At only 18 years old, Sody has successfully discovered and manifested who she is as an artist. After first breaking into the scene in 2016 with ‘Wasted Youth’, the English singer-songwriter cemented herself as an artist you need to keep an eye on. Embodying a raw vulnerability that is rare to come across as this young age, she finds a way to break your heart and put it back together. After the release of her debut EP ‘Youth’ she has come a long with her continued growth and emotional revelation as an artist. Her newest single ‘Let You Know’ is a very raw affair that reflects on removing yourself from a toxic situation. Where as on the instant great track ‘Whole’ she’s left it open to your interpretation and delivered the track in it’s raw demo form to fully soak up the emotion.
I recently chatted to Sody about the vulnerability behind ‘Whole’ and ‘Let You Know’, the decision to release a demo officially and how her age has impacted her creativity. Check out the chat HERE;
TB: ’Whole’ tells the story of surviving a breakup and picking up the pieces of your broken heart. You do this by learning to love yourself, so when you’re in that vulnerable and heartbroken place how do you personally come to peace with your emotions?
S: I love that people interpret my music in their own way. That’s what makes song writing so special. Actually, ‘Whole’ is about surviving bullying and bringing closure to a dark, draining time. I had to come to terms with the fact that I was never going to receive the apology that I longed for from the bullies and move on. I realised that there are people around me that love me and care for me so I used them to help me get through it. I’m so lucky to have music as my outlet.
TB: Officially releasing a demo is pretty rare, so what felt right to you about releasing this song the way it is? Because personally I love the raw and emotional hold this song embodies.
S: It wouldn’t have felt right if it was polished. ‘Whole’ is a song that helped me put my emotions to bed so I wanted to use the original vocal take to reflect how raw and vulnerable I was at the time.
TB: Reflecting back on releasing ‘Wasted Youth’ to now having ‘Let You Know’ out in the world, what would you say is the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself as an artist?
S: I released ‘Wasted Youth’ when I was 15 and Let You Know at 18 so the difference between those two girls is quite vast. I have learnt that I need to experience things in order to write the best songs of my ability. I have grown up massively over those 3 years, so the difference in those songs is quite substantial. I am constantly growing as a person but I will always write songs that mean something to me and always go with my gut.
TB: With lyrics like “I gave you my all but you still want more. I thought you were proud but it’s not enough”, ‘Let You know’ tells this story of realising your worth in a toxic situation. So how was the writing and recording experience for this song. Was it cathartic or overwhelmingly emotional?
S: I wrote ‘Let You Know’ about my experience at school where I’d constantly try and please teachers or people in authoritative positions but was left always feeling like I wasn’t good enough. It was emotional to write and is still emotional to sing on stage because it brings me back to that moment in time. But I found the strength to question their guidance and follow my dream of doing music for a living.
TB: On ‘Maybe It Was Me’ you took a different approach and realised that sometimes we are the ones to blame for the end of a relationship. For that particular experience did you write about it whilst it was happening as a healing process for yourself or was it a self-reflection later on when you were looking back at the break up?
S: Yeah, it’s a self- reflection after the break up with my first ever boyfriend. We still are friends now but I guess I just felt I owed him an apology as I wasn’t as kind as I could have been. It’s good to take ownership of your own actions and accept when you’re wrong.
TB: We could dissect so many of your songs but the common denominator is how vulnerable and real these lyrics are. So what would you say has been your most vulnerable moment as an artist so far? And is there a song that your nervous or excited about releasing in particular because of its storyline?
S: I think every time I walk into a studio I feel at my most vulnerable. It would be easy to decide to write a song based on fiction but I choose to expose my inner most thoughts to the world in my music. Can you imagine meeting a total stranger and trying to get to know them quick enough to trust them with your secrets? It’s really hard and scary at times but It’s also therapeutic.
I’m excited to release some more upbeat tracks as I’ve shared quite a few sad songs recently. I think it’s important to make certain situations light hearted and take the positives. I’m always going to be nervous when releasing songs because you never know how people will react / take to a song but as long as I stay true to myself, I’ll always be happy!
TB: You’ve only just turned 18 years old but you already seem so confident with who you are as an artist. So who or what inspires you sonically?
S: The people around me inspire what I write about and how I’m feeling. My mood determines what type of song it will be whether I’m in the worst mood or the best. I love Julia Michael’s writing as it’s quirky and relatable. Ed Sheeran will always inspire me for his ability to constantly create amazing, catchy songs that still stay true to his truthful song-writing.
TB: With your music having such a vulnerable and honest undertone at such a young age, it’s actually really empowering. So what is some advice you would like to give to young women who are worried to show their vulnerability or be their authentic selves in this slightly confusing political state of the world?
S: I mean, it’s always going to be hard to show that vulnerability and be honest about yourself but the more people that show their most authentic self, the more people will be confident to do so. I want to be able to inspire and empower young people to be themselves and not care what other people think. Your happiness is the most important thing.
TB: So let’s play a little game of rapid fire questions where I’m going to ask you some questions that you just answer with the first thing that comes to mind;
TB: My pre-show pump up song is…
S: ‘Gucci Flip Flops’ by Bhad Bhabie. Me, my band and tour manager love it!
TB: The emoji that best describes my new track ‘Whole’ is…
S: Teary eyed emoji
TB: Pineapple on Pizza is…
TB: When I hear the country Australia I think of…
S: Shrimps on the Barbie
TB: One thing people don’t know about me is that…
S: I used to play county cricket for Middlesex