Sofia’s bon voyage


Creating memories with her uni friends is the inspiration behind talented Arrowtown teen Sofia Machray’s latest project.

The 19-year-old singer’s releasing her latest single, a live version of Bon Iver’s Holocene, tomorrow.

Machray says her vision for the single was to gather some friends, who all lived in her hall of residence at Victoria University in Wellington, “and capture a memory of living in the halls together that we could look back on”.

“I thought the perfect way to do this would be to film and record a professional live session in our flat, which overlooks the city.”

As well the new single, Machray’s been keeping busy with another live project.

“We went on to record a live session of a gig I did at the Library Bar in Wellington.

“With the content from this gig, I’ve put together a live EP that will be released on all social media platforms at the end of December.”

It’s a big step for the Arrowtowner, who’s also just finished her first year of a Bachelor of Commercial Music, majoring in Music Industry and minoring in Music Practice.

“I’ve always had a huge love for music, from the age of three I recall dancing around the house to Crocodile Rock by Elton John.”

She got her first guitar for her fifth birthday, and self-taught from then on.

Now, studying music full-time, she’s got lofty goals.

“I wanted to major in Industry rather than Practice as I saw more growth for learning in that area, this means I’ll come out of my degree knowing how to manage myself as an artist, other artists, work with labels, run festivals/shows, the list of opportunities goes on.

“The great thing about studying music at art school is that you can apply the things you learn straight away and start building your career path as a musician.

“There are also so many creative people that you can work that will help you along the way, it’s a great thing.”