Dublin-born singer-songwriter Sophie Doyle Ryder is back with her new single ‘TOO MUCH‘.
Influenced by the likes of Ariana Grande, Anne Marie and Rihanna, the 18-year-old from Malahide is back with her empowering post-breakup track ‘TOO MUCH‘.
I chatted to Sophie about her new single, songwriting process and pre-show rituals.
How did you first get started in music? Was there one moment where you knew this was something you wanted to pursue?I feel like there’s always been something in the back of my head that knew music was always meant for me. My whole family loves music so it’s the norm for me, we all have a special connection with music. The moment I knew though, was when I was 13 and I wrote my first proper song called Love and Devotion. It wasn’t great but I thought it was class at the time of course. But finishing my first song and loving it, it was as if something was broken and then put back together better than it was before.
What inspired you to create ‘TOO MUCH’?
Too much is a song about being in a relationship and feeling like you’re giving more than they give. I was 15 and I thought I was in love with this guy (we’ve all been there). I wanted to portray the ‘end of the world’ feeling you get when you’re just a kid and you feel like this is it for you. It obviously isn’t !!!!
What’s your songwriting process like? What do you do to get into the ‘zone’?
I have a lot of different ways to write, sometimes I’m on the bus and it’s just something that comes to my head, sometimes I’m really trying to write. Most of the time I’m sitting at my piano writing ideas down and playing with chords and I guess it just kind of comes together.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as unique, empowering and relatable
Who would be your dream collaboration and why?
Ariana Grande by far!!! I love her and I’m obsessed with how hard she works and it would literally be a ‘pinch me’ moment!!
Your first headline show is at Whelan’s (Upstairs) next year. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
The day of a show I always wake up and have a smoothie, no bananas of course! They make me feel gross. Another thing I do is I always have a little shake dance before I go on, helps me relax.
Who would be your dream artist and/or band to support on tour?
Lennon Stella!! She’s so incredible live and she’s just so so cool.
What can fans expect from your live shows?
A lot of fun and maybe a bit of unreleased music!!
What would be the theme tune to your life?
Definitely Bad Girls by M.I.A
You can catch Sophie at her first headline show at Whelan’s (Upstairs) in Dublin on 6th March 2021.
Photo by Ray Keogh