Sophie Brochu – Interview

Singer and guitarist Sophie Brochu of Americana and indie band Fauvely is interviewed about the music she creates, her start in the Savannah music scene, local venues she loves to play, and much more.

What first got you into music?

I played cello and saxophone as a kid, and when I quit, I really felt like I made a mistake. I was curious about other forms of art: theatre, film, painting, and so I tried a lot of things, but in my heart, I think I always knew I would find my way back to music. I played in bands in college, but I didn’t start writing my own songs until I was in grad school.

Who are some of your influences?

Honestly, there are so many. John Frusciante, Brittany Howard, Mitski, Japanese Breakfast, Townes Van Zandt, Nirvana, Astrobrite, and Aldous Harding, to name a few.

Fauvely

Describe the music you create …

It’s kind of Americana meets dream-pop. Dark, folk-inspired songs driven by voice and guitar.

Talk a bit about your band, Fauvely …

Fauvely is a moniker I perform under, whether it’s just me or the full band. When we’re all together it’s Dale Price, Phil Conklin, Dave Piscotti, and myself. Fauvely comes from the French word fauve, which means wild animal.

I mostly listen to the outlaw country music station in the car, but that’s no secret.

How did you get your start in the Savannah music scene?

My husband and I moved unexpectedly last year during the pandemic. In May, the guys came down and we played Victory North with Nordista Freeze and Reverend Bro Diddley & the Hips. Then I start jamming with Ty Thompson, his wife Jo, and some of the folks from The Hips. Now we play in a separate project as Black Hat. Also, Isaac Smith has been super welcoming. He’s introduced me to a bunch of people here in Savannah and we’ve played together here and there.

Name a Savannah artist who you’d love to collaborate with …

Andrew Sovine, Anna Kellam, Ethan Stewart. I want to play with everyone.

Do you have a secret music indulgence that you might want to admit or share?

Like a guilty pleasure? No, not really. I like all kinds of music and I don’t care if it’s cool or not. I mostly listen to the outlaw country music station in the car, but that’s no secret.

There are some incredibly talented musicians here, but there’s also lots of room for growth.

What are some of your favorite local venues to play?

I really loved playing Roasting Room. It’s super intimate. In fact, it was so intimate, coming back from not playing live during Covid, it really hit me. I felt like my nerves were coming through. Victory North is great for a bigger stage. Looking forward to playing Over Yonder next week. I saw T. Hardy Morris there a few months ago and he blew me away.

Sophie Brochu of Fauvely

Your thoughts on the state of the Savannah music scene …

I’m still kind of getting a grasp on it. Coming from Chicago, it feels very, very small. There are some incredibly talented musicians here, but there’s also lots of room for growth. I’m excited to see Savannah’s scene grow and thrive.

What’s next for you?

Working on some new music. I want to talk more about it, but I should probably wait until it’s ready. I’ll just say that I’m writing about some things that I’ve been wanting to write about for a while and pushing myself to give lyrics more deserved attention.

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