Posted March 30, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Electronic Dance Music Duo Sofi Tukker Hosts Daily Live DJ Sets

Sofi Tukker
Sofi Tukker

Sofi Tukker singer-multi-instrumentalists Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern first met several years ago at an art gallery opening when the two were students at Brown University. Hawley-Weld was playing a bossa nova-inspired acoustic set, and Halpern was the house DJ. Halpern came to the event early and remixed one of Hawley-Weld’s songs on the spot.

The duo began collaborating at that point.

The group was set to embark on a spring and summer tour, but COVID-19 has derailed those plans.

In response, the group has started daily live DJ sets that take place at 1pm ET on its Instagram and Facebook channels to stay connected with fans. The improvisational nature of these sessions involve live samples, guitar and vocals.

“You might be forced into isolation right now, but we want to remind you to move your body and remember that you’re not alone,” reads a statement issued by the group. “Ironically, the most loving thing we can do right now as a global community is not to be together. Thank god for the internet so we can still have a dance party. Every. Day. See. You. There.”

The group has also shared a Spotify playlist with highlights from its daily sets.

“Unfortunately, although we are sure it won’t come as a surprise, we will be cancelling our spring tour,” reads the press release on the cancelled tour dates. “We were able to postpone a couple of the shows but for those of you who we will not be able to dance with this time around, we will be sticking with our daily 1pm ET live DJ sets, live from our living room We are heartbroken, but we also have faith that this will make us and our entire world stronger in the long run.”

The group recently shared Dillon Francis’ remix of the track “Purple Hat” and Glaswegian producer KC Lights’ techno take on “Purple Hat.” “Purple Hat” and “Swing” appear on last year’s Dancing on the People.  

The group encourages fans to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund to support those in our communities most at risk from the pandemic. PLUS1 is working with leading non-profit organizations Sweet Relief, Centre for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline and several local organizations around the country to provide immediate assistance to musicians and music industry workers impacted due to sickness or loss of work.