Sofie Fatouretchi 23 LA
Categories: DJ, Music

Posted: 26th June 2015

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I’m a musician and DJ, working for Boiler Room curating shows and making things. Also play viola in the Peckham Chamber Orchestra (we’ve got a concert on July 28th!) and I run a lil low key monthly night called Bone Soda with my two friends and Boiler Room colleagues, Skinny and Truce.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?“Ms Get Shit Done” (thanks Skinny) “a true G in a little girl's body” LOL dead WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?When the sun’s shining, I’m painting and listening to music. FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?In London I spend so much time just at my house, or watering the flowers in my garden. Other than that I’m really partial to the Barbican, and Yum Yum on Lower Clapton Road for curry goat (although People’s Choice not too far from there kill it with their ackee and saltfish). My favorite record spot in London is in East Finchley, so sometimes I make the trek out there and it’s so worthwhile – they actually have a pretty decent tape selection, too. In Los Angeles, Painted Bird in Silverlake is the one for clothes, and Tropical Fruits and Juices in Highland Park always comes correct with that jugo verde. For records – actually these are both on Figueroa, too – Gimme Gimme have a pretty sweet selection (and great dollar bin, too!), plus Mount Analog is just down the road.WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Do you. Life’s too short to not be honest to yourself.WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?Cult classic, not bestseller. WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?I just asked a friend and apparently it’s “tight” “word” and “oh my god dude” – great. BEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?Probably the Boiler Room we did at SXSW this year. Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface, Dipset, Rae Sremmurd… plus really great amounts of wine backstage. Killah Priest said he liked my dance moves – I was doing the mike and ike. This house party we all went to afterwards was fun, too, Just Blaze let me DJ with him. SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?Jayo Felony’s Sherm Sticc.WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Some Chablis Premier Cru (jacked this off Madlib’s rider), water with lemon, and a pack of Vogues (my newest gross smoking obsession.BIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/THAT YOU TOLD AS A KID?I lied so much when I was young, dumb shit like that I had siblings when I was really an only child, or that I was lactose intolerant (I’m not) just because I didn’t want to drink the school milk cartons… WHAT'S NEXT?Music! AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Alima Jennings
Why: ill visual artist, and has a really incredible print magazine called 1994: www.19-94.net
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