I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing dynamic duo, Sofi Tukker. Since releasing their debut LP, Treehouse, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern have already achieved extraordinary success. Treehouse single, “Batshit”, landed a high profile commercial placement, and they have gone platinum in Canada. The duo noted on an Instagram post that this Platinum recognition is a first for them, and we here at Lemonade Magazine are so happy to see them achieve such well-deserved recognition and success.
With openers Kahlo and LP Giobbi in tow, Sofi Tukker has embarked on a journey across the U.S. to share the live Treehouse experience with fans. As Sofi Tukker stated in our interview, Treehouse is about the childhood spirit of play. They want their music to be like that magical, welcoming place from childhood, where you go to escape with your friends and make your own rules together. I was lucky enough to escape into my imagination with the duo at their Houston date on Monday, May 7th, and it was a truly memorable way to kick off the summer.
As the heat rolled into Houston on Monday, Sofi Tukker certainly brought us to boiling temperatures in the downstairs room at White Oak Music Hall later that night. Originally scheduled for the smaller-capacity, upstairs room at the venue, Sofi Tukker proved themselves to be HTown favorites, quickly selling out the upstairs room and moving the party downstairs to accommodate more fans. Arriving at the venue, I was immersed with the house sounds of Lagos, Nigeria native, Kah-Lo. The crowd definitely came ready to dance, and Kah-Lo had everyone moving. Direct supporting artist, LP Giobbi, showcased her impressive production with a contagious energy and spark that kept everyone on their toes, as we anxiously awaited the arrival of Sofi Tukker.
With a quick, 5 minute change-over, set to the tune of calming rain forest sounds, the duo swiftly emerged on stage to the audience’s delight.
Excitement filled the air as the duo opened with the very appropriately titled track, “Energia”. Bathed in hues of pink, yellow, blue, and green lighting and surrounded by a lush playground of trees, the set design and lighting production lent itself well to the high energy and colorful nature of the duo’s set.
Sophie soared across the stage in her whimsical, flowing white ensemble. When she wasn’t singing, she was dancing, jumping, wooing the crowd, shredding her guitar, or perhaps doing all of these things at once. Sophie maintained a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face throughout the set, and her love for music and performing was absolutely evident at all times. Tucker’s powerful stature and charm were eye-catching, and his deep, sultry vocals on tracks like “Batshit” really pumped up the crowd’s energy. Sophie and Tucker seem to have truly found a harmonious match in each other as bandmates: their chemistry on stage is completely genuine and unforgettably positive.
I can honestly say that I had a smile plastered on my face throughout the set. Typically at shows, I am highly immersed in the technicalities, musicianship, and gear on stage. While all of these things greatly impressed me during Sofi Tukker’s set, I found that I was able to truly let go, laugh, smile, and dance in the midst of a crowded room. I glanced around the audience and everyone else seemed to share my sentiment. In Houston, Sofi Tukker absolutely accomplished what they set out to do. Their childlike spirit and positive energy inspired the audience in the best of ways, and I know that I won’t soon forget it.
For upcoming shows, check out the duo’s website: HERE. And check out the music video for Sofi Tukker‘s latest single, “Batshit”.