DOWNTOWN 500 MAGAZINE GOT THE JOY OF GETTING TO KNOW SOHO REZANEJAD THROUGH OUR TOMBOY’S CONNECTION IN DENMARK. WHEN WE HAD THE CHANCE TO LISTEN TO HER DARK ELECTRO TRACKS, WE GOT STUCK IN HER-OBVIOUSLY.
SOHO IS SKILLED AT GATHERING DECIBELS IN YOUR EARS IN A POSE NOT EASY TO EXPECT. SHE EMERGES TOUGH. SHE OWNS A TEMPTING BARITONE VOCAL. HER ARTISTRY WILL BLOW YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS OUT AND PUSH IT BACK IN YOUR MIND FOR MORE TO YEAST. REMEMBER HER NAME
SOHO REZANEJAD A FEMME FATALE
SHE LIVES IN COPENHAGEN IN, DENMARK. SOHO WAS COLLABORATING WITH “LUST FOR YOUTH” AND KASPER BJØRKE; YOU WILL FIND MUCH OF HER MUSIC ONLINE… NOW SHE IS TOURING EUROPE AND USA IN HER SOLO VENTURE THIS FALL. YOU SHOULD CHECK HER DARKNESS OUT! THE DARKNESS?
AFTER SOHO LEFT HER FORMER ACT GOLD LIP, SHE MOVED INTO HER STUDIO AND STARTED RECORDING HER DEBUT EP ‘IDOLATRY”. THE RECORD WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 2015, UNDER SILICONE RECORDS, SOHO’S OWN LABEL
SOHO REZANEJAD – UNPLUGGED
DT 500 MAG: – Give us one image to get who you are?
“There is no One image. Keeping an image of yourself won’t get you anywhere. I want to move and be moved by everything I encounter.”
SOHO: – From time to time, it’s healthy to check on yourself and make sure you are going in the right direction, but if I were to sustain an image of myself all the time, I wouldn’t be able to progress. I am not a particular person; a person like that is enslaved by other people’s thoughts.
“I am not a statue; I want to be free from others and myself.”
DT 500 MAG: – Where did you grow up?
SOHO: – I grew up with my parents. First, in a refugee camp outside of Copenhagen, my parents decided that they would move into the city, and Iran was no longer an option to return to. They raised me Western because they felt like foreigners in their native country. My mother fought for the rights I have today. My father too. He would tell me his poems at night, and she would sing to me in Farsi.
DT 500 MAG: – There is” Idolatry,”” Catch the Girl,” and” Every day Another Holiday” -GREAT WORKS! Soho, what is his agenda?
SOHO: – The record is a rendition of hunger and searching for someone I’m getting closer to.
“I am still shaping her. I’m learning what it’s like to release my own material. I’m getting a good grip on what I don’t need in my work – what I need to stir myself with. This stuff turns me on. “
DT 500 MAG: – Any tips on becoming more accessible and creative?
SOHO: – When you find a familiar pattern, it is asking to be broken so you can move on to the next thing to break. If something scares you, just look at it and see it for what it is, and it won’t scare you anymore.
“Don’t get stuck on what you can’t do. In fact, don’t get stuck on anything. The world leaves no room for boredom. Spend time with people who want to share their ideas with you. Be with people who are confident enough not to get territorial. Those who believe in too much rather than too little. If you create your own reality, you’ll manage.”
DT 500 MAG: – there are plenty of creative spots in your work; tell us more about your crew?
SOHO: – I took the Idolatry record of my friend Miccel Mohr after I laid down the framework. He has his own style of working, different from mine, and he is very precise and versatile. We re-recorded the synths in his studio and tweaked the percussive details together. I generally work with people who show me concretely what they want.
“Precision is good, and it clarifies something waiting to be done. When you work with someone, the most important tool is the dynamic between you..”
DT 500 MAG: – Can you describe your rare vocal decibels?
SOHO: – I met a man in Berlin during the winter with whom I had a long conversation about transsexualism. He had very long hair and beautiful piano fingers. A masseuse and I asked him to feel my back. He thought of me as a boy growing into a woman. That stuck with me for a while. I was glad to hear from a stranger that I was becoming. Then I found out that the throat is built like a rubber band. Stretching your low octaves also expands the elasticity of your high ranges.
DT 500 MAG: – Your lyrics and sound waves can be pleasantly diverse. When you think about the electro, synth or techno in the context and the rhythm of your identity – what emotions or feelings are tied into it?
SOHO: – I grew up listening to diverse music, everything from Diamanda Galas to The KLF. From Gregorian chanting to Iranian sonata. I’ve set up a projector in my studio, and it plays all the classic films of New York City in the 70s. They get me closer to a narrative.
DT 500 MAG: – Copenhagen vs Soho Rezanejad?
SOHO: – My studio inspires me. The water is next to my home. The community in Mayhem. The beautiful souls in Warehouse 9.
DT 500 MAG: -SOHO’s UPCOMING SHOWS
– 31.10.2015 – Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles (USA)
– 02.11.2015 – Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles (USA)
– 11.11.2015 – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (DK)
Text by: Arthur Sopin
Photo by: Tao Hansen