Local Artist Spotlight: Sofii Fuego


Tyki Rose and Max McGill

Sofii Fuego is an up-and-coming artist in Salt Lake City. She creates high energy, contemporary hip hop music infused with Latin flavor that is both lyric and substance heavy. She stopped by the station recently to promote her newest single entitled “Frida” which released just one week prior to our interview with Sofii. During our encounter we learn how she ended up in SLC, her future musical directions, and Utah’s growing music scene.

An upbringing as unique as her sound

Sofii Fuego was originally born in Guatemala before moving to California at 10 years old. From a young age she took much of her influence from American Pop culture that leaked into South America. She told us that writing always came naturally to her. Her first musical endeavors involved writing poems in middle school. When her family moved from California to SLC during her teenage years, Sofii continued to listen to a blend of Spanish and American music. This time, however, getting into the alternative rock wave that was taking place. As rap began to interest her, she put her writing talents to use and started writing her own raps.

New music from Sofii with a Fuego vibe

Very recently, Sofii Fuego released her newest single “Frida”. It’s also the first song that she had ever written in Spanish. The song’s Latin beat coupled with a trance-like melody will leave the dance floor on fire. She received tremendous reception from the Spanish community. This has inspired her to “elaborate more” on her Spanish side during her future musical endeavors. We at K-UTE radio wholeheartedly agree.

Fuego plans to work alongside Salt Lake legend Joe the Producer, while hinting at big features for her 2020 release. She’s also featuring a few big local names as well as some artists based in California.

“A writer first and foremost”

Sofii Fuego is an alumni of the University of Utah, and as the home of K-UTE Radio, we were stoked to show some love to a fellow Ute out there doing her thing! Though she graduated with a degree in Business Administration, and has a great job, Sofii couldn’t shake the urge to create and do more. Despite her day job, Sofii considers herself as a writer first and foremost. She is attracted to music because it inspires her to create and to “Explore the creative artistic self.”

Utah’s growing music scene

Sofii Fuego spoke of the importance of artists in Salt Lake that are beginning to organize a new market. “It’s just a matter of concentrating all that energy,” she said about the growing Salt Lake City scene. In addition to this, as a self-described feminist, Sofii was vocal about wanting to open up the space for other female artists who have always been an underrepresented segment in the male dominated Hip-Hop industry. She understands that this begins with her and only a handful of others representing for the ladies of the lake, and is willing to do anything it takes. From our encounter, it’s no doubt that Sofii Fuego has the talent and confidence to assist in ushering in and motivating an entirely new generation of female emcees.

Full-length conversation

Stay up with Sofii Fuego in 2020 as she gets set to drop the summer album of the year! We also recommend adding her other single “Goddess” to your personal playlist. If you want to know more, you can follow this link to hear us go into depth with Sofii during her live interview with kuteradio.org. During the conversation we get to know the rising Latina artist and are treated to an exclusive freestyle of one of her singles from her upcoming EP in 2020. Also, DJ FiXKiD gets rightfully put in his place for talking smack about Cardi B!

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