INTERVIEW: Georgia VanNewkirk

Hi Georgia, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you for having me, I’m fantastic!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blue Velvet”? 

Blue Velvet tells the story of how I fell for a boy with blue eyes. It showcases how we met when he asked me to be with him, and eventually, the day I knew I loved him. The song follows my emotional journey through doubt and fear and my fall into the blue velvet abyss.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

Yes, I met him at a show while he was performing on stage. The room was super dark, but the stage lights would illuminate his face every so often and the first time I saw him, I knew I needed to introduce myself. It was one of those moments where, you don’t know why, but you are drawn to someone as if cosmically connected. This moment inspired the first verse of the song, and I would write little poems or lyrics on napkins or random scraps of paper after spending time with him after that. The song was my way of blending this patchwork of experiences to tell our story. Blue Velvet helped me to realize that falling in love doesn’t happen with one grand gesture, it’s all of the little moments combined. I didn’t fall in love like falling down a flight of stairs, I woke up one morning and was sitting with him drinking coffee and realized I was in love.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, the music video is set to release on December 4th. It was such a special project because I worked with some of my closest friends on creating the video, I’m so excited for everyone to see it!

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was super unique to me because I had never really been in a studio before. I flew to Denver to record with producer and co-writer of the track, Noah Taylor, and we ended up recording six songs in six days, which now I know, is practically unheard of. Blue Velvet was one of the last ones we did, and after getting inspired by Noah’s beat and organ, I compiled my little poems and wrote honestly about my experience and feelings. We tracked vocals late into the night, and I knew at that moment that this song was always going to hold a place in my heart.

Did the famous Lynch film play any role on the writing of this single? 

I hadn’t seen the film until after I wrote the song, which is kind of hilarious. I went to elementary school with David Lynch’s granddaughter but wasn’t allowed to watch the film back then. I must have subconsciously heard the phrase growing up and I guess it stuck with me throughout the years.

What role does South Carolina play in your music?

South Carolina has affected my music, but not in the way you would expect. I am originally from Los Angeles, so when I moved to South Carolina I was a fish out of water in a super traditional town. This culture shock at a defining age forced me to be super observant and introspective, and this was around the time I started writing stories and poems, which would later turn into songs. I knew I was different and decided to just keep doing my thing regardless.  Looking back, writing has always helped me process my feelings and moving to Charleston forced me to use music as an outlet, which I’m so thankful for.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes 🙂 it’s going so well, I have been in the studio all week!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My next single is set to release early of January 2020 and it is called Hot Pink Heartbreak <3 it’s one of my favorites I am over the moon about sending her out into the world.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not yet, but I am feeling like a GVN Summer 2020 tour is in order. I want to get out and start meeting the wonderful people who make all of this possible!

What else is happening next in Georgia VanNewkirk’s world?

I am currently working on my debut album which has been my main focus for the last few months. This body of work means so much to me, so really perfecting each song has been my main priority. There will be a few new singles in the new year until then, so 2020! Is! Going! To! Be! Dope!


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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