Childhood Sweetheart – Interview
Interview with Sophie Osman of Childhood Sweetheart and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SO: I’m definitely the kind of artist who doesn’t take myself too seriously. I love to create and perform music that everyone can relate to, but in a goofy, tongue-in-cheek kind of way. A lot of what I create comes from a place of disappointment through the lens of humour.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SO: I’m Sophie, a half-Sudanese, half-English singer songwriter who grew up with professional musician parents in Manchester. You can often find me inside my house with my cats writing music or just singing along to cheesy 80s pop.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SO: My musical influences are bands like Paramore, Garbage, Bloc Party & The 1975. My non musical influences are poet Maya Angelou,
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SO: Honestly, to be a successful musician. It’s the one thing I’ve been massively passionate about since I was a kid so it’s my ultimate goal to make it a full-time thing.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SO: The writing is a combination of band producer & multi-instrumentalist Ben and I. We write quite angsty but humourous tunes about love and relationships from the perspective of someone like myself who has to see the funny side of everything.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SO: Social media! That’s where everyone is nowadays so it really pays off to focus on promoting on the internet. That and persuading our friends and family to take an evening off to come and see us.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SO: If we’re talking illegally downloading, it’s a bit of a touchy subject. A lot of artists (especially currently) make most of their income from streaming and people buying their music online, but a lot of consumers can’t always afford to pay for content from their favourite musicians. I think if you do have the means to spend money on your favourite creators then definitely do, but if you don’t, try to support them in other ways like sharing on social media or streaming on free sites like Spotify.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SO: Love It If We Made It by The 1975! It’s such a gritty and honest song looking into the current state of politics and society. It immediately became one of my favourite songs when it came out because it’s so witty but so brutal, and I wish I had the ability to write lyrics the way Matty Healy does.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SO: Immaturity is my number one pet peeve! And little things like people wearing shoes inside the house or not cleaning up after themselves really boil my piss.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SO: Definitely almost selling out our first ever headline gig. That was such a shining moment for us because we’d grafted so hard to get to that point that having validation in that kind of form just made us even more motivated to pursue our passions.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SO: We’ve been working on a LOT of new music over lockdown while we haven’t been able to rehearse or perform. We have loads up our sleeve that we can’t wait to release in the very very near future!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SO: Our debut single Honey will be out on all streaming platforms as of September 4th, and the music video will be up on YouTube shortly after (as well as a cheeky acoustic video that’s already up). We have plenty more where that came from in the pipeline.
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