Hello, I’m good thank you. I’ve been busy but I’m having a great time. Just constantly writing, recording, rehearsing, gigging. Plus promoting the new EP!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Girl”?
“The Girl” was the first song I wrote actually. I’ve sung and performed all my life but “The Girl” was the first of my own material. We recorded it pretty quick and now it’s getting airplay on BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long Show, as well as Mark Forrest’s Show on BBC London and BBC Introducing’s Gary Crowley Show.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote the song about a colleague of mine. I work part-time in a pub and when I first met her she terrified me. But after getting to know her more I realised that she was very genuine, which I liked. But her ways were fascinating so I put it all in a song. The lyrics are pretty explanatory!
Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?
We are toying around with a couple ideas for the music video. We’ve got a studio music video for another track on the EP called “Remember Brick Lane” which we filmed when we recorded the track. I’ve recently filmed another video for that song in Brick Lane with the band.
The single comes off your new EP also called The Girl – what’s the story behind the title?
Nothing fancy really. I wanted to name the EP after the single as it was my starting point and achieved some success. Plus I am a girl…so it seemed quite fitting. There are three other tracks on the EP as a taster for the upcoming album planned for a 2017 release; “Ireland”, “My Guy and I” and “Remember Brick Lane”.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process is always different. For a while I have nothing and then suddenly about three songs will come pouring out. I can sit at a piano in the day and think of nothing, and then at 1am I’ll have a tonne of lyrics come to mind. Some songs could take an hour to write, others could take months to write. There’s really no routine to it, I just have to go with my impulses as I can only write based on truth and personal experiences. Once they’re finished, I’ll show them to the band with an idea on arrangements, and then they do their thing and bring the songs to life.
Recording is alway fun. I prefer to record live as the band always know what they’re doing. Especially with the style of music I write, I just feel that recording to a click doesn’t work as well. When recording live you can really capture a raw and authentic vibe as everybody bounces off of each other. Maybe 2 or 3 takes and we’ll have it. For example “Remember Brick Lane” on the EP was take 2! No drop ins, what you hear is what we played.
You brought some guests to this album – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?
Yes! Our special guest the legendary Dave Swift. He’s been the bass player of the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra for the last 25 years. At the time I was struggling finding a double bassist, and so my PR team, knowing how much of a Jools fan I am, gave Dave Swift my demo EP. He liked it and agreed to guest on a few tracks for the album, so we scheduled some recording time and the rest is history!
What did they bring to the table?
Apart from being such a nice and cool guy, Dave’s bass playing speaks for itself. You can positively hear how skilful he is on the tracks and just brings that extra dimension to my songs. Also playing live with Dave is a lot of fun, he’s very charming on stage! What’s amazed me the most however is how supportive he has been, he’s a true legend.
What drew you into Jazz music?
Musical theatre played a part in introducing me to Jazz. I grew up listening to my parents old songs. There was always music playing. Motown, Soul, Reggae, and a lot of Elvis. But being in musical theatre and watching shows, I fell in love with the big bands their horn sections. I discovered the greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and my favourite Louis Prima, it kind of just grew from there.
What aspects of this genre did you get to explore on this album?
My music genre in this album in particular is hard to pin-point. There’s some swing in “The Girl”, a feel of Ska in “Ireland”, some soul in the ballad “My Guy And I” and a burlesque feel in “Remember Brick Lane”. Since the EP I’ve been writing a lot of groove based tunes. But It’s the brass arrangements that run through the backbone of each track that kind of rounds the corners of each different shape and brings them all together. As a consequence they all have that kind of theatrical and dramatic quality that I love in Jazz.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It comes through my life experiences. I write a lot about mental conflicts, whatever they may be about. I’m constantly writing to try and make sense of situations, trying to produce something good out of something bad. I listen to older styles of music because I love the vulnerability and the drama of the lyrics back then, songs were very ‘all or nothing’ in those days, and I like that. So that’s what I try and interpret in my music. I also enjoy writing in an ironic or sarcastic way. For example “Ireland” is very tongue-in-cheek and I wrote it to make light of a sad situation, as if to say “as if this has happened to me again.”
Any plans to hit the road?
I’d love to do some festivals or maybe some support artist gigs, that would be fun. I love writing but performing is like breathing to me so I just want to be on stage with my band as much as I can. Maybe when we’re looking to release the new album in 2017, it would be good to do some tour dates. I’d like that.
What else is happening next in Georgia’s world?
I’m on London Live TV on the 5th October primarily for an interview, plugging the EP, but hopefully we can perform live. I have some prestige gigs coming up performing with Dave Swift and my band The Vintage Youth including horns at The Bulls Head in Barnes on the 15th October and headlining with the same arrangement at The Underbelly in Hoxton Square on the 20th October. Oh and we have a small stripped back acoustic gig at The BBC Club, Western House, on the 29th September. I don’t like to plan too much, I’m more of a ‘go-with-the-flow’ kind of person. But if things keep going the way that they are, then I’m hoping 2017 is gonna be a busy year!