Sophia Katos

SophiaKCongratulations on being chosen as the FReeZA Artist of the Month. You’re currently being mentored in the FReeZACentral program. Why did you want to get involved with this program and what has the experience been like for you?

I was at the stage where I knew I really wanted to be in the music industry, but was unsure which path to take. The program was like a window for me; it’s been amazing so far. My mentor, Kelly Auty, has been such a support and inspiration. I’ve had the opportunity to record with producer Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios, work with the wonderful Charles Jenkins and attend extremely helpful info sessions.

Are you excited about the tour coming up? I hear you are performing.

Yes, I can’t wait! This will actually be my first time playing my own songs in a set, so I’m thrilled to be finally getting them up and out there. I’m also really looking forward to hearing the other mentees.

You have a pretty extensive background in music and performance. Tell us a little bit about your background and some of the experiences you have gained from.

I grew up singing at local events and performing with music theatre groups, so that’s helped make me feel really comfortable on stage. After high school I was lucky enough to study Music Theatre at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), and from there I got involved in a diverse range of projects including a cabaret I co-wrote, a musical called Reefer Madness, and a Burt Bacharach tribute show. I grew a lot as a performer from doing such varied productions, and I think that has helped me be more open-minded with my own music.

What made you want to go to Sydney to study?

I’ve always loved performing music theatre, and I knew that I would learn lots by being at such a prestigious school. My training was very holistic and centred on the art of being a truthful and powerful performer. In that respect, I can relate the principles I learnt to my original music and performance skills. It also made me get a thick skin, which is important in this industry.

What was it like singing the opening hymn for Days in the Dioceses as part of World Youth Day?

It was such a beautiful experience. To stand and sing a capella, by yourself, in front of a packed Telstra Dome is very surreal, and it was a real privilege to do it. The pilgrims were so enthusiastic too, so it was a lot of fun.

You’re also about to make your TV debut later in 2009 on Channel Seven’s Packed To The Rafters. How did that come about and what was it like?

After graduating from uni I was lucky enough to find a wonderful agent who got me the audition. I almost fell over when I got the call because I love the show and to be on it as my first TV gig is crazy. The filming process was fantastic and I’ve learnt so much from it, as well as from the cast and crew, who are brilliant.

You’re currently recording and hope to release an album. What can people expect from your music?

My music is pop-based, and fuses elements of R’n’B and funk. People can expect to hear catchy melodies, featured backing vocals and sassy bass lines. I have two contrasting sides to my nature too, and I think that comes through in my writing. Sometimes I’m truth-seeking and philosophical; a lot of the time I’m playful and daring.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Wow, I love this question. Okay… I plan to be an amazing and successful, full-time performing sensation. Hehehe! I would love to have an album under my belt and touring with a great band that I completely click with. I aim to be five years’ improved too!