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NEW SOPHIA SOLO PROJECT:
Season of Ghosts
【The Human Paradox】
Debut album coming 2014


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I feel guilty that I don't have enough time to update my blog and/or translate everything in Japanese lately. I find it easier to update Instagram and Twitter instead, but I love my blog the most, nevertheless ♪

SEASON OF GHOSTS were at MFVF last weekend and what an adventure that was! A couple days before the concert, I travelled to Turin, Italy, in order to rehearse with Ghost Legion, my session band for SOG. Sam, Paul and Max are three highly experienced musicians, with a long stage career and actually this is a deciding factor for the SOG shows ;) I only have a short history as a professional singer, but I'm working hard every day on my voice and performance skills, so having real professionals by my side, not only gives me peace of mind, but at the same time it becomes an enjoyable learning process (and you know very well that I'm a study junkie).

After having rehearsed alone for countless hours and with Sam for another few hours (he came to Thessaloniki just for that!), we both went to Turin to find Paul and Max. Rehearsing with them three, was a relaxing experience, although it was the first time I met them in my life. We needed just a couple of hours in the studio and the band was already set, balanced and ready to perform by the second day of rehearsals! I have to admit I wasn't used to this high level of professionalism until now and despite spending days and days in the studio in the past, it was impossible to reach that level of bonding and coherence with my old band. There's many reasons for that, of course and one of them is that I also have evolved as a person and as an artist.

Pictures and other goodies coming up soon enough! For now enjoy this goofy video we took in the airport, after MFVF. We were sleepless for days and tired as hell :3


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MFVF is drawing close! Less than a week left and I'm getting ready for Belgium ;) Coroner Records informed me that the pressed CDs have arrived, so everything's set!

Those who attend Metal Female Voices Festival on the 18th,will be able to purchase THE HUMAN PARADOX ‬ from SoG's merch booth on limited pre-sale! There will be more merchandise, including t-shirts and posters. Extensive list later!


やっと。。次の土曜日だね!もうすぐベルギー行ってきます!昨日はCoroner Recordsさんからきいたけど、完成されたCDは届いた。素晴らしいでしょう?アルバムは完成だね。信じられないくらいPositiveなショックだ 笑

そして、お知らせもあります。Metal Female Voices Festivalへ来る人はプリセールで THE HUMAN PARADOX を購入ことが出来ます!SoGのぶっぱんコーナーで!他にぶっぱん色々あります。Tシャツやポスターなど。詳しくまた後でね!


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I’m THRILLED to present you my newest collaboration, which is none other that SHURE , the world-famous audio equipment manufacturer!


SHURE sent me this marvelous wireless microphone last week, a model that came out just a few months ago. It’s been specially designed to work all around the world (including Asia), despite frequency differences that usually cause conflicts and disrupt wireless system operation.


こんにちは!最近は新しいコラボレーションをサインしました。HPにも見たと思うけど、世界中に有名なマイクロフォンメーカーのSHURE と契約しました!素晴らしい!


先週はSHURE さ んに素敵なワイアレスマイクセットをもらいました。”世界中に使えるマイクが欲しい”と伝えたので、このワイアレスシステムは特別なSettingありま す。国によってFrequencyが違うので、ワイアレスの機材は普段に問題があるか使えなくなるけど、これはヨーロッパでもアメリカでもアジアでも普通 に使える。幸せ!




It came in this cool hard case that allows you to carry everything comfortably.

ハードケースに入っていてカッコイイよ!





Me and you are going places, darling!

一緒に旅沢山行こう、ダーリン!www





More details and photos coming up!

詳しく後でね!

 

Big thanks and love to everyone at SHURE! You guys ROCK!

SHUREの皆さん有難うございます!これから宜しくお願いします!




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So you might have been wondering how SEASON OF GHOSTS is gonna sound and look live. Will it be just Sophia and a backing track? Sophia and alien holograms? Well, in fact after extensive research, I found and chose the very best!


 

I present to you GHOST LEGION!





GHOST LEGION is the session band that will accompany me on stage when touring and currently comprises of 3 members: ZOMBIE SAM (guitar), PAUL DARK BROWN (bass) and MAX BUELL (drums). They all are professional musicians with long touring experience. The members of GHOST LEGION may or may not change in the future, depending on the different needs and member schedules.


 

ZOMBIE SAM is best known for his activities with the band Hallowtide (ex-ZOMBIE SAM), but he’s been session member for major touring legends such as Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, Y.Malmstein) and Dave King (Fastway) among others. He’s a graduated orchestra conductor and soundtrack producer and he co-produced “THE HUMAN PARADOX” together with me.


 

PAUL DARK BROWN is the main guy behind DiscoInferno , wildly successful band, covering 80′s-90′s hits since 1997. Having toured with famous acts like Gazebo, Spagna, Nia Peeples and Erica Gimpel (from the original cast of 80′s TV show, FAME) and with more than 1600 concerts under his belt, this guy is a machine!


 

MAX BUELL has had a long career both as session man and recording artist. Having collaborated with bands like Elegacy and Exilia, he currently works as a producer and drums teacher.



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“The Human Paradox” is my first album as SEASON OF GHOSTS and it’s also a concept album. Can you tell what it is about, from the tracklist?

[WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 8, 2014 by Coroner Records]


1. NOTHING DISAPPEARS WITHOUT A TRACE
2. GENESIS – the phoenix syndrome
3. TIME TRAVELLERS
4. DREAM; PARALYSIS
5. THE HUMAN PARADOX
6. [NE]: MESIS – the kiss of justice
7. BEAUTIFUL ETERNAL THINGS
8. DREAMING IN THE GRAY LANDS
9. THE ROAD TO ACHERON
10. QUANTUM – through the looking glass
11. REINCARNATION
12. THERE AND BACK AGAIN

The Human Paradox is about the circle of life, the process of birth, death and rebirth, through the eyes of a curious time traveller (that would be me ♬), as well as all the phases in-between. Highs and lows, success and failure, good and evil…and the ravaging, bone-crushing irony of the human existence as a whole.

If you still haven’t checked out the full album preview DO IT NOW. Your soul needs it ☆

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To be honest, I never was a girly girl. On the contrary, I've always been a tomboy. Therefore, things that indicated any kind of weakness, softness or girliness were condemned to the pits of hell, in my conscience. Well, don't get me wrong, I've always loved Barbie and pastel-infested cartoons like My little pony, Care Bears, Lady Lovely Locks, Jem etc , but when I had to wear clothes, they were not sparkly or shiny at all.


The way I saw it, girls who dressed up girly, had a soft and exploitable character, they were weak and this was an absolute NO-NO in my world. It still is, however now I can see how one can dress up girly, but still possess a powerful character. As long as you keep the two separated, it's all cool. Outward appearance is like a blank canvas that you get to paint from scratch every day; it's magical! So, nowadays I see it as a kind of game, not strictly as a character-defining trait.


So after a certain age and after re-discovering Japan's pop culture around 2004, I opened myself up to the CUTE and I found out it's exhilarating, liberating and a fine anti-depressant. Frilly dresses, doll-like outfits, dreamy accessories and what not! I've been a MUCH happier person ever since, that's for sure. You should try it too! It works better than emotionally consuming food, candy and alcohol (and drugs - although I've never tried any- )



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(these are the contents of my September and August "Kawaiibox" subscription box, respectively) 


私は若い頃でも女々しい女の子じゃなかった。逆にお転婆だったね。だから、ピンクとかキラキラとか可愛いとか絶対嫌だった。まあ、Barbieそしてパステルで可愛いなアニメなどが好きだったけど、服装はキラキラじゃなかった。


可 愛い服装を着てる女は弱い女と思っていたからね。ロリータとか。パステルとか、ロマンチックなスタイルとか。弱い性格の女は絶対に嫌だし、簡単に利用され るし、この世界に生きていけないと思ったから、ソフィアは性格が強いので真面目な服装しか着ないと思っていた。そして、年をとって、2004の頃は日本 の”可愛い文化”を発見して、どんどん心を可愛いに開いてきた。まだ弱い女はダメと思ってるけど、強い性格の人でも可愛い服装を着れると理解してきた。な ぜなら見た目は白いなカンヴァスみたいだね。毎朝はゼロから描いてくるカンバス。ゲームだ!


そして個人的には可愛い物に癒されるし、心は落ち着くし、ある意味で自由になるね。落ち込んでる時お菓子より、食べるより、お酒より麻薬より、可愛いの方が幸せだな~と感じてる。だから前と比べたら、今日のソフィアは明るい人間だ。可愛いのおかげ!

 



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HAPPY WORLD GRATITUDE DAY, FOLKS!

Did you know that the 21st of September is World Gratitude Day – since 1966, apparently- ? Well, gratitude is something to be practiced every day, every minute, but it was cool finding out there’s an actual celebration day!


 

So, guys, treat yourself to something yummy, sit back and reflect for a minute: what are the things you’re grateful for? TAG/mention people you’re grateful to have in your life right now♡

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SEASON OF GHOSTS’ debut album, “The Human Paradox”, is set to be released this December! Isn’t it exciting? I’ve been working on this album for almost 2 years and it’s finally taking flesh and bones. The moment I hold the actual disc in my hands, will probably feel unreal. I’ll be like “COME ON, THIS CAN’T BE REAL! CUT THE CRAP!~” and go loafing with Linda on the sofa or something (≧艸≦*).


 

Well, here’s the deal! All of you who will be cool enough to attend SEASON OF GHOSTS’ debut concert at Metal Female Voices Festival next month, will have the exclusive chance to purchase “The Human Paradox” on pre-sale, almost 1,5 month before its actual release! Is this reason enough to travel to Belgium? :3





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Season of Ghosts is officially a proud member of the Coroner Records family! You’ve probably already seen the news somewhere, but yeah; it’s official. After careful and thorough label research, after talking with several industry people in different countries, I concluded that Coroner is the label for me right now and I’m happy for my choice.


 

People usually think that the bigger the label that signs you, the higher you score, but the truth is essentially different. If you know a thing or two about how the music industry works, you’ll understand me if I say I preferred not to trade my independence for a big, shiny label name. At least not right now. Coroner Records has proved to be a trustworthy partner through the years with BLOOD STAIN CHILD and also Princess Ghibli and they’re devoted to their work, while maintaining a humane work environment and healthy communication with the artist. I’m really thankful for everything they’ve offered me until now and I’m sure they’re gonna do their very best for SEASON OF GHOSTS from now on! 音譜


http://www.coronerrecords.net/




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It's what I always say to people who hesitate and hide behind the curtain because they "don't have anything special". Not only the best are good and not everybody likes the best. Different people can identify with different levels of skill and capability. The "best" can also be too discouraging and loud to many people.


Take a look within your yourself and find what is good. No matter how small, cultivate it and make something worthwhile out of it. It doesn't matter if it's the best or even good at all. What matters is that it's YOUR personal expression.




Talking from my own experience, I used to be reluctant to expose myself as an artist, because the best music has already been played, the best lyrics already written and there will always be a more talented, more beautiful, fitter person than you. If I continued thinking in that decadent way,there would be no progress and no Sophia, as you know me today. So one day, I grew sick of all the hesitation and decided to open up and offer something true and honest to the people and the people responded :)

That's my story.

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