Chatterbox: Sumif talks to us about her new single ‘Body’, founding a non-profit, supporting the LGBTQ+ community and dancing

Hey, thanks for chatting to us . Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?

Sure! Recently a group of friends and I founded a non-profit org called wayOUT (wayout.lgbt) where we help raise funds to support LGBTQ+ youth in areas where society tells them it’s not okay to be who they really are.  Last year we raised $127,000 for an LGBTQ+ Youth Center in Birmingham, AL.  I know what it’s like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community in a highly accepting city, and our goal is to help bring that feeling of acceptance to youth in other areas of the US where it’s not so easy.    



How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?

The last few releases have all been about freedom in some sense, that’s the theme of my upcoming EP… whether it be freedom from social constraints or sexual freedom or freedom from a toxic relationship, like in Love Shop, I hope these songs make the listener feel free, I hope they make you wanna move outside of your comfort zone.  



What does the new single “Body” draw upon thematically?

The idea behind the video is drawing on the theme of gender/sexual fluidity… that there is a masculine and feminine energy dancing inside all of us.  A little boy wearing a mesh shirt and a girl wearing a turtleneck dancing inside us all. 😉  




Did “Body” evolve significantly in the studio from the original demo?

YES omg it started as my bedroom demo production, I had this shitty hook where I said something about “body” in the lyrics, and I sent to my friend Wes for help… he scrapped my chorus, but came up with what is now the hook line, and put in the production structure of what the final version ended up as. The song got its shine and polish from one more producer who helped bring it across the finish line.  It was a true collaborative evolving effort.  



Tell us about the video, who choreographed the dancing?

When I got the final mix of this song back I thought to myself, I really want to make a video with a choreographed dance.  Out of nowhere, my best friend calls after I send him the mix, and he’s like you and I are doing a choreographed dance in a video for this song.  I was like okay cool if we both are thinking this… we gotta do it. Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” video was partially the inspo for it. Annemarie Estess is the choreographer – she’s a friend of my ~*co-star*~ from college.  



Is dance a significant creative outlet for you?

I love to dance, I have never taken a dance class, and don’t take quickly to choreography, but I love to dance.  Walking down the street, in my bedroom, at my desk at work, at a show with friends.  It doesn’t look great, but I just love feeling the beat of the music with my whole body.  



What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

New music new music new music! And another EP soon! 


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