Sohn (musician)

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Sohn
Birth name Christopher Michael Taylor
Born London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website sohnmusic.com

Christopher Michael Taylor,[1] professionally known as Sohn (stylised as SOHN), is an English singer, songwriter and record producer based in Vienna, Austria.[2] Following the release of the 2012 EP The Wheel through Aesop, he was signed by 4AD.[3] He released his debut album, Tremors, on 7 April 2014.[4]

Career[edit]

Taylor was born in South London and developed an early interest in music.[5] After four albums, Taylor dissolved his successful project Trouble Over Tokyo and reinvented himself as Sohn. In August 2010, he released the first two songs "Warnings" and "Oscillate" under the Sohn moniker through his Soundcloud page. A month later his first EP was announced by the London-base Aesop label.[6] The songs "The Wheel" and "Red Lines" were also streamed online, picking up critical acclaim.[7][8][9] The EP The Wheel was released on 5 November 2012 in both digital and vinyl formats.[10] The same year he relocated to Vienna, Austria.

On 19 April 2013, 4AD announced that it had signed Sohn.[11] This news coincided with the first official release through 4AD, "Bloodflows", which Pitchfork described as "a vocal showcase and SOHN's most sorrowful, powerful success yet."[12] and GorillaVsBear mentioned as "simple but mesmerizing and extremely effective video".[13] This peaked at number one in the Amazing Radio chart on 12 May.

On 11 September 2013, the follow up track "Lessons" was published online.[14] Released on limited 12" vinyl on 25 November 2013, the accompanying video was directed by Olivier Groulx and premiered by Dazed & Confused magazine.[15]

Sohn's debut album was released in the week of 7 April 2014, entitled Tremors, with lead single being "Artifice".[5]

In 2015 Taylor moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a producer for Aquilo, Banks and Kwabs,[16][17] before moving to Sonoma where he began work on his second album.[18]

In August 2016 the single "Signal" was made available through streaming platforms.[19] It was supported by a video featuring actress Milla Jovovich.[20] Sohn released a lyric music video of his second single titled "Conrad" on 8 November 2016.[21] The album Rennen was released on 13 January 2017.[22] The tour in support features a live drummer and the vocalist Nylo.[23]

He is married with one child.[24]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[25]
AUS
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL
(FL)

[28]
BEL
(WA)

[29]
FRA
[30]
GER
[31]
IRE
[32]
NL
[33]
SWI
[34]
Tremors 31 60 12 20 75 83 64 83 42 23
Rennen
  • Released: 13 January 2017
  • Label: 4AD
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
96 9 21 107 162 26 56 22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details
The Wheel
  • Released: 5 November 2012[35]
  • Label: Aesop
  • Formats: 12", digital download

Singles[edit]

  • 2013: "Bloodflows" (4AD)
  • 2013: "Lessons" (4AD)
  • 2014: "Artifice" (4AD)
  • 2014: "The Chase" (4AD)
  • 2016: "Signal" (4AD)
  • 2016: "Conrad" (4AD)
  • 2016: "Rennen" (4AD)
  • 2017: "Hard Liquor" (4AD)

Writing and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Credits
"Wrong or Right" 2014 Kwabs Love + War Co-writer, producer
"Alibi" Banks Goddess
"Waiting Game"
"Everything" 2015 Aqualung 10 Figures Co-writer
"My Own" Kwabs Love + War Producer
"Look Over Your Shoulder" Co-writer, producer
"Human" Aquilo Painting Picture of a War
"Waiting" Co-writer
"Gemini Feed" 2016 Banks The Altar
"Lovesick" Additional producer
"Mind Games" Co-writer, producer
"This Is Not About Us"
"To the Hilt"
"27 Hours"
"Human" 2017 Aquilo Silhouettes
"Waiting" Co-writer

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist
"Ride"[36] 2012 Lana Del Rey
"Mecca"[37] 2014 Wild Beasts
"Where You Belong"[38] 2015 The Weeknd
"Gone Are the Days"[39] 2016 Honne

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Taylor Christopher Michael". BMI. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Guardian Review" Harriet Gibsone, 'Sohn: Tremors review', The Guardian, 3 April 2014.
  3. ^ "SOHN Signs To 4AD", Dummy, London, 19 April 2013.
  4. ^ Milton, Jamie (7 April 2014). "SOHN: 'I Want To Be Able To Say Less And Mean More'". DIY. No. 54. pp. 15–19. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Rubenstein, Holly (April 7, 2014). "SOHN Is Now". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  6. ^ News (25 September 2012). "Aesop Label". S O H N – The Wheel. aesoplabel.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "SOHN – New Band of the Day". 
  8. ^ "Dummy 'The Wheel'". 
  9. ^ "Abeano 'The Wheel'". 
  10. ^ "SOHN – The Wheel (vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "SOHN Signs To 4AD". 
  12. ^ "Pitchfork Single Review". Pitchfork. 
  13. ^ "Video Premiere – SOHN Bloodflows", 4AD, London, 18 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Listen to 'Lessons' by SOHN", 4AD, London, 11 September 2013.
  15. ^ "SOHN 'Lessons' Premiere". 
  16. ^ Murray, Robin (17 January 2017). "In Conversation: SOHN". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  17. ^ Samuels, Gabriel (26 January 2017). "Aquilo interview: heartbreak, hygge and why two is the magic number". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  18. ^ Richards, Will (11 January 2017). "A new beginning: SOHN". DIY. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  19. ^ "SOHN is back - hear new single “Signal” now". thelinebestfit.com. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  20. ^ "SOHN – “Signal” Video (Feat. Milla Jovovich)". 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  21. ^ "SOHN releases second single “Conrad” from "Rennen" his upcoming album". 
  22. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (2017-01-12). "Sohn: Rennen review – affected modern blues with some intriguing touches". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  23. ^ "SOHN on new album Rennen - The Skinny". Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  24. ^ Bonkowski, Annett (6 January 2017). "SOHN and his personal race to bliss". NBHAP. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  25. ^ "SOHN" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  26. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in Australia:
  27. ^ "Discography SOHN" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "Discografie SOHN" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "Discographie SOHN" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  30. ^ "Discographie SOHN" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  31. ^ "Discographie von SOHN" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  32. ^ "Discography SOHN". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  33. ^ "Discografie SOHN" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "Discography SOHN". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  35. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (25 September 2012). ""The Wheel" by SOHN Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  36. ^ "Premiere: Lana Del Rey – "Ride (S O H N Remix)"". Pigeons and Planes. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  37. ^ Breihan, Tom (9 July 2014). "Wild Beasts – "Mecca (SOHN Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  38. ^ "Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Remixed) by Various Artists". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  39. ^ Hunt, El (7 January 2016). "SOHN has remixed HONNE's 'Gone Are The Days'". DIY. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 

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