In the space of less than a year, dance-pop duo, Sofi Tukker have gone from unknowns to Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit makers, but before that they built a devoted queer following. It’s a case of mutual admiration, they tell Cian Carroll in this month’s GCN.
On the back of just one EP, Soft Animals, 2017 was a meteoric year for dance-pop duo Sofi Tukker, with a Grammy nomination and the use of their song, ‘Best Friend’ by Apple to advertise the iPhone X turning it into a blockbuster smash.
But before they were adopted by the mainstream, the pair – Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern – were a hit with queer kids across America and Europe. “We really make it clear that we value being yourself, and expressing yourself however you want and celebrating that,” Tucker reasons for the gay following.
“That’s where we’re most happy and that’s what we want to create for the people who are with us. That’s something the queer community stands for and we admire that. Hopefully there’s some mutual admiration there.”
Sophie and Tucker are talking to me on the phone from a dressing room at the Jimmy Fallon Show, on which they’ll be appearing later to perform ‘Best Friend’. It’s a platform most performers can only dream of getting, and the pair are just getting to grips with it.
“I think we’ve taken last year in our stride, because for us we’re just on the road every day, doing shows, writing songs, doing what we love, so what’s happened doesn’t hit us really,” says Tucker. “Today’s one is pretty wild, though. It feels a little crazy.”
That said, Sophie didn’t quite take being in the presence of a pregnant Beyoncé at the Grammys this time last year in her stride either. “We were so wide-eyed,” she says. “It was like, ‘what are we dong here? This is awesome!’
You can check out the rest of this interview in this month’s issue of GCN.
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