Gordi's Sophie Payten Explains 'Cruel' Impact Of COVID On Her Two Careers

Lots of us feel cheated by the novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns. Gordi's Sophie Payten is no exception.

For many reasons, 2020 was supposed to be the biggest year of Sophie's life. But everything's been put on hold.

Sophie completed medical school earlier this year and officially became a doctor. But with a full slate of touring ahead of her, including headlining tours and runs supporting Of Monsters And Men in the U.S. and Bon Iver in her home country, Australia, she quit her job to focus on music.

"It's quite cruel. I quit my job working at a hospital at the end of January and then I planned to take this year and the foreseeable future off medicine and focus on music," she tells Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke. "I was two weeks into a yearlong scheduled of touring when coronavirus sort of went into full swing. So I had to fly back to Australia and I kind of put my name down in the database of medical professionals that can be called to work in COVID clinics."

But Australia has been largely spared the health crisis that has devastated so much of the rest of the world, and Sophie hasn't been called in to work, leaving her with few options.

"I can't tour and I also can't go back to my other job," she continued. "So I'm sort of stuck in no man's land at the moment."

Watch the full interview in the video player above!

Gordi's new album Our Two Skins is available everywhere June 26. Order it here.

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Here's the official music video for Gordi's "Sandwiches":

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