Georgi Kay

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

What do you think makes you stand out from other artists and what makes your music stand out?

I think what makes me stand out the most from other artists is the fact that I’m not just a singer, songwriter and performer – I do all the behind-the-scenes creative work, too.
I record and produce all my own music, create the visual content and graphic designs for all my releases, show posters and merch designs, write and release my newsletters to my fans, all whilst being the head of my own independent label, too.
I have a very small and selective team that I work with on the business side of things – which leaves me completely restriction-free when it comes to the creative side of my work.

I am a lone wolf, one-man army, jack of all trades kind of artist.

 

When did you decide that music was going to be the career you continued with for the rest of your life and what made you come to that decision?

I was in a rock band in high school with a bunch of mates. Our singer left, so the rest of us played a game of pick up sticks – whoever chose the shortest stick would be our new singer.
By chance I chose the shortest stick, so I had to sing.
I already shared lead/rhythm guitar parts with one of my mates in the band, so that’s how that guitar playing singer/songwriter chapter of my music career began.

I wasn’t one of those kids who dreams of being a performer or an artist. In fact, music wasn’t one of my passions at all, it was more of a hobby I had picked up and enjoyed dabbling in because my father’s musically inclined background inspired and influenced me to do so.
I enjoyed learning about music from him – he has such an eclectic taste, it’s wonderful.

What started as a hobby and pastime high school fun and form of release, ended up leading me on a path of various successes and thumbs up from respected and established artists and members of the Australian (and international) music industry across the years.
I was doing well, I was exploring and creating what I wanted to – so I sort of just stuck with it.

 

Other than musicians who would you say is your biggest inspiration?

Authors and film directors. I love films and novels, especially sci-fi/dystopian genres. They are a personal favourite of mine, and works from those genres have inspired and influenced my music and soundscape in many, many ways.

 

Do you believe in luck? Do you have anything that brings you luck or rituals you do before a gig etc?

Yes and no. I believe in fate and destiny. That our paths are somewhat already carved out for us, from womb to tomb. Yet I also believe when we reach certain points or forks in the road within our lives, it is up to us as individuals to either seize an opportunity and run with it, or pass it by. I believe there is no wrong or right choice, but rather a predestined series of chain-reactions and inevitable paths. I have felt lucky before, but I have also known I was deserving of that “luck”, because I worked hard and I kept a forever open mind to the opportunities and possibilities that lay before me.

Did you enjoy music at school and were you any good?

I enjoyed rock band practice after school, but I did not enjoy music classes during school hours. They were extremely intimidating, and I felt pressured to perform in front of large groups of people, not even knowing at this point if I could sing in tune or not. I tried to skip those classes as much as possible, for I believe music is a form of expression and freedom, not to be constricted, shaped and trained into something you can manipulate and shed judgement on.
I remember there were a fair few classmates who could sing perfectly in tune with heavily developed classically trained singing voices – yet there was not an ounce of heart and soul in their voice. Not a trace. It was almost stale and lifeless. Then there were others who weren’t always in tune, but had the most beautiful tones and timbres, soulful and full of heart and passion. So, my idea and opinion of what sounds ‘good’ could be very different from someone else’s.

 

Pick a song of yours and tell us the story of how it was written and what the song is about?

My latest single, ‘Gasoline’ is one of my favourites. It’s about reflecting back on a relationship that once started pure and loving, but ended somewhat toxic and wrong. It’s about the healthy viewpoint of seeing an isolated event in an objective and honest way – where no one person involved is to blame, but rather both are the reason it evolved into the shape it was to become.
So many breakup and ended relationship songs tend to point the finger at one of the persons involved in the relationship, but very rarely do they sing from the perspective that both people encouraged and enabled and allowed each other to treat and be treated in the way they were and did. All relationships are a two-way street, and it is important to be mindful and respectful of that.

Hence the line – ‘Don’t love me because you think it’s right, the house we built is burning down, you were the flame and I was the gasoline.’

What was the 1st performance you did in front of people and what was your first gig you did and can tell you tell us about it?

The first performance I ever did was with my high school rock band. I played a bit of lead guitar and rhythm guitar, my friend who played the other guitar and I would swap roles, depending on what song we were playing in the set.
The first gig we played might’ve been either a Christmas street fair or in front of the school and parents on a music evening.

 

What does music mean to you?

A form of expression, therapy, release, self-exploration, escapism, a means to connect and empathise with others.

 

Take us through a day when you are writing or recording?

I’ll wake up, hang out with Jack my cat, make some coffee and journal.
Check emails, maybe watch an episode or two of something dark or sci-fi, or go for a morning walk/hike around the neighbourhood or nearby trail.
Anything to get me moving and wake me up fully.

Then I’ll set up my keyboard and start creating soundscapes or start recording vocals if I have them ready to record. Other times I may even sing melodies in the shower or whilst I’m doing something around the house. Inspiration can come at any time, which is what makes each day different from the last.

What would you like to achieve in the next year?

Release multiple singles, work on my sophomore album, release my sci-fi novel and start working on my other novel and short story ideas, make more merch and collaborate with other artists on limited edition pieces, work on my graphic design art to showcase at an exhibition – lots of creative behind-the-scenes projects.

 

What one thing could you not live without and why?

My notebooks and journals. That’s where I jot down all my ideas and business plans, stream of consciousness thoughts and sketches. Without a place to physically project my thoughts and feelings, I’d never be able to attain that feeling of release. It is so important for me to empty and spill out my ideas from within, so that I can make room for more ideas of a new and evolved nature. This process is how I progress and grow as both an artist and as an individual.

 

Take us through a rough timeline of your career so far and what would you consider to be your personal highlights and achievements?

It’s quite the timeline. To put things simply, I followed one of many possible directions of living and self-expression as a singer/songwriter and artist.

I won many awards and gained many accolades around the world.

I have toured with some of music’s biggest and most gifted artists (and the loveliest), and I wrote and sung on one of the world’s biggest EDM anthems that became the biggest global dance song not once but twice over, crossing over 1 billion streams worldwide.


I’ve written for various artists, TV shows, films and have even made my acting debut on a multi-award-winning TV series (you can watch it on Netflix, it’s called ‘Top Of The Lake’).

I signed with a major record label who showed me what the real music industry is like, both great and not so great experiences, yet all experiences I am extremely thankful and grateful for, for they have helped shape me into the artist and individual I am today.
From there, I created my own label, signed myself and released whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I gained back my creative autonomy, deciding to branch out and dabble in creating in other mediums of art (photography, graphic design, drawing, novel-writing).

What comes next will be nothing short of exciting and wonderful.

 

If you had to write an advert to advertise your act and your music what would it say?

Like good music? Well then don’t listen to Georgi.
Her music is awful, and her voice is quite shit.
Definitely don’t listen to her new single ‘Gasoline’, it’s not even worth half a star.
Voted worst artist of the decade by both NME and Rolling Stone, Georgi’s music is nothing short of atrocious and profoundly jarring.
Although, if you like decaying slowly from the inside out and watching as your ears bleed profusely, this may just be the right music for you.

What is your favourite way to listen to music and do you ever listen to your own music?

High quality headphones or vinyl is the way to go. I love the depth and richness of noise-cancelling headphones designed to emphasise bass sounds (as I am naturally drawn to lower end frequencies), coupled with the stark difference of good old warm and nostalgic vinyl.
There’s something about the space recorded in the vocal takes off of vinyl records that makes time-travelling whilst listening so easy to accomplish.

Who would you have to play you in a film about your life and career and what would the plot of the film be?

Charlotte Gainsbourg or to shake things up a little, Timothee Chalamet.
The plot starts with me in my human form (mid 20’s), before I stumble across a mysterious time portal that leads me to an alternate dimension where I become a talking cat and must save the world from total annihilation.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Florence Pugh play my human sidekicks, whilst Rebel Wilson, Rihanna and Brigette Lundy-Paine play three alien witch sisters attempting to dominate and reign over the entire galaxy.

It’s a sci-fi comedy, peppered with extremely odd and sometimes jarring moments, with a hint of graphic and brutal fight scenes. Y’know, to keep things fresh.

 

If you had to change image,genre of music and just reinvent yourself, what would you do?

I’m actually thinking of doing it for a side project, so I can’t give away much other than it will look and sound dark, deep and dangerous.

What has been one thing you have done during your music career that you regret or wish you could go back and change?What would it be and why?

No regrets. Every experience is of value.

 

How has Covid 19 affected you?

It’s been pretty much like what we perceived regular life to be prior to the virus hitting.
Sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes coasting in-between those two states.
It’s just a little more intense and emphasised, but manageable and even enjoyable at times once you work past the strangeness and limbo-like sensation of it all.
The only thing I do miss is being able to travel. To get to visit my family back in Australia and to see the world and all the beauty and wonder it has to offer. I think I miss that the most.

 

Can you give us a rundown of all the music related things you have been upto in the past couple of month and what we can expect for the future?

During quarantine/the pandemic I’ve been working on new music releases, dark covers of old classics for film and TV placement, creating/collaborating and lining up new merch for upcoming release and working on my production and mixing chops.
It’s been very fun and enjoyable thus far, with a balanced blend of exhaustion and demotivation at times. It’s been quite the challenge and has helped me focus on self-discipline, motivation, healthy living and creative drive, whilst still carving out time to enjoy myself and let myself feel what I need to feel, when I feel it. Care and treatment of the self is so important, especially during a time where no-one and nothing is dictating your life for you – it’s up to you to push yourself and keep fuelling your fire.