Singer-songwriter Sophie Breton is from Quebec. She made the decision to stop waiting for opportunities in 2019 and start making her own music after being inspired by many other women in the industry. Sophie tells stories in an indie/pop style while being self-conscious, sensitive, and thoughtful. With those sounds and lyrics, which have Billie Eilish, Charlotte Cardin, and H.E.R as influences, you’ll never feel alone. Observed on “Sophie Breton is a Canadian singer and songwriter who excels at slow, mellow indie pop.
She decided to write her own music at the start of 2019 with an emphasis on being self-aware, sensitive, and perceptive. As a result, Sophie is able to craft stories that stick in listeners’ minds.” (London, UK’s Music Arena GH Medias)
Sophie, who used to be a huge show fan but is now a budding artist, will put out her first EP in the summer of 2022. Check out her latest release & the exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?
SOPHIE BRETON: I come from a traditional family, no one is really in the artistic fields. I’ve always been an introvert and shy kid doing art, I was really in my little creative bubble haha! Growing up I really wanted to “fit in” so I stopped doing creative hobbies, isn’t sad? Started back in college and now I can’t live without art.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
SOPHIE BRETON: I’m self-taught! Youtube, my piano and my ukulele are my besties to learn. Of course, I’ve been in a choir younger but not that long, I kinda hated it haha!
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘SOPHIE BRETON’?
SOPHIE BRETON: This is my bord and raised name, there was not other way of having a different stage name. I had a lot of musical influences growing up but the one that really inspired me to create music was Billie Eilish. It proved me that you can do anything with a computer and a small room. It was a huge ice breaker for me.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
SOPHIE BRETON: When I record music, I try to be in a rush of emotions so that it joins listeners at home. I learned that music cannot be perfect, if you put emotions through it, your voice must be a little delicate for example, but it will directly connect with people.
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?
I think you need to speak up as an artist of what is going on in the world cause your work and the people you share your work with is tinted by those ups and downs going on in the world. Within it’s in your art or your words on social medias, don’t stay silent.
7. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it, or are you expecting something more, or different in the future?
Absolutely, driving with a new song out loud in my car is such a blessing moment. I literally feel on a cloud. I think the past process in the last 3 years taught me to never get comfortable, so I will experiment more and more.
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
It’s always different. Sometimes it’s lyrics first and sometimes it’s a track, I try as much as possible to not fit a specific creative process and to let it flow through the months and years. My emotions and what’s going on in the world is guiding me a lot.
9. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
Being all alone through the pandemic, no one to help. Turned out to be the most educative part of the process, I’ve learned that I was more creative than I thought!
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
SOPHIE BRETON: When my music reach people around the world, it really makes my heart happy! The first year, I reached 52 countries and I thought wow, everything is possible.
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