ARTIST NAME: S.O.S
SONG TITLE: Firebrick
EP TITLE: Edges Of The Mind
RELEASE DATE: 08/03/2019
GENRE: ELECTRO POP
Behind S.O.S is Sophie Debattista, a 24-year-old Anglo-Maltese singer, songwriter, producer, and busker, originally born on the Mediterranean Island of Malta.
In 2012 she followed her British roots and moved to the United Kingdom to pursue her love of music.
Auditioning for and obtaining a license to busk on the London Underground, was a game-changer.
Soon, whilst busking at King’s Cross, she was spotted by the Mayor Of London Culture Team and awarded a 3-year scholarship at The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London which enabled her to study and graduate with a first-class BA (Hons) in Songwriting.
The important end result of her studies was the creation of the S.O.S brand and recording of debut EP Edges Of The Mind.
Towards the end of 2015, Sophie’s music took an exciting turn as she began to delve into the world of music production.
She has fronted the production team on all of her releases creating a combination of edgy electronic tracks, warm vocals, and intense lyrics drawing influence from the likes of Halsey, Lorde, Sigrid, Anne Marie, Jess Glynne, and Jorja Smith.
This played a major role in Sophie’s growth within the UK so far and seven years down the line, she regularly performs around the London music circuit and plays festivals across the country.
On top of all that, she works hard at self-funding her music through regular busking on the TFL Network and loves that she is given the chance to meet new people in an unconventional way and bring some positivity into their day through her music.
Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.
I never stick to one strict method when writing music. With Firebrick, I started with the production.
I came up with the instrumentation and then began to improvise vocally over the top and just recorded anything that spontaneously came out.
I then began to experiment by using the vocals I had recorded as samples to blend into the production as part of the instrumentation.
It was a totally new way of building a song for me, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.
I wish I had the answer to this – I really do. I think the key to any success in life is to make sure you do what you love. It’s so much easier to maintain a career in an industry that gives you a buzz unlike any other.
Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.
The reaction has been really great. I love that people are enjoying listening to my music and supporting it in whatever little way they can.
My sound has been on quite a journey over the past few years; it’s really developed and blossomed into something totally different from where I started out. So it means the world, that people have embraced this change!
For me, it’s all about the listeners. If my music makes them happy, then that makes me happy.
Explain how to deal with fear on stage.
I used to suffer quite badly from anxiety related to performing on stage.
I remember when I first moved to London to do music, I was so scared to get up on stage, even in front of the smallest crowds, and it would make me feel so nervous. I just felt like the whole room would hate me and judge me.
The way I overcame that fear was by accepting the fact that, whilst some people may judge, the majority of the audience have come to that gig with the best intentions, to have a lovely night and listen to some great music. If anything, the audience is on your side and hoping you’ll be amazing and add a bit of extra sparkle to their night.
Once my mind was in the right place, it was just a case of doing as many gigs as I possibly could.
I know it’s mega cheesy to say “practice makes perfect”, but actually the more I was on stage, the more I felt comfortable in that environment.
I also found busking my set on the TFL underground network was really helpful too, as I could make all sorts of mistakes without anyone noticing or caring!
Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
I think that today’s development in technology has led to such incredible possibilities within music creation and production.
Literally, anything is possible and I think it’s very positive that this technology has been made more accessible to more people.
On the flip side of that, I think in the process we have lost a bit of the authenticity that music had back in the day.
The records that were full of energy and life recorded completely live by a full band, and literally just had one take to get the recording perfect. I guess there are pros and cons for both.
Tell us an interesting experience in your music career that is significant.
It may sound boring, but one of the most significant moments in my career was definitely deciding to study Songwriting at the university.
When I moved to London I never intend to study, but after being offered and accepted onto a scholarship, I found myself being opened up to a whole new side of music that I previously never knew about.
Since then, I feel like actually completing the three-year BA has led to so many great opportunities that I honestly don’t think would have come my way otherwise.
The best part was being surrounded by other amazing and diverse musicians who all had an equal love of music and all gave each other the confidence and inspiration we needed to be the best we could be.
Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.
The lyrics were inspired by a friend of mine who has always had problems with the men in her life, ever since she was young.
Every male relationship seems to leave a new emotional scar and change her in some way.
But no matter how rough things have got, she’s always managed to find a way through.
Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.
Simple. Through my music.
Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion.
I think using something as lighthearted as music to discuss and highlight complex topics that are otherwise not spoken about within popular culture, is actually really important.
I really believe music can be so helpful to create a new perspective on a particular subject.
Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.
I think that is something pretty difficult to plan. I think I’ll just stay true to myself and always write music that is from the heart, honest and open to everyone’s individual interpretation. It’s so special when my listeners create their own connection to my stuff.
List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.
There are so, so many! But just to name a few:
Amy Winehouse for her artistry, songwriting, and iconic vocals.
Tina Turner for being such a groundbreaking artist and one of the best showwomen ever.
Stevie Wonder for being an incredibly talented musician, vocalist, and songwriter.
The Beatles just simply for being The Beatles!
Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.
I don’t have a viewpoint on discriminating; I just think it’s unacceptable in any form.
Tell us your favorite books and state your reason.
If I’m honest, I’m not much of a reader. I’m more of a music and film lover really.
Tell us what triggers your creativity.
Everything and anything! Literally, the smallest things could spark the best ideas. Even just walking down the street or sitting on the underground looking at the other commuters.
I also really love reading the newspaper or watching TV and film for other forms of inspiration.
Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
I try to listen to as many different music styles as possible and frequently expose myself to new genres and artists.
It really opens up my mind to other ways of creating music and broadens my palette of ideas.
Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
At the moment my favorite song from all my releases has to either be Like a Flower for its tender topic and catchy melodies. Or Firebrick for the way the vocals and instrumentation have been intertwined as one.
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
My artist’s name is S.O.S, the idea for this came from when I was younger. My sister gave me the nickname ‘sossy’ or ‘sos’ and that just stuck with me.
The title of my first collection of songs is called Edges Of The Mind.
I came up with this title after experimenting with a song called Edges.
This song was never actually released, but the lyrics explored the idea of unpopular thoughts that come from the deep dark corners of your mind and don’t always get aired.