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ARTIST INTERVIEW: SOPHIA STEPHENS


Interview


What is fervor? Why so alternative?



I was really captivated by the word Fervor, which means an intense or passionate feeling, so I decided to write a song based on it. The message of the song is warning the listener against this feeling, saying it’s too dangerous. While writing I could already envision a rock-like sound behind it. The song just sorta evolved into this edgy alternative sound that it has now.



What memorable responses have you had to your work?



I’ve always found memorable responses to happen in person, or from people I know, because these are oftentimes the most personal. For example I had a group of kids at my first show draw me little pictures and notes and put them in my tip jar at one of my first gigs. It’s just little moments that really stick with me.





Do you consider yourself a music nerd?



I wouldn’t consider myself super intelligent about music because I know there’s always going to be someone who knows more than me. But I do try to listen to as many different sounds as possible, and learn off of what I hear. I do get a bit nerdy over really good lyrics. I consider lyric writing an art and when I hear lyrics I really enjoy I could go on and on about it.



What indie rock album means the most to you?



I listen to mostly older rock albums and it’s definitely hard to pick. For older indie rock I’d choose Funeral by Arcade Fire and for newer The New Abnormal by the Strokes.



Can you tell us a cringe memory?



My cringiest memory regarding music is when I auditioned for a musical part at my middle school and brought my little sister who was in kindergarten. We walked into the audition with my friend and then my little sister started rolling on the floor in front of all the judges. I was so embarrassed I started nudging her with my foot to try to get her to stop, but it didn’t work. I did not get the part I auditioned for and neither did my sister.



How has internet impacted your music business?



I think the internet has impacted every artist because now we can be so much more connected to our fans. I don’t have to sign to a label to promote myself, or gain a following. I can also communicate with other artists a lot easier. The business has become a lot more interconnected and open to a lot of people, and I think that’s made it harder for breakthroughs to happen, but has also shown the world so much talent.



Describe your perfect day?



My perfect day would of course start with a full buffet, because I love breakfast food. Then I would probably spend the rest of my time performing for really energetic crowds and writing a ton of songs. By the end of the day, I would have to stay up late reading my favorite books and listening to new music.



What's your favorite movie?



I’m not sure I have a favorite movie because I’m definitely more of a TV girl, but my go-to comfort movies are either The Devil Wears Prada or Tangled.




Do you sing in shower if so what songs?



Most of the time I sing without realizing I’m even singing, so basically when I’m at home I’m always singing and that includes in the shower. Usually I‘m singing whatever comes to mind so it’s usually originals. Most have lyrics, but sometimes I’ll just be humming a melody as well.


Review


"Fervor" opens with thick slow riffs and a glorious voice! Sophia Stevens is disgusted by her disaffection and her blood is boiling!!! This melodic blood is supported by skeletal beats and riffs that build tension in this relationship that has just fallen apart. I love it when the track goes into slow motion and Sophia can finally show off her completely emotionally devastated voice that makes us really feel her passion and makes us feel complete!!! I also want to praise the bright and blissful refinements that contrast with the final explosion that ardently breaks with Stephens' ex - chosen one.










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