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

Hi Sophia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Deciding to work in the music industry full-time is probably the biggest risk any musician will face at one point or another. It’s a pretty daunting industry with a lot of moving parts, and it feels like it changes daily, so taking that leap and choosing to try and navigate a career in music can be a scary decision. In my day to day, I come across all sorts of risks with every project I take on. Some feel like small risks and some feel like they could potentially change the trajectory of your career. Every song I release comes with a lot of decision making, ‘do we need to rewrite any of it? Is the production finished? Which artwork is better suited to the song? What sort of visuals will accompany it, a visualizer? official music video? lyric video?’ I have to try and trust my gut a lot during this process, and hope that people love the end product as much as I do. It can definitely be tricky when you put so much time and effort into a creative project and it doesn’t translate as you might’ve hoped. Some songs do way better than others and you can never quite figure out the formula as to why that happens, so making these judgement calls throughout the creative process can definitely feel risky at times.

I first moved to the USA when I was 17, to the East Coast in 2016 and then out to LA three years later to pursue music full-time. This was obviously a bigger risk, but the pay off has been incredible. It’s pretty rewarding to take a step back and look at how far I’ve come since I first moved from the UK. I absolutely adore the people I work with in LA, both on the music and the video side of things, and I feel like I’ve had a lot of creative growth since moving out West thanks to them. We’ve made some of my favourite things I’ve ever created, and its crazy to think about how different things would be if I didn’t take the risk and move here.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One thing that I do take a lot of pride in is my guitar playing. There really aren’t a lot of well known female guitarists. Most guitar brands have a very male-heavy artist roster and I feel like its rare to see women have a platform to absolutely shred on the electric guitar. I’ve been working closely with PRS Guitars now for a couple of years as an official artist, and really love that they are making a conscious effort to give us a platform to show that we’re just as capable! I grew up playing the guitar incessantly, so it feels pretty cool to see that develop into something that can really aid my career and maybe set me aside from others a little bit.

I’ve been really lucky over the past few years to have found a few people who are as passionate about my project as I am, who have worked with me on the really fun stuff, the maybe not so fun stuff, projects with a higher budget and projects with absolutely no budget. These people are so rare to find, so I am really grateful to have found them this early on in my career and they’re some of my closest friends, which makes the work incredibly fun.

I’m super excited for this new era of my music. I love that electric guitar driven music is back in the mainstream, I’m definitely taking advantage of that and really enjoying the sass and attitude that comes with that slightly nostalgic feeling pop-rock/pop-punk vibe. I just released the official music video for the first single off the EP, ‘Brunette With Baggage’ and am very proud of how it turned out!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I recently did a girls trip in LA with some of my cousins and realized how unbelievable the food is. I knew it was good, but this trip was a game changer. Dudley Market in Venice is now one of my favourite spots, along with The Draycott, Anejo (best tacos I’ve had in LA) and Malibu Farm. Beach volleyball in Santa Monica on Saturdays is always a good time, and live music that showcases upcoming talent at venues like Madame Siam or Hotel Cafe are always a great way to spend Tuesday and Wednesday nights. There are countless hikes around LA, and one of my favourite ones is up in the hills in Encino where you have a view of the whole valley, DTLA, all the way round to the mountains and ocean. I also absolutely love taking visitors on little day trips/short getaways like Santa Barbara or Joshua Tree.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to Mia Doyon, one of my closest friends who is an awesome videographer/photographer/graphic designer, you name it. We’ve worked on almost all of my videos and artwork together and have made some pretty sick stuff since we first started working together in college.

Website: https://sophiagripari.com/index.html

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Image Credits
Isabelle Lee, Travis Senior, Stevie Chandamany, Olga Voyazides, Jonathan Morrison

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