Sophia Fracassi

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Where are you currently based?

I’m mostly based out of Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

How did you first start playing music?

I’ve been singing since before I could walk, apparently. I have always loved music passionately. I started classical voice training when I was five years old and began to teach myself piano by-ear when I was around eight or nine. I started writing music seriously when I was around fourteen, and I haven’t looked back since!

What’s been happening recently?

I have been spending a lot of time in the studio as of late. I’m currently working on a lot of special projects! This summer is going to be packed, and I can’t wait to share it all with everyone.

Your latest single ‘But I Do’ arrived on May 13, please tell us what influenced the sound and songwriting?

But I Do is one of the most vulnerable songs that I’ve written so far. It touches on pretty well every single insecurity I have ever struggled with, and forces my quiet thoughts out into the open. It’s like a page out of my diary. Sonically, it matches the lyrics. I wrote the piano part to actually sound like it’s moving in continuous circles, spinning around in a dizzy wave. There is a constant pulse throughout the track like a heartbeat, and it never settles. The entire song sounds like how it feels to be overwhelmed, full of tension that never releases, even until the very end. I cry almost every time I listen, it’s very cathartic.

How did you go about writing But I Do?

I wrote But I Do just over a year ago, last May. I was struggling pretty heavily with loneliness and was trying to distract myself, ultimately to no avail. One night, I sat down at the piano in my living room where most of my songs have been written, and the song just kind of spilled out of me. It was like an overflowing of every emotion and thought I had been experiencing.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with

I recorded the song in October, 2021 with my producer, Steve Molella, out of his personal studio in Woodbridge, ON. The track was mixed by Jay Dufor, and mastered by Joao Carvalho – both out of Toronto, ON.

How did you approach the recording process?

I started workshopping the song with Steve in September, 2021. We fine tuned a few parts and then created a simple piano/vocal demo to share with my label. Everyone really loved the song, and so we re-tracked a few parts, and built the rest of the production around the piano and vocal.

What does this single mean to you?

I think this song is important to me because it marks a really pivotal moment in my life where I realized that no matter how busy or successful, etc I was, my happiness could not come from my circumstances alone. It wouldn’t matter how hard I worked, or how many people I pleased – I had to stop and let myself think for a moment. It was really within this tension of holding on and breaking down, that I remembered the things that actually mattered to me, and it set me down the right path again.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I have been loving Sigrid recently. She has created such a fun, fresh spin on pop music. As the summer approaches, all I want to hear are her good vibes.

What do you like to do away from music?

I love hosting people! To me, it’s a lot like a concert, it brings people together and connects them. Making a delicious meal and inviting people into your space, making them feel special, it’s such a good feeling. I’m not very good at small talk either, I love to hear people’s stories.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022?

This year will be a busy one! I have a very special project coming this July, which I am extremely excited for. I also can’t wait to get out and perform this summer! It’s been too long.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

As long as I’m with the people I love, it doesn’t really matter where I am (to be a bit sappy). If I could choose, however, it would probably be a really massive brunch with my friends on a patio somewhere, or charcuterie on my back deck, or pizza on the beach – well, actually, I can’t decide!

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