Brother of Late Pioneering Musician SOPHIE Discusses Plans for New Music

Saturday June 5, 2021
Originally published on June 5, 2021

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The brother of late pioneering musician SOPHIE is opening up about plans to release new music from the visionary producer, who died at 34 in January after a a tragic fall off a balcony in Athens, Greece.

SOPHIE has only released one full-length album, the Grammy nominated "Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides," as well as compilation album called "Product" and many singles. But Ben Long, SOPHIE's brother, spoke with Billboard this week to reveal that "there is a lot of music in the vaults," adding that "there are literally hundreds of tracks." That might not come as a surprise to fans of the producer — who has made music with Charli XCX, Madonna, Vince Staples and many more —as it was common for her unreleased tunes to leak online.

Billboard notes the unreleased music ranges from "rough sketches to nearly completed songs that were in the mixing stage at the time of the producer's death."

"Which of those songs will see the light of day is an ongoing discussion between SOPHIE's family — Long, his two sisters and their parents — and SOPHIE's labels, Australia's Future Classic and the United Kingdom's Transgressive Records. (Both declined to comment.) Long notes that the decision regarding what to release ultimately rests with the family," Billboard adds.

Nevertheless Long said he will be part of the process of releasing SOPHIE's music as he's been involved with her career for years having first served as a tour manager and live engineer. He later worked as a mixing engineer on her projects, including her 2018 debut. Billboard describes him as "a key member of the producer's inner circle."

"I don't know what anyone else could do, really, because they don't have access to it," he told Billboard, adding that a new album is nearly complete.

"The idea SOPHIE and I discussed many times was to do one abstract experimental album and then a pop record — this was going to be the pop one — and to keep going on that cycle for years," Long added. "I don't want to be like, 'We're going to put everything out,' because sometimes SOPHIE didn't want it to or it wasn't finished. But it was quite clear with a lot of songs, just from the fact that we had been working on them and mixing the album, that I know the direction a lot of things were supposed to be going."

He went on to say that releasing music that she producer for other artists might be more difficult. He didn't have an update about the music SOPHIE worked on for Lady Gaga's "Chromatica" album, which didn't make the final cut. But producer BloodPop, the main collaborator on the LP, contracted Long to express condenses over her death.

"There are a lot of people out there who SOPHIE really trusted and who knew SOPHIE's vision. I feel like it's not just on me," he said about others working on the release of posthumous music.

SOPHIE's family plans to release "as much of the music as makes sense, but it's too soon to detail specific plans," Billboard writes.

"There are many, many discussions to be had," Long added. "The most important thing for us is doing right by SOPHIE — putting stuff out that SOPHIE was happy with and would want to be out."