There was a time when musical chameleon, Georgi Kay felt isolated. Her escape has always been music and to her - it's therapeutic. She is an unstoppable force who's ready to share her voice with the world.
You probably already know her from her past tours with Alpine, Clubfeet and Ed Sheeran. She has also won an ARIA award and has collaborated with some impressive names in the industry.
We sat down with the Kay to talk about her music predictions, her inspiration and of course, her new single 'God Of A Girl.'
In a nutshell, how did your journey in music begin?
GK: Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been into music, creative writing and story-telling.
It wasn’t until I won the 2010 WAM Song Of The Year award with my original song ‘Breakfast In Bedlam’ that I realised that singing, songwriting and music in general was my calling.
What kind of music do you listen to today?
GK: Mostly dark or euphoric beats, because that’s my general vibe.
Can you tell us about your new single God Of A Girl? What was the inspiration behind it?
GK: Being a loyal follower of Stephen King’s novels and sci fi/horror films in general, I decided to watch the film adaptations of ‘Carrie’ (both the 1976 and 2013 remake). I was immediately drawn to Carrie’s character.
That isolated part of me related to Carrie ... thus the idea of ‘God Of A Girl’ was formed – the story of a victim looking in the mirror and imagining that in her mind and in her world she was the complete opposite – an unstoppable force of power, impervious to pain and frighteningly beautiful. A God of a girl.
You are super busy juggling both music and an acting career. How do you handle the workload?
GK: Currently I’m not pursuing acting at all. I’m focusing solely on my music and what I represent as both a human being and an artist. There’s so much going on in the music world anyway – so I’m very happy keeping it simple. For now anyway!
What feelings or emotions are you trying to evoke with your music?
GK: Real ones! Raw and genuine. I guess because I’m not very good at showing my emotions face to face, I seek solace in writing and singing my songs – because they’re from the heart and soul. And I feel like that’s my way of expressing how I truly feel about love, life and everything in between. The whole process is very therapeutic for me.
What has been a highlight in your career so far?
GK: Definitely my ARIA award and Grammy nomination. Those are amazing achievements that I’m very proud of and grateful for – especially at such an early stage in my career.
Acting in and being part of the soundtrack in Jane Campion’s mini series ‘Top Of The Lake’ was a pretty incredible experience too. Definitely a highlight!
What are your music predictions?
GK: I like that production and songwriting are complimenting each other more in songs now, radio-played or otherwise.
A song should be one lone entity, with the music aiding the melody and lyrics – and vice versa. I’ve been so turned off by a lot of music in the past because of its 10% music and 90% vocals ratio. It’s often too much information and to be honest, less is more.
It’s nice to hear space in a song – let both the soundscape and the vocals breathe. It’s already beginning to happen in commercial radio, just listen to MO or Justin Bieber’s latest work - so I’m looking forward to hearing more of this vibe.
What is the one thing the music industry has taught you?
GK: Follow your passion – you’re the only one driving it and you’re the only one who’s going to love it as much as you do.
Don’t ever let others opinions shake you – unless they’re the opinions of those whom you look up to and respect.
When they’re valid and you can choose whether you wish to take them on board or not. But at the end of the day you must always stay true to yourself.
What advice do you have for aspiring young artists?
GK: Collaborate with other artists. Take risks and learn from your mistakes. Be bold and be brave, explore and experiment until you find your vibe. But most of all – stay focused, stay humble and have fun!
GK: Well! After releasing ‘God Of A Girl’ the next step is the release of the ‘God Of A Girl (Crash Acid Remix)’ by my good friend, DJ and insanely talented musician, Virgil Howe. After that comes the single off the ‘ORIGINS’ EP – ‘More Than This’.
I’m currently working on the music video edit and I’ve got a great remix of the track coming out in the clubs too.
Then comes the full EP with all 5 songs – inspired by my love for sci-fi/horror films and visuals, as well as past experiences in toxic and difficult relationships – both romantic and otherwise. Plus I’ve got a much-needed trip back to LA after Christmas, so I’m very excited for that!
I’m really pumped to hear what everyone thinks of my EP ‘ORIGINS’ as it unfolds over the next couple of months. I can’t wait.
'God Of A Girl' is available now on iTunes or for free download from Georgi Kay's website www.georgikay.com.