by the Flying Dutchman, United World College Maastricht
25th February, 2018
Sophie Hawley-Weld graduated from United World College of the Adriatic in 2010. Upon graduation, the American singer went to pursue an undergraduate degree at Brown University. Here, she would meet Tucker Halpern, the other half of what was to become a successful pop duo by 2017.
At United World Adriatic, Sophie Hawley-Weld’s passion for music had matured, and she wished to pursue music more professionally at University. When Sophie played at an art gallery at Brown University, she met Tucker. Liking each other’s music abilities, the two quickly formed the band SOFI TUKKER – a tribute to the famous actress Sophie Tucker.
The two released their first EP Soft Animals on July 8, 2016. Quickly, they achieved critical acclaim with their song “Drinkee” from the Soft Animals EP being nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Paste Magazine described Sofi Tukker’s EP as “an insatiable dance collection of jungle-pop songs with many well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and to the national language, Portuguese”.
In 2017, their song, “Best Friend” was also played during the iPhone X full commercial reveal at the Apple Event. It is also included in the football game FIFA 18, the second straight year that a song of theirs has been included on the soundtrack of FIFA.
Sophie has described her time at United World College of the Adriatic as epochal to her musical career. Her days at Adriatic gave her much more creative inspiration than any other secondary school could have provided, and provided her with plenty of confidence in her abilities.
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