Saturday 23 June 2018

Who are the band on the iPhone X ad?

One half of Sofi Tukker
One half of Sofi Tukker
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

You may not have heard of Sofi Tukker but the band's profile is about to go stellar thanks to featuring on the ad for the new iPhone X.

Their belting tune Best Friends provides the perfect soundtrack for the slick new handset and will likely be added to playlists the world over from today.

But who are the two artists behind the track?

DJ Tucker Halpern and vocalist Sophie Hawley-Weld met one night when she was playing acoustic bossa nova music in a trio and he was DJing.

Hawley-Weld told the Huffington Post that "he came early and saw what we were doing and ended up remixing one of my songs on the spot... We have been working together ever since!"

They had very different paths to that point. 

She was born in Germany but went to school in Brazil, Italy and Canada before studying West African dance and drumming at university.  When they met she was planning to head to Brazil to teach yoga.

Halpern, meanwhile, was on the way to being a professional basketball player but injury scuppered that dream.  He learned how to DJ while he recuperated.

They only released their first single Drinkee last year but itr bagged them a Grammy nomination for best dance.

They've already booked a world tour so expect to hear a lot more from Sofi Tukker.

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