Michelle Lhooq is a journalist, event producer, and consultant based in los angeles and new york

SOPHIE on gender, artifice, and honesty (Teen Vogue)

SOPHIE on gender, artifice, and honesty (Teen Vogue)

What is the most honest sound you can think of?

SOPHIE ponders my question over lunch at her favorite diner in Los Angeles. Nestled in a corner booth, the equally revered and reviled electronic music artist pulls a leather jacket painted with cartoon ponies and the word “TECHNO” over her willowy frame. "An honest sound…?” she murmurs, brows furrowing behind gold wire-framed glasses. It is a sweltering hot October afternoon. Outside, a distant Hollywood sign winks in the sun.

Los Angeles is a paradise for pop queens — and those who make their beats. Born in Scotland, SOPHIE moved here two years ago after stints in Berlin and London; her knack for twisting candy rave music to its most ecstatic extremes has since cinched her coproducing credits for Madonna and Charli XCX, as well as studio time with Rihanna.

Tackling my question, she hesitantly suggests that a hip-hop producer’s signature drop, like the classic “Mike WiLL Made It,” could be considered an “honest” sound. Then she shakes coils of crimson hair from her face with a frown. “Boring answer,” she sighs. “I’ll get back to you.”

Crystal Castles' Alice Glass breaks her silence after abuse (LA Times)

Crystal Castles' Alice Glass breaks her silence after abuse (LA Times)

my grand theory about DJing and post-modernism (RA)

my grand theory about DJing and post-modernism (RA)