Steph Wells, aka SUMif, has been described as bubbly, energetic, effervescent, creating the kind of music that is guaranteed to make you move – and we tend to agree.
SUMif released her debut EP Pretty Cage earlier this year which was praised by NYLON, Atwood Magazine, Wonky Sensitive, High Clouds & 3 international Spotify New Music Friday playlists.
Today she releases her new single “Say” on Spotify and we’re excited to premiere it here on AfterEllen! We asked her for some insight into the new track.
“Say” is a nod to that those inner conflicts that everyone has experienced. When every bone in your body wants something or someone, but you’re a little scared of what that means. It’s that moment where you feel a shift, and give in. It’s transformative.
Listen now on Spotify and Soundcloud
SUMif started out as a singer/songwriter in Nashville making music under her full name Steph Wells. After feeling like she needed to shake things up, SUMif taught herself how to produce via YouTube and before she knew it she was moving to San Francisco and trading in her guitar for midi controllers. Since the launch of her project, SUMif has been making her mark as a live artist, playing at Popscene, San Francisco’s premier indie music party and opening for indie and electro-pop darlings such as Vérité, Lauv, Ella Vos, Kučka, and Little Boots.
Released entirely independently, SUMif had low expectations, but she soon found that in the turbulent world we are living in, people are drawn to music that lifts their spirits (and moves their feet). In her first year of releases SUMif managed to land on 2 of Spotify’s highly-coveted New Music Fridays and gained over 1.5 million streams. One of her early singles, “Lay Down,” skyrocketed up the HypeMachine charts, quickly hitting number 1. SUMif’s growing buzz landed her opening slots for indie and electro-pop darlings Vérité, Lauv, Ella Vos, Kučka, and Little Boots, as well as a slot playing at Popscene, San Francisco’s premier indie music party. SUMif’s energetic live performance has been praised by key local press such as The Bay Bridged and SF Critic. By the end of 2017 SUMif had started making waves among key tastemakers with praise from NYLON, Atwood Magazine, Damaged Magazine, High Clouds, and Indie Shuffle, and was added to Spotify’s Metropolis playlist.
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