What is your name?
My name is Anna-Sofia Monroy, but I go under the artist name Sofia Monroy.
What is your genre of music?
This is always such a tricky question to answer, haha, but if I had to define it I guess I would say it’s pop-music influenced a lot by RnB- and soul.
Give us a little bio about you.
My life began in Mexico City, where I lived my first 2 years on a rooftop. After that we moved to the northern parts of Sweden, to a little city called Luleå. This exact culture clash is the core of my artist project, and I would describe Sofia Monroy as the result of this, where Mexico meets Sweden, where English meets Spanish and where the minimalistic meets the colorful.
What made you go into music?
The yearning to express myself has, as long as I can remember, always been present, but I believe that the fact that it took shape as music is nothing but a coincidence. I got my first guitar when I was 10 and as I started to play on it, the singing came very natural to it. If it wouldn’t have been music, it probably would have been something else.
Who are your influences?
Musically I have a lot of different influences, some examples are Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Prince and D’Angelo. I also get a lot of inspiration from Mexico (where I was born), both musically but also aesthetic-wise and one of my greatest sources of inspiration of all time is Frida Kahlo.
Are you a signed?
At the moment I’m independent 🙂
Describe the track in two words.
Oufffff, tricky….. Maybe sexy and… hmmmm…. bassy? Or groovy!
Who did you work with on the single? What was the writing and recording process like?
I worked with producer Jeff Roman and songwriter Michelle Zarate, both located in Stockholm. It started out in the studio where Jeff began with the outstanding bassline and the groovy drum beat. After that we added the synthesiser that gave off such an 80’s vibe, which I really enjoyed, and then I started freestyling the melodies. I remember that we wanted to do something that followed the drum beat, a Michael Jackson – kind of sound, the ones he used to do with his voice, and that’s when we came up with the “take the control, everything stop”- part. After that everything just flowed into place!
Will we see a music video for ‘Control’ and if so what can we expect from the creative process?
You will, and I’m so excited for it to come out! Without spoiling too much let me just say that it’s the perfect reflection of me as an artist: dramatic, storytelling and colourful!
One clue: I fell off a horse during the recording…..
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it? / What else can we expect in early 2023?
Yes! My debut EP “Telenovela” is being released this spring! The name “Telenovela” comes from a type of soap opera produced primarily in Latin America. My own Telenovela is sprinkled with humour and of course: drama, but it also deals with my experience with minority stress, cultural identity and mental illness.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
On tour somewhere in the world!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I don’t really have one… But maybe I should find one? Haha
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
There’s only one thing I can’t forget and that is to have fun! And enjoy every second of the gig and enjoy every single tone that flows out into the room.