SOPHIE GROBLER – „Can I get an apron“ + Exclusive Interview

Thank you very much for your time! Before we introduce your new release to our readers – what kind of drink would you recommend to zip on while they listen to your new music?

I am a slow drinker. All my friends make fun of me. A perfect drink while listening to our music would be an ice cold „Aperol Spritz“. With an orange and a straw. Out of glas. Looks good, tastes fantastic. And 30 minutes later: New ice!

Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

We just released our first single and music video „Can I get an apron“ of our upcoming EP „Woman“, which will appear in September.

The second single – also with a music video – will be released August 19th and from September on we will be touring! Yay!

We live in times of many conspiracy theories. Which, harmless, theory would you wish were true? (For example Dinos living inside Earth or E.T. living in a home in California)

I would really like to believe that climate change wasn’t real! I wonder how great it must feel, when you think your decisions and your behavior do not effect the planet. I would also sleep more calm not thinking about the shitty condition the earth will be in when I leave it to my son.

What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

I love love love when my clothes are sexy and chic. Always high heals. No exception. But at the same time – it has has has to be comfortable! It must be possible that I decide to eat pasta before the concert and still feel good about myself, not always thinking: „UUhhh I guess now it´s to tight!“ So yeah: sexyness with a good portion stretch!

Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?

I dedicated my new EP „Woman“ to all women. I wanted to talk about all the contradiction that I face, considering myself being a modern woman. I started by scrolling through insta. Seeing all the filtered pictures. Bigger lips, smaller waists, better skin. Everything better. But not real. But totally getting the struggle of trying to fit in that „insta box“.

Me – being a so called plus size woman – not seeing my body type as often as others. Postpartum mothers trying to get back in shape as quickly as possible.

I started to think about role cliches of the woman today. Totally shocked about the fact that there still are role cliches for us so called „feminist“ girls and that we are also the ones keeping them alive. And the idea that every one of us is sitting at home, uploading a picture and then feeling shitty about ourselves not meeting the standard in the social media world made me sick. And I thought: Girls, why are we doing that to each other? I am not asking men, or insta, I ask you and you and myself! Cause I noticed: it is not as easy as it seems to get rid of these „optimizer“. But we have to start talking about it. Reassuring each other. Connecting each other. Learning from another. Understanding each other. In all our contradictions and differences. With love and courage.

These are the key elements of my new EP „Woman“.

Beside music, do you have any special talents?

I consider myself being really good with people. I always try to strive for the solution, community and making myself and others see the good. Besides that I think of my self as a real good car driver. My boyfriend disagrees.

Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

1.) I am very sincere about the messages of the new EP cause they are so dear to my heart.

2.) I love to get my audience involved in our concerts. Singing, dancing, sometimes rapping. You never know! Come to a show to find out!

3.) Since I am a trained jazz singer – who now sings pop songs – it happens a lot that when on stage I change notes, songs, grooves or melodies.

4.) I can get really emotional when I sing. To avoid the nervous breakdown live on stage in my mind I go through my grocery shopping list.

5.) I am in love with music. With notes, vibes, lyrics, grooves and chords. There always were and will always be my lifeblood.

How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??

I started music when I was 5 years old. First with music theory, flute and guitar. Later piano. My last instrument was voice. But from the beginning on it was always the same fascination for music, sounds, chords and melodies. When my choir teacher discovered my talent I was 12 years old. From that on I was professionally trained until I went to College to study jazz voice in Boston/USA. So on paper I have a „Jazz Voice Diploma“. But I guess I learned most from listening to other singers. When I first listened to Aretha Franklin I started crying right away. Not because it was a sad song, but because her voice sounded like she knew how I was feeling.

A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls

In an ideal setting: How does a listener feel and what does a listener do after listing to your new music?

I would love to know that there is joy. That there is hope and there is strength. That there is acceptance – for themselves and for others. I really like the idea that music has the power to create understanding for each other on a deep level. I would love to know that people get close to each other and feel empowered to speak about their struggles and contradictions. With love and courage. And maybe with an ice cold „Aperol Spritz“.

Instagram: @sophie.grobler

Foto Credits: Sandra Ludewig