New York duo Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, more commonly known as SOFI TUKKER, have single-handedly altered the face of electronic dance music as we know it.
The moment the pair walked on to the House of Vans stage at the Mohawk this past South by South West, it was clear that the show would put on an experience like no other. The stage was covered in plants, but most notably, donned a massive drum pad in the shape of a palm tree — except the tree had books instead of leaves, and the books emitted various musical notes when either Sophie or Tucker struck them during the performance.
The show itself radiated a powerful energy as sick guitar riffs and the Portuguese language rang throughout the ears of hundreds of audience members. After opening their set with the single, “Johny”, it’s safe to say that the crowd immediately fell in love with the party vibes put on by SOFI TUKKER. In the middle of the set, Sophie taught everyone the dance moves that coincide with their song, “Awoo.” This song in particular is special because it popped so severely that SOFI TUKKER had to restart it — twice. And even then, the bass was so robust that it continued to knock cords out of place. Yet SOFI TUKKER kept their cool the entire time, answering questions of some newfound fans and holding the hands of others. After these technical difficulties were taken care of, the show began again and greeted the crowd with the same jolting intensity. There was a baby in the crowd with her mom, and I’m pretty sure she was jamming just as hard as the rest of us. That’s how good the show was.
Other songs performed by the duo included “Greed”, “Matadora”, and an unreleased song, titled “Batshit Crazy”. Each song was more electrifying than the last, if that’s even possible. The last song the band performed is called “Drinkee”, and is one of their most notable singles.
If you like artists such as Die Antwoord and HONNE, be sure to check out SOFI TUKKER. And if you ever get the chance, see them in concert as it’s quite arguably a religious experience. SOFI TUKKER is set to play at this year’s Firefly, Coachella, and Lollapalooza festivals, and are rumored to be on the lineup for Austin City Limits.