Photo Credit: Amy Ryder
The Sophistocrats released their first EP, Together on March 24, 2018. The band will be touring to support the release during May 2018, so it’s the perfect time to find out more about this up-and-coming Canadian band through our Five Questions With segment. You can also check out an awesome acoustic video below:
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am Sophie Moreau Parent, a singer-songwriter from Ottawa. I spent three years living in Nelson, British Columbia, where I met Davis Yates, Aybars Savat, and Nathan Swift. Together we formed The Sophistocrats. I describe our music as Suburban R&B and Organic Trip-Hop. We recently released our first EP entitled Together.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Our music is very down to earth and relatable. My lyrics and melodies are straightforward. I’m an open book and so is my music. My bandmates understood me right away. I would write down the gist of a song, alone in my apartment, I’d bring it to rehearsal and we’d arrange it together. These past couple of years, I struggled with expectations, communication, and boundaries. I realized that I was learning how to balance self-discovery and relationships. The EP is based on my own personal experiences as a young adult.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Our live performance is laid-back and groovy. Every crowd is different so we spontaneously adapt the show. The guys have incredible musicianship. We have lots of fun playing together and it’s contagious. Being on stage is a very vulnerable experience for me, my songs are intimate, I have to open up.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I’d say Broken Record. It’s a fun groove and the lyrics tell a genuine story. I’d also suggest Silent if you want to hear societal criticism.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I love listening to other emerging artists. Our friends from British Columbia The Racket, Rumour Mill, I M U R and Tenise Marie all make incredibly thoughtful music. I’ve recently discovered very talented musicians from my hometown: The Heavy Medicine Band – Keturah Johnson, Trails, Alanna Sterling, Shadowhand, Grace Marr and Moonfruits. There is so much incredible music out there, but when I get to know the artist personally, it makes their music resonate with me on a deeper level.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.