Gone are the days you’d fine tune your slut-drop in front of Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty video, perfect your 360 degree *Nsync turns in front of the TV set and get your siblings to grade you out of ten (kind of). Why? Because TV licenses are for chumps, YouTube happened, and MTV Base became shrouded in a clingy layer of dusty, shit, reality TV and adverts somewhere back in 2006. If like us, you sometimes find yourself staring at the night sky and asking yourself ‘what will the kids do now music videos are just exploitative, commercial trailers for product placement and sexism?’ and ‘what do I watch when I’m getting ready to go out on the town, now?’ you’re not alone. Our answers, and yours, were answered in 2013 when Boiler Room crept into our bedrooms via a low-res webcam transmitting live music from an actual dingy east London boiler room. Since its inception DJs and fans have queued, sweated and crammed themselves into secret locations to bare witness to some of the most influential names in the music industry letting their hair down. It’s become a gig that DJs and artists would give their most precious vinyl to appear at.
It won’t surprise you to learn that Sofie Fatouretchi, core member of the Boiler Room team, is a musical genius herself. The classically trained musician and creative director of Boiler Room runs her own night, Bone Soda, that she runs with fellow Boiler Room DJs Skinny Macho and Truce, as well as has her own radio show on NTS that The Fader can’t get enough of. By the way, she’s 23, so go figure that her friends call her ‘Ms Get Shit Done’. We don’t use the word ‘genius’ lightly over here at BabyFace HQ but how does a stint at the Conservatory of Music in Vienna for performance in violin and viola; a gig, aged 12 playing violin solo at Carnegie Hall, and a position in the Peckham Chamber Orchestra, sound?
Born in California’s Palo Alto, but with parents from rural Austria and Iran combined, Sofie was always on the move. Her mother’s American visa expired when Sofie was fourteen and they were forced to leave America. As a young adult in Austria she found herself studying computer science, economics and sociology at various universities in Vienna. At this moment in time not only was Sofie attending university abroad, she was also working full time as a programmer at Microsoft (we just passed out). Subsequently she ended up missing a lot of classes and her interest in academics waned. How did she get involved in Boiler Room you’re wondering? Well hold your horses… Having moved to LA Sofie was hired at Stones Throw Records in Los Angeles after having interned for them for a few months, and began to regularly DJ for them.
Sofie met Blaise and Thristian when they had booked the first across-the-pond Boiler Room set in LA with the legendary Peanut Butter, who also happened to be Sofie’s boss at Stones Throw. A then, just-turned-20 Sofie, opened the set for Dam-Funk and J Rocc, dropped the mic, and bonded with Thristian and Blaise over an aligned musical interest. Fast-forward to 2015 and Blaise and Sofie are now engaged and are our unofficial couple-crush (congratulations guys) and travel the world hosting broadcasts from outposts as exotic as Marrakesh, Moscow and Brazil. Blaise credits Sofie for almost singlehandedly bringing Boiler Room up stateside; the company boasts an almost 50 person strong team now, which stream and produce a dizzying 35 shows a month worldwide. What started as a webcam tip from Blaise’s literal boiler room in east London has become a broadcasting platform airing Caribou sets from 2000-year-old amphitheaters. You know you’ve made it when your club night has a Tumblr dedicated to it, that’s gone viral and is called, ‘Boiler Room knows what you did last night’ (please Google now, if you’ve not already seen it)…
Whilst not busy organising the set-lists for the best parties in town, hosting her own night, dj'ing and playing viola you can find Sofie mostly reclining in fabulous vintage dresses, riffling through dusty record collections and styling out cat-eye sunglasses, spliff in hand. Cheers to that.