Hi GEOFFRO, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
– 2017 has been off to an amazing start. I finally just took two days off last week…so I see that as a positive for sure.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Quicksand”?
– Quicksand was something I wrote right after my first session with Flume. I was on a buzz from all the things we were working on that day and I went home and made like 5 piano riffs. I came back to them a few hours later and picked my favorite of the batch, and after freestyling a few takes I came up with the concept of Quicksand.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
– I was going through a relationship with a really amazing girl, but just felt like I was unable to fully commit myself to our situation. Basically feeling like we were both distracted, and somehow that sort of helped the theme of Quicksand – being stuck in something heavy and unable to gain clarity without getting out of it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
– It’s very possible although I’m more focused on just making more songs for future release.
How was the recording and writing process?
– Writing Quicksand actually came very easy to me. My style of music isn’t usually so deep and dark, so this was a bit of a change, but the lyrics came out very freely. I finished the rest of the song (second verse) like 9 months later after playing the demo for a bunch of people. Most people were really stoked, so I decided I needed to produce it and put it out. I did however make like 15 versions of the production before I was finally sold.
Known for having collaborated with some big names such as Flume and Ziggy Marley – do you tend to take a different approach when you are working with someone else than when working on your own stuff?
– With other artists, I definitely make sure I’m focused on what their style is, and something that would come out of their mouth as opposed to mine. But most of the time I prefer to just write a song for the sake of writing a good song, that way it doesn’t come out forced. If they don’t like what I pitch and I see it as potential for me, I consider using it for myself…but ultimately songs meant for me will have such a personal attachment as I see it, so I am rather selective about themes I’d sing about.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
– I’m very excited to keep up the momentum of writing for myself as an artist. I have a large collection of beats, half-ideas, and Hooks just sitting on the shelf. It’s mostly a matter of finding that 8th day of the week to work more on my own music. My writing and production career has been very busy, which I definitely see as a blessing.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
– If all goes well, I’ll be releasing music for the Summer.
Any plans to hit the road?
– Can’t wait for that to happen. Once I build the catalog, I’ll be looking forward to booking shows. I miss being on stage.
What else is happening next in GEOFFRO’s world?
– So far this year I’ve had placements with artists like Sia, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Aluna George. I also played piano on an acoustic version of “Middle” by Bipolar Sunshine and DJ Snake. Other than that I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio with Flume.