With folk-rock songs, Sophia Massad, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Sophia Massad will perform at the Brewhouse on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 6:00 pm. Here are ten questions to get to know Sophia.
I’m like… an onion. I have layers.
But really, this is a hard question to answer. I’m really just a kid who likes to post memes and watch The Office, but music is my who life. I started singing when I was eleven years old, (here’s a good laugh for you), then when I was sixteen, I released the Sophia Massad EP, you can find that gem on Spotify, iTunes, etc. I joined The So Help Me’s in 2017, which has been a super rad time. I started this new Sophia Massad project at the first of 2018, having a full band join me. I feel like this project is the most raw and true me that I have ever been. I am not making music to try to be anything but myself. A lot of the music I’m releasing, like “insecurities” (May 4th), are songs that I have had in a vault for years. A lot of this music is really hard to me to release because it is so personal and makes me vulnerable. But I like it is important for artists to share their dark side and show their struggles along with their triumph.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
My absolute favorite song I have right now, is called “Alone at Night.” I love this song because for many years I played this song to myself and never let anyone hear it, and the first time I played it live, I got such an awesome response from the audience.
We are currently in the studio recording this song for a release (like us on social to keep up with the release date)
But for the time being, check out “Oh Honey.”
3. What’s your song writing process?
It’s normally at the weirdest times, I’ll just sit down with my guitar or at my piano, and just go. Whatever I play, whatever words come out, I just go and I record it on my phone. I listen to it the next day, and If I still like it I’ll normally go back to it, revise the lyrics, and then I have a song.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
I always look forward to Norman Music Fest. I remember bein’ a lil kiddo and my dad and brother would take me to see Oklahoma’s best bands. In 2013, I remember my brother taking me to see Horse Thief and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. After they played I got to go say hi to the boys and I had the cheesiest moment, thinking “one day I’m going to play NMF!” and here I am haha. I have so many great memories from Norman Music Fest. I am so excited for this years lineup, if you haven’t listened to Kississippi, go do that now.
5. In general, what inspires you?
I find inspiration in the weirdest places. I get a lot of inspiration from just watching the Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, or Fleetwood Mac play live. They are all huge inspirations to me. I really get inspired when I am in nature, I am such an earth person. When I hike or just get to be in the woods, I feel recharged to go back into life and create. The more I create music, the more excited I get to be doing what I am doing, and the more I find inspiration in the smallest things.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
I WOULD 100% GO TO Hobbiton in New Zealand. That is just my freaking dream.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
Well, I actually used to live in Norman when I attended OU for Opera back in 2014… So, I’ll definitely go back to my roots and spend some time in the gorgeous OU library.
8. What else you want the public to know about you?
I have been training to teach speech level singing since I was twelve and I now have my own vocal coaching business, teaching people how freaking awesome Speech Level Singing is!
Also, I can do this:
9. What do you think should be the Eleventh Wonder of the World?
The Great Construction of Oklahoma City (since it will always be there).
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
One time I poured a bag of Cool Ranch Dorrito’s into my bag of Flaming Hot Cheeto’s and it was really scary to take this risk, but it was definitely worth it, and the outcome was incredible. #ExtremeSports
The eleveth Norman Music Festival is on April 26, 27, and 28, 2018. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here. To learn more about the festival, check out our NMF page.