RENDEZVOUS: A Quick Catch Up With Georgia June
"I try not to think about the possibility of failure, I just go into things with the perspective that there is no chance of failing and that there is no going back now. I don’t know if that’s a good way to think about things, but that’s how I’ve always been, just super determined..."
Georgia June create infectious pop-rock that is both crisp and meaningful. With three incredibly strong singles under their belt, they've already carved their own unique sound, with a lyrical social commentary that is playful, intelligent and aware. We caught up with frontwoman Georgia June to chat about recording in NYC, her impressive fearlessness and their forthcoming EP.
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We’ve had your song ‘Pressure’ on repeat for quite a while now. Can you tell us a bit about the recording process for that track?
It was recorded in NYC whilst I was over there for my gap year! It was produced by Ayad Al Adhamy and Joel Wittenberg at Diamond City Studios, they’re really great guys who completely understood what I wanted the track to feel and sound like. I wanted it to be a lot more 80s pop than ‘Cool’ and ‘Broke’, and a bit more dance-like.
Your voice has a real air of confidence to it. When did you properly start singing/realise you had such a strong voice?
I started singing from 4 years old and started lessons around that time as well! So I’ve been doing it for a while, I really loved it and when I was younger I was such a self-conscious kid, so music really helped that, because it felt like I had found something I was good at. From then, I just kept entering small talent shows in my area and performing at fundraising events, then that eventually turned into cafes, pubs and now being in a band.
The three tracks you’ve released so far, all sort of speak to the constraints/expectations placed on us by society. Would you say your songs are an outlet for that frustration? Is music a way of voicing them?
Definitely! I think that when I’m writing I don’t always have explicit thoughts of the end goal of the songs, but to some extent I know where they should sit in the spectrum of meaningfulness, and whether a track is meant to be a reflection of society or constraints. Other times, the song is purely meant to be an expression of my personal emotions.
You’ve spent a bit of time recording in New York. Do you think it’s important to move around to remain inspired, or does Sydney keep you inspired in its own right?
I love Sydney, and love my life here, but I’m someone who needs constant change because I get bored of routines, people and places really easily- which sounds horrible, but I love new adventures and meeting new people. I think it’s more so new experiences that help keep me inspired, being exposed to different people and outlooks broadens my own knowledge and keeps the inspiration flowing.
Often it takes a while to work up the courage to put yourself on the line creatively and pursue your passions. But you’re only 18/19 and you’ve already been extremely proactive in chasing your dreams. Do you have that fear factor? How do you overcome that?
It’s pretty scary, but I try not to think about the possibility of failure, so I just go into things with the perspective that there is no chance of failing and that there is no going back now. I don’t know if that’s a good way to think about things, but that’s how I’ve always been, just super determined and I try and be positive about everything.
Who are some local musicians that you're loving at the moment?
There are so many! Standouts are definitely Rackett, Mossy, Sunscreen and Moody Beach.
I’ve heard you have a very energetic live show. What do you want people to feel when they walk away from a Georgia June gig?
Happy, comfortable and glad they came! I know that I personally get off stage wanting to do the whole thing over again, we give each other big sweaty hugs lol. I really do hope people enjoy the show, because that’s our favourite part of the music we make, seeing people also love it.
You’re set to release your debut EP in just a few months. What can we expect to hear?
We want to encapsulate our live energy into the EP, so essentially you feel like you’re right there with us, playing the music. I think the EP sonically will be the middle ground between Broke and Pressure - 80s melodies and guitars but keeping the punki-ness of the 90s.
Finally, you obviously have an ear for music. How do you go on the dance floor?
I think it’s definitely a hit or miss depending on what your idea of good dancing is! I can definitely do the classics like the shopping trolley and the sprinkler and it stops just about there.