CATCHING UP WITH LONDON SINGER SONGWRITER ‘SOPHIA MINA’ ALL ABOUT HER NEW SINGLE ‘AINT GOT TIME’ AND THE 4TH SEPT IS YOUR CHANCE TO HEAR IT LIVE AT ZEBRANOS,LONDON!

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What is your name?
Sophia Mina

What is the name of your new single?
Ain’t Got Time

Tell us about the single.
what’s it about? It’s about a guy that I was into, who was supposedly into me. But, he made no effort to message me, so I was like dude? You say you like me, but you barely text or call me. What’s your deal, can you at least try? Then the day after that, my phone was being bombarded with lots of messages and I was in a writing session with my producer and another writer and the concept of the song happened really naturally after that.

What is your genre of music?
Pop / commercial melodies with an urban production style

Tell those new to your music all about you as an artist
My music is heavily influenced by the 90s / early 2000s. I go by the title of singer, songwriter and storyteller. I’m all about capturing the truth and trying to portray it in the most authentic and commercial way possible. I also, feel like my music is constantly evolving as I also do spoken word now, so I do believe that will start to show in my newest stuff. I want to start playing around with and using more of my Chinese culture in my music too.

What made you go in to music?
I always loved singing and performing and I used to be really into poetry and creative writing. Then in my final year of drama school, I starting writing and I guess that’s when those two crafts merged. There’s something about music that keeps me alive. But, it’s kinda crazy, because I always tell my mum, “ Music means life to me, but music will be the death of me”. So, the relationship I have with my craft, can be difficult at times. It’s one of the biggest things I cling to, but being an emotional creative with no team, no label and sometimes no one to talk to that actually understands you can be hard. The amount of people that have sold me dreams and false promises over the years has been seriously jarring. Sometimes I ask myself, why do I still do this? But, I do it for myself and so that people  can relate to what I go through.

Are you signed?
Nope, I’m a fully independent artist. #

What was the writing process like for your single?
A really fun, easy and natural process to be honest with you.

What was the recording process like?
Rather frustrating, because I actually wanted to record the song 2 semi tones higher, but the beat didn’t sound as good in that key. So, I recorded it in the original key of the song, which was fine. But it just took me a while to figure it out haha! I actually came up with the bridge / rap part of the song in the recording process as well so that bit was super fun! 😀

Who did you work with on the single?
Michael Antoniou, my main producer / co writer and Bradley Braithewaite

Tell us about your video for the single.
where was it filmed and who is in it?
It was shot partially around Kings Cross area, as it’s an awesome location and not too far from Tileyard Studios, which became a base for a lot of music workshops and sessions for me. The other half was shot at The Roundhouse, which is where I had my single launch party and have undergone a lot of creative programs. So besides me, most of my friends are in the video, Ria, JJ, Mariana and Rebecca. My lead male is a guy called Dylan, who I scouted from a circus performance put on in collaboration with The Roundhouse.

Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading? Yep,  4th September at Zebranos.

Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading?
Yep,  4th September at Zebranos.

What else can we expect in 2019?
I’ll probably drop another single before the end of the year and start actually working on my album now that I’m more sure of where I want to go sound wise as an artist. But, with a few more live performances along the way of course.

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Not currently, as I’m still trying to work out what my distinct sound is and branding so it makes it hard to know who will fit my sound, visa versa. But there are lots of friends I’m collaborating with, writing wise.

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
They can contact my directly via email info@sophiamina.com

Do you play any instruments?
Keyboard and guitar

Who are your influences?
Ariana Grande, Pia Mia, Britney Spears, Dr Luke, Justin Bieber and Max Martin.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Mostly life experiences. 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Touring the world, being in a commercial, a film, a musical and have written a book.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love baking, swimming, dancing, going to church and just hanging out with my friends and family.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Because of You – Kelly Clarkson.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
It only takes one song. That’s what you need to remember, when you’re going through the hard times.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians as an artist?
It’s all about hard work, perseverance and who you know. Don’t get me wrong. Life is all about timing, but you really do need to make opportunities for yourself and always be prepared to perform on the spot.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t lose sleep over what you can’t control. But.. I barely sleep and hardly ever stick by that or anything. Hahah!

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Alexandra Palace

You’re coming off tour;
1/ Where do first?
My bed
2/ Who do you see first? My Dog
3/What do you eat first?
Cheese and Onion crisp walkers.. haha. Did I say this last year? haha


When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Lipstick, bloting paper, business card, mobile phone and phone charger

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Snapchat: sophiaminaofcl



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