Scottish DJ and producer SOPHIE has died following a sudden accident this morning (January 30).
An official statement from the artist’s team to Mixmag confirmed the news.
“It is with profound sadness that I have to inform you that musician and producer SOPHIE passed away this morning around 4am in Athens, where the artist had been living, following a sudden accident,” the statement read.
“At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of this news with sensitivity.”
“SOPHIE was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade. Not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation.”
SOPHIE. Image credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty
Tributes are being shared online in the wake of SOPHIE’s death. “Sophie was a stellar producer, a visionary, a reference,” Christine and the Queens tweeted in tribute.
“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. Cherish the pioneers.”
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. Cherish the pioneers. pic.twitter.com/3kyRl1KabY
— Chris (@QueensChristine) January 30, 2021
Shygirl, who shared her new SOPHIE-produced track ‘SLIME’ last October, added: “tell people you love them when you can.”
tell people you love them when you can.
— SHYGIRL (@0800shygirl) January 30, 2021
Berlin-based label PAN also paid tribute, writing: “Rest in Power you incredible human.”
Rest in Power you incredible human ? pic.twitter.com/qnxHwivvYw
— PAN (@PAN_hq) January 30, 2021
Born in Glasgow, SOPHIE released a number of singles and projects on labels such as Numbers across the 2010s. Her debut album ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES’ was released via Transgressive back in 2018, and subsequently nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2019 Grammys.