Collaborator with artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, or Charli XCX, she dies in a sudden accident at the age of 34 and leaves her fans heartbroken.
The singer, producer, and Dj Sophie Xeon (Glasgow, 1986), also known as SOPHIE with capital letters, has died at the age of 34, as her team has confirmed to MixMag magazine and her friends have collected on social networks. «I have to inform you with deep sadness that the artist and producer SOPHIE passed away this morning around four in the morning in Athens, where she lived, after suffering a sudden accident. At this time the respect and privacy of the family is our priority. We also ask for respect for his fans and that the news be treated with sensitivity, "says the statement issued by his team.
The artist, who had remained in a discreet background until a couple of years ago despite her successful collaborations with Madonna (Bitch, I'm Madonna), Lady Gaga (on Chromatica album), or Charli XCX, launched her career in solitary in 2018 with a speech marked by transgender activism and he put critics and the public in his pocket - much was said about his performance at Sónar - with singles such as Ponyboy or Faceshopping.
A year before that, as Begoña Gómez Urzaiz recounted in this interview, she had decided to present herself to the world as what she was, a transsexual woman and an aspiring pop star who achieved the approval of the critics with her first work.
Before her solo performance, Sophie had hidden her figure on a few occasions, letting a Dj perform on stage while she did the real work behind it. "I just wanted to show my face, there was not a conscious and structured moment [in which I made the decision]", he told this magazine in 2019, when he starred in a photoshoot and a report after capturing all eyes in the spring parade- Summer 2020 of Louis Vuitton in Paris, where a video starring her was shown.
Born in Glasgow (Scotland), she started playing music when she was only eight years old. Then came some wedding jobs until her prolific musical career as a producer, Dj, and singer was forged. Although the first years he preferred to be in the shadows, he understood that music could also be a channel to send messages to the general public and he lost the fear of being more commercial.
"If you want your messages to be important, you have to be open to operating at the highest level of the mainstream," he said. «The important thing is not to see people as an isolated case and to change the narratives around trans and how they are presented. There are many recurring themes. Trauma, for example […] I would like more diverse stories, more open and free stories […] And I'm going to try to put my grain of sand, ”he told S Moda.
The music industry has been quick to show its condolences and acknowledge your work on social media. «Sophie was a stellar producer, a visionary, a reference. She rebelled against the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman. I can’t believe she is gone. We need to honor and respect her memory and legacy. ", Has been written by the French singer Christine and the Queens.
«SOPHIE you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I hope we get to meet again one day. Rest in peace sister, "Munroe Bergdorf, model, and trans activist, tweeted.