Making waves throughout the Australian music scene since forming in 2017, the fiercely DIY Sydney outfit Georgia June are about to take over the world with their infectious energy, attitude and new found vulnerability. Stealing our hearts with the release of singles, ‘Prove Myself,’ and ‘Try Again,’ in 2019, the start of the new decade provided a taste of something new from the quintet, an emotional and heart-wrenching ode to grief and gratitude titled, ‘Baby Blue.’ After spending the better part of the past year establishing their sound, it appears their maturity has taken a leap in the process and with the release of their debut album inching closer, it won’t be long until everybody knows just who Georgia June are.
So we had a chat with Georgia herself to find out more..
For those that may not have heard of Georgia June before, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves…
There are five of us, we make indie pop music and hang out a lot. Collectively speaking we love ramen and Steely Dan.
I have to confess my love for the Georgia June Diary Room. Can you tell us more about how this series came to be?
I was racking my brain trying to create a platform where we can talk about each other and make it into a mini series of sorts. I was watching Big Brother bloopers and thought we could somehow emulate the way the contestants air their grievances.
Your previous releases thus far are very raw and emotional, tackling everything from toxic friendships to the pressures youth face, and now, grief and gratitude. How do you approach writing about such vulnerable topics?
I’m not sure if I could write without feeling vulnerable. It’s such an emotional process for me, writing lyrics and melodies, I’d say I’m a super upbeat person and through music I let all the excess negative stuff out. I usually write the skeleton of the song and take it to the boys, from there we map out a sonic direction and try to figure out what we want it to be.
You’ve previously described ‘Try Again’ and ‘Baby Blue’ as two of the hardest songs you’ve ever written – Would you say writing is a very cathartic experience for you and what was the hardest element to tackle when it came to penning those two tracks?
Definitely, I think that ‘Baby Blue’ and ‘Try Again’ come from an emotional place that I’ve only recently tapped into, I’m not sure I knew it was there! Moving forward all the songs we have been writing have become more honest and vulnerable. ‘Try Again’ is about a toxic friendship that I had tried to convince myself was healthy for a long time, even to this day, the friendship continues because I’m such a people pleaser, but unravelling and admitting that it was terrible is something I had never done before. Writing ‘Baby Blue’ didn’t take long at all, but finishing it was devastating because I had to let go of the person who the song is about, the friend who passed away.
The music video for ‘Baby Blue’ is also very emotional. Can you talk us through how it came together?
Harry Welsh directed the video and from the minute he heard the song without knowing the context immediately sensed the visual of a road. Welsh built the story line of two women being ambiguously connected through grief. I fell in love with everything Harry envisioned and we were lucky to have a super team around the entire process, Ben Lindberg was the cinematographer, we were able to get a grip on a car and use stunning wide landscapes.
Both Harry Welsh and Ben Lindberg have worked with some big names in Australian Music, what was it like working with them?
Oh they are honestly brilliant. Both of them work perfectly off each other, they both have this professionalism and calmness to their presence that creates a set where everyone has a common goal, which is to evoke the emotion that the song deserves.
Is there any kind of message or idea you hope people take away from listening to ‘Baby Blue?’
I hope it makes listeners feel nostalgic and a love for their close ones. I hope it is a full body experience and something you blast in your car!
Would you say ‘Try Again’ and ‘Baby Blue’ are an accurate representation of what we could expect from your forthcoming debut album?
Yes and No! I think those two tracks definitely capture the music that we are currently creating for the future, but what will be released on the album is more representative of the time that it was made. Some songs still resonate with us, but a lot of it we have let go of which is why it’ll be a sense of relief when they get released. ‘Try Again’ and ‘Baby Blue’ is the spectrum of sound we hope to sit in for future releases.
Speaking of, how is the album coming together? Is there anything else you can tell us about it..
We have been lucky enough to work with quite a few different people on it, Phan Sjarif, Jack Moffit and Jonathan Tooke were all involved in the production. It was recorded at Parliament studios in Leichardt, which is the place where we have been rehearsing and writing every week for two years, there’s a bunch of studios in the complex and a lot of Sydney bands also use the space. It’s great to have a sense of community and friendships that shape the way you grow as musicians. We’re hoping to release the record in a couple of months!
The Australian music scene really does seem to be thriving right now. What makes you most proud to be a part of that scene?
We are proud to be a tiny blimp in the Australian music scene mainly because of all the inspiring artists/bands that are working beside us! We’ve met some of our lifelong friends in this industry and we have such a long way to go but it’s nice to know we’re all chipping away at our dreams.
It is a pretty uncertain time in the world right now, do you have any hot tips on how to keep yourself entertained for those that are self-isolating or in quarantine?
I’m glad you asked – We are a restless bunch but there’s been solace in creating new music. Cooking, knitting, reading and I’m sure learning TikToks are on the way, but we haven’t spiralled down that hole just yet. It’s tricky but we have faith that we will get through it and lots of hugs will be on the other side.
What is your take on everybody taking to live streaming performances on social media during this time?
I think it’s a sign that everyone is willing to adapt to continue to support music! It’s such a humbling feeling seeing so many people on social media wanting to see bands/artists performing and making do with the social circumstances that we are in.
Do you have any great song suggestions that we should be adding to our playlists?
The new Lapsley album is AMAZING! I’ve also been rinsing the King Krule and Men I Trust records, definitely worth listening through.
Lastly, what’s in store for Georgia June for the rest of 2020?
The day that we can start playing shows again, we will be trying to play as many shows as physically possible. Playing live is the BEST feeling, without it, it’s like a permanent come down. We’re in the middle of rescheduling the ‘Baby Blue’ tour so hopefully we can lock that in soon, as well as a bunch of other shows/festivals.