SUMif is a San Francisco-based electro-pop outfit spearheaded by Steph Wells. Inspired by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Jack Garratt, and Tove Lo, the project released seven singles in 2016 – including the #1 Hype Machine hit “Lay Down” – and has since opened for VÉRITÉ, Ella Vos, RKCB, Lauv, and KUČKA. Joined onstage by synth/guitarist Rahi Kumar, SUMif is what The Bay Bridged calls "an enormous roar" and “one of [2016's] best female vocalists" according to Indie Shuffle.
"Bay Area-based SUMif opened the night with a set of high-octane, frolicking, pop music. Monday night was her second Popscene show in five months and her trademark energy was on full display as she danced, sung and ‘played sax’ across every inch of the stage. She also treated the San Francisco crowd to a new, as-yet-unnamed song. It picks up where "Lay Down" left off, with an infectious, pulsating bass and by the end of the set, it looked as if her playful performance had won her more than a few new fans."
~ The Bay Bridged
"SUMif gave an energetic performance to a hungry crowd on Wednesday night, September 14, 2016 at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall. It was Steph Wells' first performance in the town she calls home under the new electro-pop moniker, performing songs that had a nice bite to them. When the performance finished with an enormous roar, the surprise and appreciation on her face was evident. Their song "Lay Down" is making the rounds and its popularity seems like a good sign of things to come for the band."
~ The Bay Bridged
"Closing out with the aforementioned “Lay Down,” it was a fun gig, full of joy, and the perfect way to close out another year of Popscene."
~ SF Critic
"The production is crisp, the melody is agreeable, and the general ethos hits the right notes for me."
~ Indie Shuffle
"San Francisco-based electro-pop artist Steph Wells, aka SUMif now returns with her latest offering, "Everything", which as the title suggests is everything we could've hoped for from one of this year's most prolific newcomers. "
~ Wonky Sensitive
"This track crashes over you like a refreshing wave when it starts, and leaves you feeling invigorated. It’s an electropop gem of epic proportions that’s for sure. I’m not sure how this name has gone under my radar for as long as it has, but I regret the days that I had not heard the name SUMif."
~ Semple Size
""Want Your Love" is a fantastic record that has tropical infusions, dreamy guitar, chill synths and an in your face, infectiously catchy chorus."
~ Beautiful Buzzz
""Lay Down" is [SUMif's] latest endearing song. Despite its icy bold synths and vibrant bouncing beat, there’s an unpretentious and intimate warmth to "Lay Down" in its harmonies and dulcet melody."
~I Heart Moosiq
"Even with all of this sublime texture SUMif manages to keep an intimacy that is jam packed with grandeur. Exotic synths, glassy drum tones, and beachy keyboard pads keep our hearts swirling in color. I know we've got DJ Mustard et al. repping San Francisco, but if there's one sound the Bay Area should be known for, it should be SUMif. Don't miss it."
~ Kick Kick Snare
"This is a perfect soundtrack, as we are just about to head out to the desert for COACHELLA. We hope you groove to this tune as much as we are."
~ We Found New Music
featured on official Spotify playlists, "New Music Friday Deutschland," "New Music Friday Schweiz," "Fresh Finds: Hiptronix," "Indie Frescura," "Viral Semenal" & "Viral Hits Canada"
Listed on Indie Shuffle's "Best Female Vocalists of 2016" list
Lay Down reached #1 most popular song on Hype Machine on 7/21/16
SUMif has opened for Vérité, Lauv, Ella Vos, RKCB, Body Language, Exes, Kučka, Little Boots, Austra, and Michael Blume.
also featured in Warren Miller's 2015 and 2017 ski films: Chasing Shadows and Line of Decent