Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Published September 27th 2018
Adelaide DJ, songwriter, and vocalist Sofie Georgina Bozzetti aka Lemendt is back with the fresh electronic pop beats that will be adding to your Summer playlist in no time!
Starting off in the music scene 7 years ago, the 22-year-old has just released her latest singleDays, which has been a big hit and is gaining traction for her soulful lyrics embedded within the catchy tunes.
"People are so concerned with living a conventional life that they forget to take time to enjoy their youth. This track is written from my perspective, but, if you ask me, youth is based on mindset rather than an age. Do what makes you happy, not what society tells you to do. - Lemendt
Having collaborated with Adelaide-based music production company Milk and Honey, along with IVY Entertainment, it is no surprise that Lemendt has become a popular name within the Adelaide music industry.
Having only been recently introduced to her work and falling in love with her style of music, I was fortunate enough to score an interview with the freshly nominated artist for the 2018 SAM Music Award for Most Popular Electronic Artist, with thanks to Oh Hello PR for the opportunity - have a read of our exchange below:
Tema: In a nutshell, who is Lemendt? Sofie aka "Lemendt" is a singer, songwriter, DJ, and a producer. I'm a 22 year old Adelaidian, who has been in the music scene for the last 7 years and have recently broken into the electronic pop scene in the last 12 months. It's such a fun scene to be a part of! As they say, "with every passion, comes pressure" and that is exactly what I'm finding through my journey in the music scene here in Adelaide. I'd say I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to get things right. I'll have thoughts in the middle of the night about what kind of beats I'd like, or what lyrics I'd encapsulate into a new song and the inspiration flows from there!
Tema: What made you choose the name Lemendt? Sofie: Pronounced with a similar intonation to "lament", I chose the name Lemendt because it represents the kind of music I tend to write. While the word "lament" can be associated with a sad melody, my work tends to be written about deep thoughts that have a myriad of meanings that my listeners can interpret in many different and unique ways! It's such a rewarding experience to be connected to your emotions and to be able to incorporate that into original music is an oddly satisfying feeling!
Tema: Are you originally from Adelaide? Sofie: I grew up in Murray Bridge, which is a small country town not too far away from Adelaide. I moved here to the city centre when I was 17 for pursuing my university studies. I undertook my studies in the Bachelor of Psychology, with a double major in English at Adelaide University. While Adelaide may be seen as a drastic change from my home, it still feels like a small town, where everyone is connected and knows each other rather well.
Tema: What inspired you to come up with the lyrics to your latest single Days? Sofie: Days is a song whose lyrics came to me quite naturally. You know when you write something and it seems to emotionally pour out of you like a waterfall? That's pretty much the process of how I came up with this song! The words were a reflection of what I was observing in my friends who were still at uni and my family - people who were struggling with the concept of the society constraints and pursuing things that they thought would help them fit into the society better, without really accounting for their own happiness. As a young musician, I felt like I was in a really good space. However, I have been through my fair share of instability whilst adhering to the society's standards. I've had pretty bad anxiety all my life and it is an illness that based me on listening to what other people said and how that affected me as a person at a time. I wasn't happy and this made me want to take a step back for a minute. It made me ponder, "Do you want to be doing what you're doing or what the society is telling you to do?". I strongly believe that no one is ever too old to discover themselves. So, that's how I came up with the song Days, which is about regaining control of your life and your happiness.
Tema: What makes your creative juices flowing, when it comes to creating your music? Sofie: The ideal way of getting into the zone to create my music is by being all by myself in my small apartment, which is decked out with all my music equipment! It is my opportunity to sit down and think clearly about the emotions I feel in the moment. I get a lot of inspiration from the quietness that surrounds me, because it heightens my ability to focus on the real feelings. I try to listen to what I'm feeling, which is then replicated in my songs. So, if I'm happy, I get an upbeat tune going, and if I'm sad, then there's a darker, vulnerable, and raw undertone to my song. I'm not an artist that can put on a fake persona and just focus on one emotion solely - it has to reflect when things are going well and when things are not so perfect.
Tema: What form of music-based events are you involved with? Sofie: While I initially started off by doing more of the acoustic numbers in my early years, I am now trying to focus on bringing some electronic pop into the mix and also really put in more effort into the production process of the song. I'm also focusing on doing a lot of DJ work and currently have a residency at Musque Food & Wine in the gorgeous Barossa Valley region! It's a 5 star food and wine bar and I'm a bit of a foodie, so it's bringing the best of both worlds together! I've also worked as part of the Futuresounds Festival, Sidechain, with Patrick Lang, who has been a major influence in helping me shape my musical career, particularly in the electronic pop scene. I was so fortunate to be given the chance to headline Sidechain, which is easily the highlight of my involvement in the music industry thus far! In addition to that, I also regularly perform as part of runway shows with Ellery Events, through their Creative Lifestyle Design Markets.
Tema: What is it about the Adelaide music scene that you appreciate? Sofie: I love how tight-knit and close the music community in Adelaide is! Musicians here are so friendly and tend to have each other's backs. It's nice to be able to approach someone and strike up a conversation about their journey in the music industry so far. A lot of them are songwriters, so it's a way of finding some support and inspiration to pursue what you love doing! The best thing about being in a small music scene is how much people want to support you and give you all the positivity to keep going and keep making music!
Tema: What have you found to be one of the most significant challenges of breaking into the music scene? Sofie: I think I've found the transition of going from acoustic to electronic pop has been a big learning experience. Given how I'm constantly changing and evolving my musical styles and am trying to break into the electronic pop scene, I found that having connections like Ellery Events and Patrick Lang, in addition to exposure on fresh 92.7 have all been fantastic in facing this uphill battle of being 'the new artist' in the electronic pop scene.
Tema: What are some notable music influences that have helped you shape your own unique sense of songwriting? Sofie: I have a wide taste in music, so I'd say DubFx and Jack River. There's also Dom Dolla for heavier electronic music. Going through an indie phase as well, I highly look up to artists like Angus & Julia store, Halsey, and Billie Eilish.
Tema: What are some future plans for your professional music career that you are looking forward to? Sofie: I'm really looking forward to what 2019 will have in store for me! I can sense that it's going to be a very big year, with heaps of opportunities popping up. I also hope that people will come along and support me, as I release new material and perhaps even have an EP in the making (over the next 12 months)! I've had around 4 singles out at this point, which is equivalent to an EP, so I'm hoping to put 4 more tracks through the production process and have that sorted soon!
Tema: Who is a musical genius, with whom you'd like to collaborate one day? Sofie: There are two notable musical geniuses that I'd like to point out: Fisher - Every single song by Fisher has been a hit song. Being relatively new, it would be awesome to work with someone like him. The bass lines in their songs always do it for me. Another is Camelphat! Camelphat has put a modern take on house music, which I absolutely love! My favourite tune by them would have to be Cola I love the minimalist approach and structure to it and it reminds me of artists like Rufus.
Connect with Lemendt through her social media platforms: Lemendt