BEYOND THE LINES: AN INTERVIEW WITH GEORGIA LINES

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Although the world around us is changing, our instinct to turn to music and creativity in such uncertain times, is only growing stronger. As Rumi once said, “Inside our houses, music never stops, the walls are made of songs and the floor dances.” And thankfully, he was right. The music hasn’t stopped and neither has the kiwi singer-songwriter, Georgia Lines. Gracing us with the release of her self-titled debut EP, a stunning masterpiece of pop perfection that we can obsess over during our time at home, and beyond.

Two weeks on from releasing her debut EP into the world, and Georgia hopes it’s helping people feel a sense of joy and light-heartedness amongst the current chaos. “There’s so many facets that are really unknown right now, we’ve all been affected in some way, and I’d love for these songs to allow people to take everything off their minds and have some fun, even if just for a moment. We’re all trying to figure this out together.”

Creating an anticipating lead up with the staggering release of singles from the EP over the past ten months, the Georgia Lines EP in its entirety, has been a long and exciting time coming for fans, and a long journey in learning to trust oneself creatively, for Georgia.

“For a long time, I cared too much about what other people thought. I had this pressure and expectation of what I thought everyone wanted from me creatively, and I didn’t want to fail,” she confessed. “Because of that pressure I placed on myself, I held onto things for a really long time, and within that process, my songs became stale. They were a great representation of who I was four years ago, but when revisited, they just didn’t represent me and where I’m at now as an artist, so I ended up scrapping over ninety percent of the material I first took into the studio with me, for the EP.”

“Nobody had ever made me feel like I couldn’t trust myself, but I love collaborating, and I think I relied too much on that collaboration and making sure that everybody was throwing their ten cents in. So for, me it became more about learning to trust my own creative instinct, and believing that I could make a decision on my own, and not have to rely on ten people to tell me my idea is great, before I believe it actually is. It was about finding a balance between wanting something to be perfect, feeling proud of what I’ve achieved, and trying not to care about what people think, to the extent where it stops me from releasing anything.”

On collaboration, four of the five tracks that make up Georgia’s EP stemmed from her collaboration with Abel Orta Jnr, a producer from Houston, Texas, Georgia confessed was a key part of the process to her restarting the EP. Whilst the remaining track, Never Had Love, was written with long time friend Mark Perkins (Merk) and Shannon Fowler. “Having Abel to interpret my ideas and random left field thoughts and just working with me, was great, he’s very talented at what he does. As for Mark, we have been friends since we were kids, we had no intention of writing for the EP, we just wanted to see what would happen, then we wrote and recorded Never Had Love together in one day.”

As for inspiration when writing, Goergia revealed it predominantly sparks from what she’s feeling, experiencing or working through and what those around her are saying, although in isolation, both inspiration and writing look a little different. Whilst working on new material, Georgia is focusing on not forcing creativity when she doesn’t feel like it. “My process right now is just me sitting in my studio trying to create without the expectation that it has to be something that will be huge on radio or that people will love. I’m trying to unscrew the jar again, and allow myself to start creating again, because I’ve been in my EP for such a long time, and now it’s released, it’s time to start the cycle all over again.”

It’s Georgia’s love of chords that has her gravitating to the piano first when songwriting, although she’s been using her time in isolation to perfect her skills on Ableton to spark inspiration. “I’ve been picking out random sounds on Ableton that inspire some sort of train of thought and then running with that. But I tend to write the chords and melody first and then the lyrics often come at the end.”

Lyrically and musically, there’s no denying, My Love, is Georgia’s favourite track on the EP. “I’ve been set on that song for such a long time,” she confidently declared. “For me, it really captures the emotion musically that I was writing from lyrically, and I feel like it carries a beautiful, emotional journey. Whenever I hear it, I still feel like I’m in the moment of that song in terms of what I wrote it about,” giving a special nod to her favourite moment – the lead up to what really is a remarkable instrumental section.

It’s not only lyrically and musically that Georgia’s EP takes the listener on an emotional journey through the shades of modern life and love however, her growing collection of remarkable visuals are also unforgettably mesmerising in their own right. Her latest visuals for Same Things proving no different.

Putting a lot of research into directors before moving forward with the production of a video, Georgia revealed it’s important for her to work with those that she can whole-heartedly trust creatively. Petra Cibilich, the director of the Same Things video, being one of those people. “I felt like Petra really understood what I loved and wanted to do creatively, which is also what I felt when working with Cam Neate who I collaborated with for the Vacant Cities and Never Had Love videos. The concept for Vacant Cities came through a lot of ideas Cam and I bounced between each other, whereas for Never Had Love and similarly Same Things with Petra, they pitched various concepts to me that I loved and decided to run with,” allowing Georgia to focus on her main priority of how she herself, as the artist, is portrayed within a video.

Looking forward as an artist, Georgia understands times are still uncertain. “I think one of the biggest challenges is having to adapt the way you’re thinking. For new artists that are trying to navigate their way in this industry and trying to release music, it’s definitely a difficult time. We’re all having to re-think how we release music, how we write and collaborate with others and how we break down the barrier where people can’t come and see us play live. It’s a challenge, but it doesn’t feel unachievable, it’s just forcing us to think outside of the box and question how we engage with people that are listening to our music in a way that is through technology and being creative with it.”

“Depending on what the next few months look like, I think we just have to adapt, which is exciting, because when else do we get to re-frame how the world looks? There is a lot of uncertainty in the world and it’s scary, but there is also a lot of beautiful things happening within it,which is amazing. People are having to slow down and the busyness of life that usually crowds out everything is actually having to stop, and in a weird way, the world is healing right now.

Using this time to up skill her musical and technical talents, Georgia can promise that new music is definitely on the way, perhaps another EP or even an album, and once it’s safe again, shows will likely be on the cards. But in the meantime? It’s Ableton, piano grades, re-organising the house, painting, of course baking and listening to playlists including tunes from Antony Jeffares, Emily King and HAIM.

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