Sophia is 12 years old, from Dubai. Her song ‘Anxiety’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category. Congratulations! Here’s a bit about Sophia and her songwriting.
What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song: I wrote the song as a way to express how I was feeling about becoming a teenager and how outside influences can impact how you feel about yourself. Writing is a great way to tell a story, without the listener really knowing if it is something you have personally experienced or not.
How long have you been writing songs? 6 months
How did you get into songwriting? If I ever feel pressured, anxious or even upset, I feel relieved that I can just let my feelings out in the form of a song.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? Songwriting allows you to explore deep feelings and emotions. You can literally grab a notepad and write down what you are experiencing or thinking at that moment.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? In all honesty, completing it. I’m not saying the entire process is not enjoyable. I find it rewarding to have the final product complete and be able to listen to it.
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? The lyrics can be stressful if you’re not feeling particularly inspired at the time.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? I start with lyrics before I begin the song. I grab a notebook and write down anything I am feeling at the time and once the songwriting process is finished, I start with the melodies.
What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition? ? I like the Young Songwriter competition, as it gives young people a platform to showcase their work and show their potential to people who know the industry
Who are your three favourite artists/songs? Billie Eilish: ilomilo, Clairo: Bubblegum, Khalid: Lovely
10 years from now you will be… Writing songs for top artists as well as myself. My dream would be to write and perform at Music Midtown or Coachella. I love the idea of having my songs heard at huge music festivals.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? I enjoy photography and playing piano when I’m not writing songs.
The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard
The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.