DJ Sophie Francis: A Star On The Rise

By Nadine Abulnasr - Qatar

DJ Sophie Francis ignited the #HelloYellow night on 23rd of September, at Illusion Marsa Malaz Kempinski, as guests danced to the house beats of the promising young star!

Sophie Francis a talented, 17 year-old Dutch is taking the dance world by storm, with a popularity that is growing among fans and the music industry. MusicAllStars (publishing company from Spinnin Records) has named her the female Martin Garrix! Sophie also plays the piano and produces dance music.

Sophie Francis at the #HelloYellow Illusion Deck
Sophie Francis at the #HelloYellow Illusion Deck © Vicken Seropian

Her first 4 tracks were supported by celebrated DJ’s including Tiësto, Nicky Romero and Blasterjaxx. Her ‘Drop Of A Dime’, ‘Up In This’ and ‘Bad Boy’ reached the top 20 on Beatport while her 4th track went viral on Soundcloud reaching 2 million plays in a few days:

Sophie has performed at the Dance Music Festival in Valencia for a crowd of 35,000 people, and the crowd loved her.

Sophie’s recent “Back 2 Back” session with Martin Garrix gave her a reach of 4 million on social media! Of course, not forgetting to mention that she has also played at BCM right after Steve Aoki at Mallorca!

Here’s a peep into Sophie’s world:

What’s been your greatest motivation?

Both music and the intense bond with the crowd motivate me; I love interacting with the crowd and seeing them go crazy with me. Knowing I can make or break an evening is challenging, motivating and super addictive. I love it.

How did you acquire the support of global DJs for your first 3 singles?

I believe I brought out the energy within me in those singles and they got played in clubs and festivals. I also believe they had distinctive elements in them; for instance, the break in “Bad Boy" was almost old style reggae which is unusual, making it special.

Sophie Francis spinning it
Sophie Francis spinning it © Vicken Seropian

What is your dream as a professional DJ?

After finishing school next year, I will be focusing on music 200%; I plan to divide my time between touring and producing music.

What was your favorite part of the #HelloYellow Illusion event in Qatar?

The Red Bull team was cool, the venue was great and I got to taste my first Red Bull energy drink - the Yellow Edition was lovely. Everything was just awesome!

Sophie Francis lighting it up Illusion Doha
Sophie Francis lighting it up Illusion Doha © Vicken Seropian

What are your plans for this year?

“Walls” came out on the day I played for Red Bull in Qatar; it is rated high, #6 on Spotify Viral Chart in The Netherlands. During ADE I plan to launch my new track “Don’t stop”; I will be playing a special action sponsored by KPN at Amsterdam Center and moving to the big arenas. I also intend to finish two more tracks this year while playing every weekend and holiday as I finish school.

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