice that effortlessly draws you in, Delila is a talent well worth checking out. Spindle Magazine managed to grab a bit of her time to ask her a few questions.

 How would you describe the music that you play?

It’s hard to describe your own music, but I guess you could see it as a modern-day singer/songwriter with soul infused vocals…?

You’re originally from France. Has that influenced you and how?

In my obsession with cheese for sure! I do love good food and wine…But also in fashion, French designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier… He was the designer that inspired me to start drawing as a kid. In music I think I’ve been greatly influenced by the electronic music scene, which I’ve always been into. It stayed with me a lot.

Do you have a favourite French artist or band?

Serge Gainsbourg and Daft Punk. There are lots of great French artists.

What made you decide to move to London?

I moved to London from New York where I lived for a few years. I was attracted by the UK and all the great music and fashion I could observe from across the pond. It was a bit hard at first, the pace is so different. But I made lots of friends and found a great studio to work from quite quickly – that really helped. I really love living here. There’s so much to do!

You got a degree from Berklee. How did you find your time there?

I think because I landed there very young I didn’t quite realise what was up against at first. Before I went to Berklee, music for me was classical piano classes and self taught song writing and production… A very instinctive process. But I didn’t really sing much. Being there was a great opportunity for me to start singing everyday and with great people. I definitely learnt a lot.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

As I think about it they seem to be mostly stage related. Singing a duet with Plan B on BBC1Xtra and at his Shepherds Bush gig, touring with Nouvelle Vague, supporting Mika…

And actually being in the studio with Duffy this year has been a great experience.

 If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

Daft Punk for sure, they’re legends. And Bill Withers.

What are your plans for the near future?

Finishing my album for a release next year is the immediate plan for me at the moment. I’m also starting to think about a new show (for a tour too), while still being in the studio working on several projects. But mostly, living life fully and laughing lots.

Words: Joshua Boyd