Soko and Lime: The Acid-Sweet Indie Singer Talks Singing, Acting, and Kissing Asia Argento

AE: Death is a theme in a lot of your songs.
Soko:
Yes, Indeed.

AE: Why is that?
Soko:
Because my dad died when I was five.

AE: OK.
Soko:
And then a lot of people died after that, and I was just petrified of dying too. I basically cultivated this fear of abandonment. I felt abandoned so many times in my childhood, because of all those deaths around me. I feel threatened that it could happen again. Like, as soon as I love someone, I feel like I just have to grab every minute, like every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day with the people I love so I’m really intense in relationships, just because I’m always scared that they’re going to be taken away from me and also, I get dumped all the time.

AE: [laughs] Oh.
Soko:
So I somehow reproduce that feeling of abandonment all the time. I’ve never left anyone, ever.

AE: Oh really?
Soko:
No, I’m like a loyal little puppy. All I want is to love someone and be loved in return, like who doesn’t? That’s all I want in my life, everyday…is to have love…nonstop, always. More than anything in the world.

AE: That’s great. One Song is about being in love with a drug addict. What was that like?
Soko:
That was terrible! How do you think it is?

AE: Did you ever have issues with drinking or drugs?
Soko:
I’ve never done drugs! I’m straight edge.

AE: That’s great! That’s really great. They can put a lot of clouds in your life, I guess.
Soko:
Yea. I tried weed, for the first time like six months ago, and I smoked for like four months, and then I was over it, but I tried weed for the first time at 27! Not bad.

AE: Wow, that’s good.
Soko:
I never tried cigarettes.

AE: Oh wow, and you’re French? And you’ve never had a cigarette?
Soko:
No.

AE: That’s interesting. Do you like wine?
Soko:
No.

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