If you are looking for something infectious, bubbly and all sorts of cool vibe, check out Sofi Tukker’s virally known breakout Treehousetrack "Best Friend," featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno. Sofi Tukker sat down with Billboard Radio China to share their successes and achievements on their “Best Friend” track.
Sofi Tukker, the duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern are best friends with 2 different personalities and backgrounds. “ It got to where it is today, and getting to know each other, figuring out who we are and making things.” Both coming with different backgrounds combines together with similar interests. Sophie has a confused national identity - she was born in Germany but moved around the world with her parents, surprisingly, she still finds her home country Germany the most influential place. While for Tucker, he grew up in Boston and always loved music that sounded weird, different and out there. He went to college and started to fell in love with house music that comes from European and Latin messages and rythms with a lot of foreign languages in the music.
When talking about their music and upcoming directions, Tucker explained that they do not really describe their music in genre terms, but what they know is that the music they produce can make people move to it, dance to it and take them to where they wanna be.
Besides, the duo’s music has some individualistic aspects to it as well, Sophie says that “ I spend time working on lyrics on my own and Tucker spends time working on production on its own. When we come together, we give each other feedback to it.”
The duo have been writing both Portuguese and English since the beginning of the band. “ I think we are just interested in what we are inspired by, sometimes in English and sometimes in Portuguese, it depends.” Tucker also said that including elements of different languages in their music is not considered a new direction for them but instead a way to express and show the different sides of themselves all the time.
Apart from Sofi Tukker’s special style in music, their overall theme makes the duo stands out leaving a unique impression to their audiences. “ The root of the Sofi Tukker theme is colorfulness and self-expression in a sort of fun way .” As seen from their music videos and outfit styles, both agree on loving colorful, bright sparkly things. Sophie says that “ I like things that make me feel like I want to dance, colorful, powerful and confident in my body in a good way, goofy too.”
One of the biggest milestones of Sofi Tukker was their first studio album release “ Treehouse” in April. They explained that in their album, they produced a group of songs as a collection that works together as a unit. Sophie and Tucker had no pressure putting out the album “ We didn’t have any expectations, we just wanted to keep putting things out there so that people can get to know us better.”
Known for the track’s vibrant, lively and unique cool vibe, “ Best Friend” featuring Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno hits No.1 in Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. It all started in the garage in Florida, Sophie was on the phone with her best friend from college and just got so high off of her friendship. “ I came back in and Tucker was making this really cool beat and I was like “Oh my God, I love my best friend so much. I want to make a song about her.” In the making of the song “Best Friends”, their collaboration with Nervo and Alisa Ueno was out of plan “We had just become friends with NERVO, and they were telling us about this girl that they were managing in Tokyo named Alisa Ueno, who’s this cool DJ. I hit them up. We [thought], let’s call our actual close friends, and just have a fun gang track with all the homies on it.”
Sofi Tukker are surprised about the success of the track “ Best Friends’. “ The fact that the song broke down some doors for us, it is pretty fitting and really exciting for us.” They both did not expect that it would come so far from putting their song track in the Apple commercial to reaching Radio Top 40. “ It really is what we (Sofi Tukker) are about, we are about community, about friendship and everyone encouraging everyone shining.”
As to what’s next, the duo are currently travelling on the bus going around North America, the US and Canada. They are also planning to go to Japan for a short visit then go back to Europe to attend music festivals. “ We are constantly on the road, neither of us had permanent apartments.”
As fans eagerly await the next album, the duo revealed that in the meantime, they are releasing a lot of new music and as well as upcoming music videos. “ We are gonna continue creating and continue loving what we are doing.”
By the end of the interview, Sofi Tukker added that they are excited and looking forward to make it to China. “ That always has been an exciting goal of ours, hope we can come very soon.”
To get to know more about Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, Listen to the full interview only on Billboard Radio China.
Article written by Melanie Japson.