Where are you from and how did you get started?
I am from the Netherlands! I got into music because I grew up in a family of musicians. I have four siblings, and my mother taught us all to sing. I loved it, but never thought I would pursue music professionally. I chose to study Linguistics instead and went to Edinburgh university on an exchange program when I was 20.
One day I walked into a cafe that was hosting an a cappella singing session. I was mesmerized by the concept and wanted to be a part of it, so I kept going back. When I returned to Amsterdam, I began singing folk songs on the street. Some passersby informed me that there was a similar kind of place nearby for singers to go and sing that style of music, so I went. Through connections I made there, I ended up in a group and began to tour with them. They gave me the courage to be proud of the songs I had written in private, so I began embracing myself as a songwriter as well.
How do you manage your self-care as an artist?
One of the most important things I've learned is not to compare myself to others on social media. In general, but also with musicians and their release strategies and success. I try to only compare my present self to my past self.
On the road, you're around people constantly, which can be very tiring. I definitely need some alone time. I try to plan time to meditate, go on a walk, or do something just for me while I'm touring.
What is challenging with wellness and/ or mental health as a musical artist?
The most challenging part for me has been establishing boundaries and putting myself first. I am a people-pleaser at heart and tend to try to make everyone happy. I need to get better about not giving too much of myself to others. You can't pour from an empty cup.
Do you have new releases or upcoming shows you would like to share? Absolutely! My next single titled "Starlight" drops September 17.
It's a song I wrote when my previous boyfriend dumped me out of nowhere. I ended up borrowing a tent from him so I could use the chance to tell him I was playing at a festival. Long story short, I went to the festival and slept in his tent, alone. I wrote this song there.
Tell us about your mission as an artist!
I think I play music to deal with my emotions. I grew up thinking that my emotions were "too much" and I tried to push them away until they became a big ball of tension. I am learning to allow myself to get sad or scared or really excited, and by sharing that through my music, I want to make room for other people's strong emotions and struggles too. I hope that my songs can help others to allow them to be themselves fully and bring out into the open what they are dealing with so that there is more room to breathe!
What are your links and info for our readers to find you?
I'm most active on Instagram! Follow me at @sophie_janna!
There is a Linktree in my bio where you can find me on Spotify and YouTube, etc.
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