Sophie, the Grammy-nominated Scottish experimental pop musician and producer, has died, aged 34.
The Athens-based act was involved in a “sudden accident” early on Saturday morning.
Record label Transgressive later explained that “True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and slipped and fell,” adding, “She will always be here with us.”
Glasgow-born artist Sophie Xeon released debut single ‘Nothing More to Say’ in February 2013 via the Glasgow-originated, London-based label Huntleys + Palmers, but would go on to work with the likes of Madonna, Diplo, Autechre, Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
Several singles appeared on Glasgow’s Numbers label, later compiled into a 2015 debut album ‘Product’, and in the same year Sophie was approached by Madonna to co-produce the single ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna, while Charli XCX later did likewise for her EP, ‘Vroom Vroom’ and the hit single ‘After The Afterparty’.
In October 2017, Sophie released ‘It’s Okay to Cry’, with their image being used for the first time, following previous ‘anonymous’ releases.
A debut studio album, ‘Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’, followed in 2018, through Sophie’s own label, MSMSMSM, along with Future Classic and Transgressive.
The album was later nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic album, as well as Sophie receiving the Innovator Award from the Association of Independent Music in 2018, with Sophie using the occasion to promote trans rights.
“To be truly deserving of this award involved not only changing the sound of today’s music, but also ripping apart a deeply entrenched and deeply flawed patriarchal society,” said the producer while collecting the award.
“Creating a more diverse, inspiring and meaningful future for us and the generations whose lives our decisions affect and help shape.”
Héloïse Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens, paid tribute on Twitter describing Sophie as a “stellar producer”, “a visionary”, and “a pioneer”.
Sophie was a stellar producer, a visionary, a reference. She rebelled against the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman. I can’t believe she is gone. We need to honor and respect her memory and legacy. Cherish the pioneers. pic.twitter.com/3kyRl1KabY
— Chris (@QueensChristine) January 30, 2021
And Nile Rodgers also described Sophie as “one of the most innovative, dynamic, and warm persons I had the pleasure of working with”.
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) January 30, 2021