Experimental pop artist and producer Sophie Xeon, known in the music world simply as Sophie, died in an accident in Greece on Saturday, according to her management company. The artist was 34.
The Scottish artist’s death was confirmed by Modern Matters, her management company, The New York Times reported. Her music label in the United Kingdom, Transgressive, also released a statement.
“True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell,” the companies stated in separate releases.
The Grammy Award nominee had been living in Greece at the time of her death and died in Athens.
Sophie recorded with Madonna, Charli XCX and the rapper Vince Staples, the Times reported. Sophie’s 2018 album, “Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides,” was nominated for a Grammy Award as best dance/electronic album, CNN reported.
Sophie co-wrote Madonna’s 2015 single, “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Sophie also collaborated with indie duo Let’s Eat Grandma and pop singer Kim Petras.
“I think all pop music should be about who can make the loudest, brightest thing,” Sophie told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I’m interested in [using] current technology, current images and people, to make the brightest, most intense engaging thing.”
Born in Glasgow, the Los Angeles-based producer transformed underground dance music, combining house, techno, trance, pop and the avant-garde into a new genre, the BBC reported. Sophie, was transgender, part of a new wave of LGBTQ+ electronic producers that expanded the boundaries of gender, identity and the status quo, according to the network.
Sophie’s debut single, “Nothing More to Say,” was released in 2013. Sophie found a wider audience later that year with “Bipp,” according to The Guardian. The artist’s next single, 2014′s “Lemonade,” which anticipated the rise of hyper-pop music, NPR reported.
Several other singles were compiled on 2015′s “Product.”
“A push and a focus in the Sophie music is to condense particular feelings down to the most concise, shortest form possible,” Sophie said in a 2015 interview with the rk Times. “To try and create this immediate feeling, through sound and lyrics, that communicates itself instantaneously.”