We had the good fortune of connecting with Sofia Rusick and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sofia, how do you think about risk?
Taking risk used to be a no brained for me. I move all the way from Switzerland to came to the US to pursue a care in Music. After attending Berklee College of Music I moved to LA without knowing anyone just because my gut instinct told me that I need to be there. I’n those years I worked for an incredible management company, MDDN, sung as the front woman in my previous band, Seven Day Sleep and organize monthly networking/concert called The Pregame. I always took the risk and never evaluated how it could go wrong because I had a vision.

However over the years it has become more difficult to have this approach and I’ve really needed time to get to know who I am and what I really want in life. As I’ve been growing and looking within, I realized that I thrive when I follow my gut and take risk. This is why in the past year I took the dive and put out my first solo single. It has been the scariest but most exciting feeling in the world to be able to share my music. At the end of the day the biggest fear of all is not taking the risk and forever questioning “what would have happened if I had taken that risk?”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My current art is a bit of everything. I grew up listening to a lot of Pop, Country, Jazz, Rock, Reggaeton, rap etc… Over the years I became more infatuated with the Alternative scene and Metal music and that is why my songwriting has the feel of a “musical rainbow” , it has a bit of everything.

As a composer on the piano, I used to be so afraid to have to “define” my sound and this was never easy because I was always being inspired by so many different forms of expression. People would hear me play the piano and say you sound like X,Y and Z but I had a vision of how the song could come to life with more than just the piano. My biggest struggle was getting my vision to come to life because I didn’t know much about production and recording instruments for a full band. This is when I realized that I needed to work with some incredible producers to help my vision come to life. Joel Ferber and Tim Beken happened to be those incredible producers. They understood what I was looking for at the time and how I needed the instruments to come to life.

Since working with Joel and Tim I have been consistently writing a developing my sound yet again. I understand now that I am a creative that needs to be constantly challenging myself and pushing myself to be better. I don’t want to get stuck in creating and writing the same thing I need to be pushing my own boundaries without the fear of trying to ‘fit in” a genera. I only have one single out but I can’t wait to release more music because none of it will sound exactly the same or be defined in one genera and that’s why I’m going to have one hell of a show!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If there weren’t restrictions on certain things due to the pandemic my first day activity would be going to the Grey Stone Mansion. This is one of my favorite locations to go to, even by myself because it gives me a small feel of being back in Europe with the architecture and the beautiful gardens. There is also a really cool murder mystery story behind this house that I love telling friends going there for the first time. Then I would of course take them to the beach and enjoying some great restaurants. One of my favorite spots to eat is Gracias Mare in West Hollywood that has incredible vegan food. I would also love to show them all the cool farmers markets around the city and the Melrose Trading post on Fairfax.

For evening activities I would take them to see some live music at The Peppermint Club and School Night which never fails to provide quality artist and a good time, let’s also not forget Emo Night! If they wanted to go dancing I would go to the Al Tun Tun which never fails to get you off your feet and singing at the top of your lungs. The last two things that I would love to share with them is the LACMA Jazz nights and Cinespia Movies at the cemetery in Hollywood.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people along the way that have helped me get to where I am but first and foremost I have to give the biggest shoutout to my parents. Ever since I was little girl I said I wanted to grow up and become a singer they encouraged it. It is hard for us to be so far apart and it’s not always easy but they never stop supporting me and guiding me through the tough times, the beautiful times and the unknown times. Another person who has shown me support and encouragement is my friend Noelle. She has pushed me in times when I struggle to believe in myself and pushes me in ways no one else has.

Instagram: @sofia.rus

Twitter: Sofia_rus6

Youtube: https://youtu.be/ZHXDjZ1KQWk

Image Credits
Jeremy Saffer Noelle Denton Serra Işık

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