Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Brochu of Fauvely.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started writing music as a respite from working on a novel. I was going through a bout of rejection and feeling like a failure, so I made these crappy bedroom recordings when I needed a break. I think I was just a little depressed and songwriting helped me to express myself in a constructive way. It was really pure and simple.
I met my buddy Alex Burns, an engineer, at a show, and he encouraged me to record the songs in a studio. He helped me form a temporary band and we threw together the EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This, in a few sessions. And then I kept going. In retrospect, I wish I waited to record, but at the time, I didn’t really have any expectations, and I didn’t realize the momentum this project would take on. I feel like this is what I was always supposed to be doing all along, but my start came later.
Recently, Fauvely became a solidified group. Members includes Dale Price (Diagnol), Scott Cortez (Astrobrite), and Dave Piscotti. I’m so happy to have these guys. They’re immensely talented, creative, and supportive. Working with them consistently has made all the difference. The energy is so nice and collaborative. Actually, we just signed with Diversion Records and have a release scheduled for 2019.
Please tell us more about your music.
I rely heavily on intuition and write really emotional music. It’s very therapeutic and weird. I highly recommend turning your feelings into songs.
My latest release, Tides, is based on my hometown, Savannah. More specifically, it’s about my relationship to this place. I was missing the water, the humidity, my family. But there’s also a lot of darkness. In my last year there, I dealt with a lot of grief. These songs are about the complexity I feel for the place where I grew up, but from a distance, created both by literal distance and time. It’s hazy, dreamy, and distorted.
I hope for people to connect with it in some way, and I don’t know, feel less alone. Music is such a beautiful way to reach people. And it’s such a comfort for me.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
When I was growing up, I didn’t know any girls who played the guitar. It’s a different climate now, which is exciting to see, but I wish that I believed in myself from a younger age. It’s taken me a long time to get comfortable in my own skin and with my skill level. Be your own best advocate. You’re more capable than you think.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can snag a tape (with a download code) from Midwest Action. I keep an updated schedule of our shows at fauvelymusic.com. Come out and say hi, it seriously means the world to me. I’m so grateful for every kind word and every nice note.
- Website: fauvelymusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fauvelysophie/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fauvely
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/fauvelysophie
- Other: https://fauvely.bandcamp.com
Dan Jarvis, Kristin J. Thompson, Brian Lambert, Alex Simotes, Nick Stetina