Sophia Bastian is blowing up with her new song and music video ‘Blind Ambition’ — we caught up with the singer who reveals that everything you need to know about your fave new obsession right now!
Sophia Bastian‘s new single, “Blind Ambition” is definitely a song for the summer! She’s soulful, fresh and fun. As soon as we heard her new hit, we were hooked!
HollywoodLife.com got a chance to catch up with the singer on her explosive music career and she tells us five things you might not have known!
1. How did you get started creating music? “I started writing my own songs when I found chord progressions on the guitar I loved around age 14. When you feel the sound of guitar resonate it naturally brings up words, verses. It’s like it washes up emotion for me that leads to a new song. So, that’s my main source for songwriting. Also when I discovered what Lauryn Hill did on her MTV unplugged sessions it really inspired me to make the guitar my writing partner. When I had my first few songs together I linked up with a guy at school and we recorded my first demos with a band.”
2. Who are your biggest influences? “Since I’m a kid I’m big into the Classics…Ray Charles, James Brown, Nina Simone and all the early Aretha records. More current artists I love are Alabama Shakes, James Blake, Kimbra and Lianne LaHavas.”
3. What was the inspiration behind the song and video for “Blind Ambition”? “Blind Ambition” is about that fantasy of how you’ll show up your frenemies. It’s that schoolyard mentality …when you’re feeling down, left out and betrayed even … when you just gotta hype yourself up for a boost of confidence to let these damn tables turn : ) I collaborated with UK producer Phil Simmonds on this ( he was musical director for Angel Haze). He plays all the instruments on the track. And sings on it as well. He’s very intuitive and totally captured what the song was about for me. As a joke we called this style of music Gangster Gospel. And now I stick with it.”
4. What can we expect next from you? “I’ll put out a second single before the EP release this summer ( produced by Phil Simmonds ) And my band and I will playing shows : next up Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on May 1st!!!”
5. According to Sophia’s website, she opened for The Roots — so cool!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Sophia’s music?