Sophie Dorsten on her stunning new single and hopes for what ‘Tomorrow’ may bring

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

18 year old singer-songwriter Sophie Dorsten has been performing around the Phoenix area and beyond since she was just 9 years old, turning heads with her uniquely stunning voice that is powerful beyond her years. Once she turned 13, she began releasing singles and has since worked with top producers to release her new single ‘Tomorrow’, which features vulnerable lyrics exploring the uncertain and exciting times that await beyond her recent graduation.

With a clear drive and passion for music, Sophie has built her career from the ground up, letting nothing get in the way of pursing her dream. To find out more about her journey and hopes for the future, I sat down with Sophie to chat all things music, writing and more which you can read all about below.

Let’s start at the beginning, I’d love to learn more about you and your musical journey. What inspired you to start making music and who have been your biggest influences?

My name is Sophie and I’m an 18 year old from Phoenix, Arizona. I have been performing around the valley here since I was 9. In the beginning I was in a band with my brothers called “Sophie and the Boyz” in which I sang and played bass guitar. After several years the band broke up and I picked up the acoustic guitar and taught myself as I started writing songs. Some of my biggest influences back then were Adele, James Bay, and Vance Joy.

Your new single ‘Tomorrow’ is absolutely stunning, what inspired you to write the track and what was the recording process like for you?

I wrote my single “Tomorrow” at the beginning of my senior year when I realised that I would be graduating soon and was overwhelmed at what would happen after high school. It was released in May of 2020 and seems to be relevant in a different way right now with the unknown of what tomorrow brings in this crazy time. I went to Nashville to record it with Jordan Lake at Sound Kitchen Studios – it was an awesome experience. My older brother recorded electric guitar on it with me. I walked in to the studio and my producer had it all planned out with the other musicians; we recorded it in a couple of takes. I’ve recorded several EPs and singles since I was 13 and this one song was the coolest experience so far.

Many songwriters have a specific set up/mindset that they like to be in in order to be their best creative self. When do you find that inspiration for a track comes to you and do you have a special place or mood that you prefer to be in while writing?

I prefer to write alone and imagine myself in a beautiful place; I need calmness to be in the right mindset.

What is your favourite song to cover and why?

My favourite cover to sing is “Fireworks” by First Aid Kit. I love the dynamics of it; I tend to make covers a little bit of my own when I perform them.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?

I would love to collaborate with Billie Eilish because I like her songwriting and the meanings behind her songs.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects that you’ve been working on recently?

Currently I’m working on a music video for my song “Tomorrow.” My original plans for the video were changed with Covid-19 so I am creating it myself now. I am also writing several songs right now and hope to record them soon.

What is your ultimate goal for your music career within the next 10 years?

My career goal is to go all the way with my music; whatever that may mean these days. I would love to share my songs with the world.

Do you have any recommendations for other up-and-coming artists that you think we should all be listening to?

A local band I enjoy and would recommend checking out is Jane N The Jungle.

You can listen to Sophie’s beautiful new single ‘Tomorrow’ on Spotify below as well as her many previously released tracks that date back to 2016. Make sure to follow her on social media to be the first to be notified when her music video is released and to stay in the loop with upcoming projects, I’m sure this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from Sophie!





1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Music was always a part of my life from as long as I can remember. I grew up in Wolverhampton with a single mother and listening to music and dancing was a big part of our household. Then at around 6 I moved in with my grandparents and it was a huge part of that household too. My grandfather had a terrific voice. He would be singing more often than not singing and I just adored him for it. It became a big part of my physical expression as a child to go about my day singing my face off. Both pre-existing songs and stuff I made up in the moment.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Musically, as a child Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music and David Bowie played a big part in inspiring me to express myself through music, as well as my grandfather. Japan and the voice of David Sylvian. I discovered Can very young somehow. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nick Cave are a constant. Kate Bush of course. The honesty and warmth with which Patti Smith writes poetry and the rawness with which she performs has been an ongoing inspiration. Nina Simone, Scott Walker, Bulgarian Womens choir excited me vocally. The recordings of Chess Records and Northern Soul was a big presence too. As well as what was on the radio at the time, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran etc.
Yes, I think maybe it has a very strong impact on what I do. It’s part of my musical DNA. Maybe more so than the transient influences and Inspirations that I pick up along the way.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
With a view to it going out into the world, almost 20 years. As a child I would write all the time too. Simple expressions of my feelings about some event in my home with abstract beats and sounds from a Bontempi organ that I didn’t know how to play.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
August 03 – Cardiff – The Globe –
August 04 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds –
August 05 – London – The Lexington –
August 06 – Manchester – Factory –
August 07 – Glasgow – King Tuts –
August 09 – Bristol – The Louisiana –
August 10 – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms –
August 11 – Brighton – Green Door Store –
[with Special Guest – She Makes War at all dates:]
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5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
When CD’s become obsolete.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online? 

Its also a good idea to join the mailing list on my website for regular updates whenever something is happening.


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Most of our parents are musicians or work in theatre, so we were introduced to music at an early age, and actually made to learn to play, or actually forced to play!  We wanted to play football, not lear cello, but it wasn’t long until we thanked our parents for their efforts.  Making the band was really just because we wanted to have some fun with our friends, and we took the instruments we could play and made that happen. That feeling of having a good time with friends is still what drives us.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
We heard a lot of The Beatles at an early age, which we are again thankful for, and they have always inspired us and set a level of what great is. When we first found our own music it was rap, and Dr Dre’s ‘2001’ took us in a new direction, and still influences us today.  We get inspiration from everywhere, our friends love-lives and local Bergen rumours are normally the basis for our songs, and musically we listen to all sorts and find things we like and influence our approach to that particular song.  For KMF we’d been listening to a lot of 80’s classics, like Bruce Springsteen and The Cure, which many people have picked up on.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We made the band in 2004, we were aged between 15-18 and have been writing since then, 12 years!  We think it’s clear to hear the development we have made, and still continue to make.  They say it takes 15 years to become an overnight success, and we can totally get that.
4 – You guys play live a lot, how many show have you done so far? (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? (LDN) 
Wow, I think everyone has stopped counting, but we’ve done thousands of shows. Or at least a thousand 🙂 We started off all over Norway, then Germany and now we go down to Mexico and South America a lot.  We still love to play live and there are new places left to visit.  We are really looking forward to exploring the UK, and that starts on the 31st of May with our first London show in 6 years.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Well I think a big moment for us was our first show outside of Norway, at Germany’s Melt Festival.  We had no idea how people would react outside our country and when they went crazy and got into it even more than in Norway we were shocked and relieved.  That was probably the moment when we realised we could take this further than we first thought possible, and that feeling has just grown ever since.  We got really really drunk later that night.

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I can recall mum putting on her Elton John albums (the good ones) and jumping around the living room in a state of ecstasy as a toddler.

Cath and I later were given an organ by our grandmother, a high tech one at the time that allowed for beats, arpegiator and top line so the song writing started in primary school.

We have been inspired by many a theatrical artist with a story to tell; David Bowie, Kate Bush, Divine Comedy, Camera Obscura to name a few. In Perth we very much into the indie scene there, going to see all the underground bands . The UK seemed like a far away magical hub of musical activity.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We listened to a range of good music, with our uncle in London providing some education as a professional DJ. Although it might sound a bit cliched – when I first discovered mum’s Beatles records I was blown away by the melody,  arrangements and lyrical content. We try to make our songs pleasant to listen to with interesting stories too.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since we were kids. We used to put on shows for the neighbours. Then we found some new neighbours.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We play several times a month.

Upcoming gigs include the showcases for our new EP ‘High Time’

8th September 2015 – The Troubadour – London —

13th September 2015 – Wanstead Park Festival at the lovely Wanstead Park, London

30th September 2015 – The Troubadour- London

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Blur’s final gig ever in Hyde Park was a highlight because we weren’t able to catch them live the first time round. But then they kept coming back, hah!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Head to and explore all the pages and links.

Be sure to sign up to the newsletter on the website to collect your free tune!

Thanks for interviewing us.


Adam Protz


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I think it was around the age of fifteen. Music became more of a passion to me when I started listening to rock music. Tragically it was bands like Linkin Park and their angsty music which made a deeper connection with me! That might surprise people, considering how mellow the stuff I write now is.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? According to my parents, I used to stick on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony myself and make my toys play along dramatically when I was about five years old. I think that definitely stayed with me. Then like I said, I got massively in to rock music in my teens. This probably explains why I’m now so passionate about writing music for piano but with a modern edge.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I think I’ve been playing one instrument or another since I was about eight!

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’m talking to a few people about arranging some special shows! Make sure you check my website and Facebook for news on that!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably finishing my EP recently to be honest! It was on a shoestring budget and as me and my producer were also working fulltime it was a real labour of love to get it out there!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online? That would definitely be my website: and my Facebook: There’s also almost too much awesome stuff on my Youtube channel: I’d also love to connect with you on Twitter! I’m @AdmProtz, don’t be shy!

Lydia Kakabadse


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I started learning the piano at the age of 5 and the double bass at 13 and played in the school chamber group, orchestra, sung in the choir and madrigals.  I played the double bass in numerous orchestras in Manchester and Cheshire (including the Cheshire Youth Orchestra) whilst still at school.    I was – and still am – inspired by mediaeval music, Middle Eastern Music, nineteenth century poets/composers and mysteries

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Eighteenth and nineteenth century classical composers, which did impact my earlier works rather than current works.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

I have been playing the piano since I was 5 and the double bass since I was 13; composing since I was 13.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I don’t play live, but my music has been performed at Ely Cathedral (2005/6), St John’s Smith Square London (2008); Norwich Cathedral (2009); Grosvenor House London (2012); The Forum Norwich (2013); The Chapel of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge (2014)

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Listening to my choral work “Cantica Sacra” being premiered in Feb 2014 by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?



1 . When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Tom- I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car in the booster seat listening to nirvana my favourite was slither, I think I was about 3 he also had pearl jam on cassette I loved the track deep but who doesn’t !

Wayne- I have been into music since I can remember, my family always had music playing around the house.

James – I first got into music when I was 10 and found out about qotsa and foo fighters through my parents, but at the time i was mostly into foo fighters

2. Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Tom- I grew up listening to everything my pedants and my aunt and uncle were all mods so there was a lot of Northern soul and mod bands got to say Steve Marriott was the most underrated singer/guitarist of all time if I could bring anyone back from the dead to jam with it would be him !

Wayne -I listened to a broad variety of music growing up, all of which inspires me in what I do now.

James – Growing up i listened to a lot of foo fighters, then started to branch out intoqotsa territory, and looked out for more artists through that. I think its had an impact on how I play.

3 . How long have you been playing/writing?

We have all been playing since our teens but didn’t start writing till last May those are the first songs we wrote the songs on the EP I mean

4 . How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We have been on a bit of a break we have a new drummer now Wayne so we will be back giging on the 14th of August at the islington academy 2 but keep your eyes peeled for more shows.

5.  What has been your favourite moment in music?

Tom- soundgarden reunion I have seen them 5 times since! And the new album is incredible. And seeing pearl jam for the first time at reading 2006 still the show that changed my life and impossible to top!

Wayne- sonisphere festival with my parents was pretty awesome but it has to be foo fighters at the Milton Keynes bowl.

James – My favourite moment has been meeting one of my heroes Duke Garwood.

6. Where is the best place to find you online?

Probably Facebook but we also have twitter


Lauren Rich

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1. When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I first got into singing when I was 4 when I won a “Kids From Fame” competition at nursery (showing my age)!  My first influence is Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty – he’s one of the cleverest lyricists I’ve heard and it pushes me as a songwriter not to be so cliche. My other influence is Nerina Pallot because she’s an exceptionally talented female singer/songwriter who is not incredibly famous but still “does her thing” and does it successfully.  When I saw her live for the first time that’s when I decided I wanted to do that!


2. Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up listening to eighties music but was introduced to sixties and seventies by my parents.  I fell in love with The Beatles.  The only way it impacts on my music is that I am totally obsessed with harmonies.  I’m always harmonising to music I hear on the radio and always think, the more harmonies the better!


3. How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been songwriting since I was 12 when I had a holiday romance (in my head) and was devastated that I had to come home. That’s when I wrote my first song entitled “I Miss You Now”.  I’ve been performing my own songs for about 10 years on and off; solo, in a duo and also now with my amazing band.


4. How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I try to perform as often as I can, especially around London, to get my songs heard by more and more people.  My next gig (which is an important one) is my EP launch party on Wednesday 1st October 2014 – more details here


5. What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment HAS to be when I was interviewed by Gaby Roslin at BBC London.  It was my first proper radio interview / performance and she said my singing was beautiful.  That was a mega boost for me.


6. Where is the best place to find you online?I’m everywhere but if you go straight to my website – – you will find all of my social media links AND the ability to join my mailing list, which would be lovely if people signed up to it.



Jessie Lowes

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Jess: When I was 5 I got a keyboard for Christmas and I would play along to my Mum and Dads Vinyl collection. That is my first memory of getting into music.
Inspiration wise my Mum would listen to all the 60s greats some to mention of her favorites are Joan Baez, Tina Turner, Melissa Etheride, KD Lang and she also loved all things musical her all time favorite was The Sound Of Music. My Dad on the other hand was into his heavy metal and rock. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Floyd. I would listen to all the music and sing to everything which is why I love all music from Rock to pop.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Jess: I listened to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Maddona, Take That, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Garbage and Roxette. I think it has helped me develop as a singer / Songwriter as I like to incorporate different styles into my music. I even listened to Operatic music a lot of the time as it depended on my mood so I learned what styles work best together.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Jess:I have been playing now for twenty years in different bands and solo. I started writing properly when I was 12. I would write poems which became my lyrics and would structure music around them.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

Jess: At the moment a lot 🙂 I have about 12 gigs this month and when I release my album shortly I will be looking to do a full tour. I would love to do a European tour followed by an international tour.

1st Aug – Melville Bar – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2nd Aug – Crawcrook Fair and after show party
3rd Aug – Widdrington Inn
6th Aug – Melville Bar – Edinburgh Festival
5th Aug – Alnwick Festival
8th Aug – The Eagle Inn – Salford
12 Aug – The Earl Of Marchmont – Edinburgh Festival
22nd Aug – The Lord Clyde – Byker
24th Aug – The Highfield – Bradford
26th Sept – The Wavendon – Sunderland

5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?

Jess: My favorite moment is getting on stage every time I do a gig. I live for that moment and enjoy performing.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you?

S. The reason why I started to play the guitar is Prince. He was my greatest inspiration when I was a kid and I still consider him one of the greatest artists of our era, definitely the best in pop music. Then I eventually started to listen to heavier music, mostly US Rock and Nu Metal. I particularly loved the quality of those productions, and that’s when I started to be passionate about music production and sound engineering as well. I now enjoy all genres of music, as long as the melody and the rhythm is

Law. Music has always been part of my life since childhood. My dad used to listen to a lot of Deep Purple
and Led Zeppelin, but to be honest I cannot really remember the exact moment when I got into music. I can
tell you I was always fascinated with drums, they are a tool to make a lot of noise… as a kid that’s priceless!

C. Can’t remember who exactly inspired me but I do recall being able to sing “Don’t cry for me Argentina” word forword before I could speak if that counts!

Lux: My dad got me into the music, he is a jazz drummer and my house was cluttered with all sorts of
musical instruments! I just really like to play music with any instrument. It transports me
into another dimension.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

S. Once again, I grew up listening to Prince, who I believe is still a great inspiration, especially for his eclecticism. The wave of US rock and Nu Metal inspired my guitar playing and my guitar sound too, even tho I always try to keep a personal approach to it.

Law. If I had to pick somebody from whom I have drawn inspiration, that would probably be Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. When I saw him play the drums I was blown away!

C. I grew up listening to a lot of Queen, A lot of musical theatre and good old Kerrang TV! Evanescence and Bullet for My Valentine also influenced me as an artist but the musical theatre side definitely had a major impact on my voice.

Lux: I have way too many influences; from Kiss to Led Zeppelin and again Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I guess we are just scratching the surface here!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

S. I’ve been playing the guitar for 15 years and started to write music when I was 17.

Law. I have been harassing my neighbourhood for 14 years now.

C. I’ve been vocal training since I was four.

Lux: I started playing clarinet in a classic orchestra when I was 11. By the age of 16 I swapped it
with my first guitar, then drums and eventually settled on Bass.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

S. Ever since Lux (the bassist) joined the band we started to be more active.We play live on a regular basis and you can stay updated checking out our official website:

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

S. The release of ‘TWIF, P1’ is definitely one of my favourite moment in music. We worked very hard on that and we are very proud of the unique sound we achieved.

Law. When one of our fans thanked us for making music… that’s just fantastic, I can’t even describe with words what I felt!

C. Every moment I’m able to perform is my favourite moment.

Lux: When i released my first album. That was with my first ever band and I was so proud to have written an album with 13 punk rock tracks.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

S. We are very active on all the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter) but we always invite our fans to check out our official website too, in which they can also find our official store.