There’s a lot of love behind Sofar Santa Barbara: City Leader Sophia started the local chapter nearly two years ago with her then-boyfriend and audio engineer Barrett. A few months ago, Sophia and Barrett celebrated their wedding! Sophia shares their story:
My friend Lacey noticed I moved to her hometown and immediately reached out to connect me to her brother, Barrett, who just moved back to Santa Barbara as well. Lacey and I met four years prior at SXSW when we both were at the same showcase for artists we were working with. We remained digital pen pals and only hung out a couple times but always felt connected. Barrett and I became instant friends as if we knew each other for many years.
She was excited, and I was excited for her, because we both went to school at CSUN for Music Industry Studies, and Sofar Sounds was something new the music industry hasn't seen to this caliber. I shared my intrigue on how I could get involved to represent Santa Barbara. I noticed there was a creative surge happening in town and I wanted to contribute and Sofar Sounds felt perfect. She knew my production, management and booking background and was so kind to connect me to the team.
Barrett has an audio engineering background, but wasn't exercising it in town. He connected me to his now best friend and eventual best man at our wedding, Michael, to pick his brain and hopefully join my team. Michael has been in the music scene of Santa Barbara for many years, understood what I envisioned and was on board. Barrett joined him, and Michael took him under his wing. They became my pillars. Without their support I wouldn't have made the jump to see Sofar through in town.
Our highlights have ranged from a summer dance party with Bootsy Collins to intimate living room sessions with sunset ocean island view, to an indoor skatepark in an old coastal orchid farm.
I love working with my husband twice a month, sharing our love of music, being of service to the artists and spending time together surrounded by a loving and supportive community. Our creative family in town has been nothing but beautiful, thanks to Sofar Sounds.