Hi Georgia, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, thanks for having me! I’ve been pretty well; currently binging a lot of Grey’s Anatomy, and finishing up my senior year at college.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Anna”?
I wrote this song when I went back home to the UK when the pandemic first started. A friend of mine that I met at college, Philip Etherington, reached out to me, and we decided we wanted to work together on something (both big fans of each other’s work). I sent him a very rough outline of Anna, decided this was the one to try for, and Philip got back to me with a first production within a week. That was in August, and we officially finished the track in October, but most of the heart of the song happened in the first draft that Philip sent me.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Having spent much of the last few years on the East Coast of the US, going back home always brings back a lot of feelings, but I hadn’t spent so much time there in almost four years as I did this year. I had a lot of time to think about old memories. As the UK started to open up a bit more, I bumped into quite a few people I ‘used to know.’
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
For this track, no, but there is a video for an upcoming single!
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for Anna grew over the period of a couple weeks. I think I had the first verse and choruses down, pretty quickly, but I spent some time figuring out and editing the rest of the verses, and what messages I wanted to include in the details of each line. I wrote a bridge, I scrapped it, I wrote another, which turned into the string section which you can hear in the song. Recording wise, I recorded the lead guitar and vocals at home, as well as a couple guitar tracks on top of the choruses (the wah guitar over the choruses is the idea of those that stayed). Later after Philip’s first pass, I sent some vocal ‘oohs/aahs’ which you can hear in the second chorus of the track.
Which artists have influenced your writing and why?
Growing up, I loved artists such as Neil Young and Supertramp, to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Later into my teens I favored bands like Radiohead and The 1975, John Mayer and Jeff Buckley. Recently, I have really looked up to female artists such as Adrienne Lenker, Phoebe Bridgers and Haley Henderickx.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It does indeed – I have two singles ready to be released in preparation for a larger EP.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yea! The next single ‘Miomo,’ is set to be dropped on March 5th, and ‘Garden Pics’ sometime early April!
What else is happening next in Georgia Parker’s world?
Haha! Really I am just finishing up my degree, trying to stay sane in this weird period, and hopefully writing some more angsty music.