She sings in English, German and French. Sophie Hunger has an amazing background as she was raised between homes in Switzerland, Germany and the UK. Sophie said: “I can definitely call all of these countries my home equally and I always miss something from another country when I am not there.”
Sophie Hunger – a Swiss songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with a unique music style and exceptional personality is due to release a new album.
Sophie said: “The recession had a big influence on this album so it will definitely be different.”
Here is a little bit of background about the artist. The release of The Danger of Light follows a characteristically prolific 2012 for Sophie. In spring she produced and staged a one-man show entitled “Bob Dylan – Be Part of My Dream” in Paris, a run which was reprised last summer at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Sophie also contributed to Cornelia Rainer’s play ‘Jacob Michael Reinhold Lenz’ at the Salzburger Festival. Amidst these commitments, Sophie recorded the new album (her third studio release) in sessions between Europe and America, with an eclectic roll call of contributors including Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes) and Steven Nistor (Danger Mouse). With Adam Samuels (Warpaint, John Frusciante) at the production helm, The Danger of Light further evidences the precocity which Sophie has hitherto made her creative blueprint.
Sophie recorded her first album ‘Sketches By The Sea’ in her own front room, and went on to sell several thousand copies through word of mouth alone. Her subsequent studio release ‘Monday’s Ghost’ and ‘1983’ both went to number one in the Swiss album charts. In 2012 Hunger appeared on the John Peel Glastonbury Stage, which in no mean feat saw her become the first Swiss artist to ever play the festival. Hunger is also a keen political commentator, and has long contributed critically acclaimed columns to the German newspaper Die Zeit.
The new album is very promising as Sophie shared one of her singles “likelikelike” with UK fans in November and, as she said: “The response had been great. Have you seen the video? It was fun.”
You may have seen a video of this song already, which can be found on Sophie’s official website. The video shows Sophie kicking off the ball in Paris wearing high-heels. The overall mood of the video is just fantastic; it proves how charming the artist is. Check it out if you haven’t already.
When asked who inspires her, Sophie said: “Everybody around me, people on the streets, people I love, people I hate – everybody.”
She had performed in London in November last year, but is coming over to meet her fans again this year.
Sophie said: “I am planning to come back to the UK again in April this year. I can’t tell you the exact date.”
There are many upcoming shows in 2013 (list can be found on her official website) and Sophie said: “I love such an intense lifestyle. I feel bad otherwise.”
As it is said, find your dream job and you will never need to work in the future – it will be like a holiday every day.
By Monika Petrauskaite