The Joy theater is still feeling the impact of the recent hard rock hotel collapse. The Canal St. venue recently had to relocate the performance of Sofi Tukker across town to Republic NOLA. It’s an unexpected hiccup in the duo’s latest R.I.P. Shame tour, but we’re just excited it didn’t get canceled!
We had a chance to chat with the Rhode Island duo about their new album Dancing on the People, their Grammy nominations, and the magic of their collaboration.
Read the River Beats Interview with Sofi Tukker below:
River Beats: Congratulations on the new album! Can you tell us a bit about the evolution of your sound from Treehouse to Dancing on the People?
Sofi Tukker: “Thank you! We were probably most influenced by our shows for this new EP. We wanted to make music that could contain and energize bigger and bigger crowds. So we wanted to create more epic sounding songs like “Swing,” which is always a highlight of the show.
We were also really being influenced by our travels and our friends. With Playa Grande, Bomba Estereo and Colombia were such a big part of that song. Our evolution tends to be really organic like that. We just make songs with elements that are inspiring us in the moment.”
The last time New Orleans fans saw you was last year at Voodoo Festival. How does your show production differ between your festival sets and your headlining tour sets?
“It’s changed a lot since then. We have brand new production that we launched at Coachella this year. We have upgraded all the visuals and stage design to really bring the neon jungle world to life!”
Your remix of Billie Eilish is taking over the internet. Do you have any other dream collaborations?
“We’d love to collaborate with Lana Del Rey. Her new album is so good.”
So the very first song y’all ever released together was nominated for a Grammy. That’s nuts! What is it about the two of you that makes your collaboration so much magic?
“Truly so nuts!! We are such different humans with such different inspirations, so the music we make is really just the strange combination of our two brains.”
What can fans look forward to on you R.I.P. Shame tour?
“It’s sweaty and fun. We get wild in the shows, so make sure to hydrate and stretch before.”
Sofi Tukker play the Republic tonight with support from Haiku Hands and LP Giobbi. Doors are at 9 and show is at 10.
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