Sophie’s triumphantly plastic music moulded a new world for trans people

Sophie’s triumphantly plastic music moulded a new world for trans people

February 3, 2021

The producer’s death is crushing, but we’re left with hyper-real music and an iconography that upends femininity and points to a new way of living

  • Acclaimed producer Sophie dies aged 34

Long before the late Scottish producer Sophie’s astonishing 2017 track and video It’s OK to Cry were released – an image of Sophie’s transgender body in joyful, anxious, and deeply felt flux – this artist was already special to trans people. Sophie had long crafted electronic dance tracks that freed femininity and bodies from their usual contexts and let them dance with abandon. In 2013 it didn’t matter to me, as a not-yet-out-even-to-myself transgender woman, whether or not Sophie was transgender. What mattered was that in early singles, such as the genre-redefining Bipp that year, we felt as though we could become something else.

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