The Grammy Nominated Duo You Haven’t Heard Of


Last week’s Grammy nominations revealed an exciting direction for music in 2017. Jostling against major name players like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Drake were a number of up-and-coming artists who stole surprise nods. Among the less known names in the hat were New York-based act Sofi Tukker, whose original song Drinkee is up for ‘Best Dance Recording.’ The duo is made up of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, and they’ve got their unusual knack of blending afro-inspired beats with infectious rhythms to thank for their debut nomination. Still in the early stages of their career, they’ve have just released their first-ever remix—a catchy party-starter called Pavement with fellow New York underground act, Stray Echo—that looks set to burn up the dance floor all the way into 2017. In the midst of the Grammy buzz, we caught up with Sofi Tukker for a quick-fire lowdown on their nomination and what it takes to build a modern dance legacy:

Congratulations on your Grammy nomination! How does it feel?

„It feels shocking, exciting, and overwhelming. Totally crazy.“

Where were you when you found out?

„We were on set for our next music video for our new song Johny. We were so giddy it was hard to be cool and dark in front of the camera! Sophie found out first and Tucker didn’t believe it. She walked over with this weird grin on her face and I knew something was up, but never in a million years would I have expected her to say that!“

How did you celebrate?

„We were going to leave the next morning, but instead we changed our plane tickets and stayed in the city an extra couple of days to celebrate. We threw a celebration party the next night in New York with a bunch of our friends and our team. There was so much love and support in the club, it felt amazing to share the joy with the people we love.“

What do you think of the other nominees?

„They’re all accomplished, hardworking acts that we are very honored to share this accolade with.“

How would you describe your music?

„We are so different from one another and our music lies in the kind of bizarre place that our two minds meet. It’s definitely made for dancing, but we have trouble with this question… We make what we want to hear and we’re not really sure where that fits in.“

How did you meet and when did you decide to make music together?

„We met at Brown, where we both went to university. Sophie was playing a bossa nova set and Tuck was djing at an art gallery. Tuck came early and heard one of Sophie’s songs and thought that it was beautiful, but too slow. He remixed the track on the spot and we’ve been working together ever since.“

Tell us about the new remix Pavement with Stray Echo?

„We heard Stray Echo’s original track and we loved that the vocal was so cool and raw. We thought we could make a version that would make people dance, but still retain the badassness it already has.“

Any other dream collaborations?

„Stromae and Jack White!“

What other projects do you have coming up?

„We’re working on finishing our album. We have a lot of new tracks that we are psyched about and can’t wait to start performing. We’re in the process of building out our live show and making the music come to life as much as we can, so it’s a really exciting time. We feel really lucky to be working on what we love every day!“


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