Sofi Tukker Takes the 'Freak Fam' to Ultra Europe
Sep 30, 2022
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With enchanting vocals, anthemic hooks, and mesmerizing stage presence, Sofi Tukker – aka Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern - won the hearts of ravers at Ultra Europe this year. Taking place in Split, Croatia, this past July, the festival drew in vast swathes of fans from every corner of the globe.
The American duo's self-described "house-inspired jungle pop" has made a splash in recent years; their full-length Ultra Records debut, Treehouse, was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 and peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.
The pair released a steady stream of singles into the 2020s, including high-profile collaborations with John Summit, Icona Pop, Gorgon City, Amadou & Mariam, and Lady Gaga. This year, they dropped their highly anticipated sophomore album, Wet Tennis, which featured Turkish producer Mahmut Orhan and Halpern's father.
Hawley-Weld and Halpern met in Providence, Rhode Island while attending Brown University. After deciding to collaborate as a duo, they wrote their first song, "Drinkee," which became an international hit. The track featured lyrics adapted from a Brazilian poem sung in Portuguese (which Hawley-Weld studied in college), adding to its global appeal. Streamed millions of times and charting in multiple countries, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.
Experience Sofi Tukker in person as they continue to tour across North America and beyond, featuring shows at Emo's in Austin, House of Blues in Dallas, Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas, and Dreamland New Year's Eve weekend in Miami.