Grammy-nominated artist, music producer, LGBTQIA+ icon, and revolutionizer of the avant-garde pop genre, Sophie Xeon, is dead.
In what can only be described as a “terrible accident”, the artist mononymously known as SOPHIE passed away early Saturday morning at her home in Athens, Greece Her family said in a statement that, “True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with us.”
SOPHIE produced for a myriad of artists from Madonna to Nicki Minaj to Charli XCX. She began her career in anonymity, keeping her personal life, and even appearance, extremely private. Even so, her skills as a producer and musician led to her being nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for Best Dance/ Electronic album. Her Grammy-nominated work was her debut album“Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides”.
Tributes for the artist have come flooding in, memorializing her beautiful and momentous life. Vince Staples, Rina Sawayama, Sam Smith, and Porter Robinson, are just a few of the names in music that voiced their pain at the loss of such a talented and wonderful human being.
As a trans woman, SOPHIE is also remembered for her representation and exploration of the LGBTQIA+ experience. In a 2018 interview with the online publication Paper, SOPHIE shared: “On this earth, it’s that you can get closer to how you feel your true essence is without the societal pressures of having to fulfill certain traditional roles based on gender. It means you’re not a mother or a father — you’re an individual who’s looking at the world and feeling the world. And it’s somehow more human and universal, I feel.”
SOPHIE is a muse who deconstructed binaries in music and gender, she did not confine herself to society’s boundaries. Her art and influence, has had, and will continue to have, an irrevocable impact on music and the world. In mourning the life and light lost this weekend, remember the words of SOPHIE herself: “It’s okay to cry.”