New Zealand Singer-Songwriter GEORGIA LINES Opens Up About Her Latest Single ‘No One Knows,’ Life in Her Home Country and More!
Meet that New Zealand rising act Georgia Lines! Her newest single, “No One Knows” was released a few months ago on April 16th. The singer possesses a singer/songwriter heart, wrapped in a slick layer of sophisticated, R&B-tinged pop. The discovery of her soulful vocal ability and songwriting nous during her teenage years has sealed Georgia’s fate as one of New Zealand’s most promising new solo artists.
Co-written and produced by the award-winning Djeisan Suskov (BENEE, Matthew Young, Mitch James, LEISURE), “No One Knows” sets the scene for the year ahead and follows the 2020 release of Georgia’s debut self-titled EP, which contained the hit singles “My Love,” “Vacant Cities” and “Never Had Love.” Despite the challenges of releasing a record in a pandemic, the EP went on to be streamed more than 1.5 million times on Spotify and drew a legion of new fans to Georgia’s impressive ability to create a catchy melody and tell stories that express the complexity of humanness in an uplifting way.
Check out the video for “No One Knows” here:
When asked about the above music video, Georgia Lines explains, “Working with one of New Zealand’s best directors Alexander Gander has been an amazing experience and feels like it has taken the song to another level. Georgia also got to work with Chelsey Jade who choreographed the dance. Alexander has directed all of Chelsea videos so having that team behind me on this one has made the whole experience so much fun.”
With each new release, Georgia Lines showcases her ever evolving craft and creative palette. She fills spaces with her soulful, dream-like vocals, and distinctive feel-good R&B-sprinkled pop. Georgia has an impressive ability to create a catchy melody, as well as lyrical prowess and natural poise. She weaves together stories that express the complexity of humanness in an uplifting way. This is why her music has resonated with so many. The visual elements of her musical projects are equally as exciting as her music. The discovery of her soulful vocal ability and song writing nous during her teenage years has sealed Georgia’s fate as one of New Zealand’s most promising new solo artists.
Learn more about Georgia Lines in the following All Access interview:
So what has this past year been like for you and your music? How are/ did you get through the pandemic? Are things opening up now where you are? How do you feel about that? Did you get vaccinated yet?
It’s been a strange and wonderful year. Obviously living in the middle of a pandemic has been strange and such uncharted territory for all of us, but wonderful in terms of finally releasing music (I released my debut EP the first week of lockdown here in NZ). Things have opened up here in NZ and there is a rollout of vaccines happening at the moment, but I am yet to get one. The plan is to get one when they become available to the general public later on this year. As for how I’m feeling; I feel incredibly privileged to live in NZ right now. I know that a huge chunk of the world is still facing the pandemic and just trying to get through. So I’m feeling incredibly grateful to be here and taking each day as it comes but also really miss my family who don’t live here in NZ.
Let’s talk about your newest single, “No One Knows.” What was the inspiration for this song? How creatively involved were you with the making of the music video? What was it like working with one of New Zealand’s best directors, Alexander Gander?
No One Knows seems to morph and change meaning for me every time I listen. But if I boil it down, it’s all about expectations and my struggle with people pleasing. It was so amazing working with Alexander Gander! He is so incredibly creative and has such a brilliant way of bringing ideas to life. One of the things I loved about working with Alexander was that he was all about collaborating and sharing ideas from the get go, which in turn made me feel like I could trust him completely. The concept was all him! Even though he would check in with me at different stages of the process to make sure I was happy and to see if I had ideas/thoughts and opinions, the trust was there and I loved the direction he was heading in – so I just loved working with him and seeing it all come to life.
How would you say that “No One Knows” compares to anything else that you have released before? How is it different or similar to your 2020 debut self-titled EP?
I feel like No One Knows is in a similar vein to what I have done in the past, in the way that it isn’t drastically different to my previous songs. But the biggest difference for me is that lyrically and sonically it feels a little more grown up and mature. Lyrically I feel like I gave myself permission to write more honestly and to share what I actually thought instead of being afraid of what people might think and avoid the internal processing and conversation all together. (Ironically the whole song is about my struggle with people pleasing)
Do you have plans to put out more new singles soon and/or a brand new album?
Yes! I’m currently working on finishing a bunch of new singles which will roll out this year which is so exciting!
What are some upcoming live performances that you are looking forward to now that concerts are slowly coming back? Where would you love to perform at? What do you think makes a perfect show for you?
I’m really looking forward to a gig in July called TUAWAHINE which is an incredible line-up of iconic kiwi female artists, here in NZ playing at the Civic in Auckland. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of the event and I think its going to be such a special evening. Once the boarders open up here in NZ I would love to come over to the USA to play some shows! As for specific venues, The Hollywood Bowl would be a bucket list venue for me. Every show always looks different, which is something I love, but in terms of a perfect show I love a responsive crowd who are engaged throughout the whole gig.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out?
I can’t recall the specific moment, cause it felt like many moments snowballing into that decision. But in my final year of High-school I won a national songwriting/performing contest here in NZ called SmokeFree RockQuest which was a pretty big deal at the time. That was a big moment for me affirming and giving me a push in the direction of pursing music as a career. For me, I’ve always been really determined to make a career out of music and been super motivated by my love for music. Motivation has definitely come in waves over the years, but overall I love what I do and have always wanted to work hard to create music that I’m deeply proud of.
If you weren’t an artist today, could you see yourself doing anything else? What is something else interesting/funny you are good at?
To be honest, if I wasn’t doing music I would have no clue what I would be doing – I’ve never had a plan B. Not sure if it is funny or interesting but I currently hold the 1.20 bike record at my gym. I’m secretly super competitive and was so determined to get the record, so I pushed myself so hard to get it. I didn’t actually manage to get myself up from the ground till 10mins after I finished and only left in an hurry because I vomited on my way out and kept vomiting all the way back to my car.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest surprise for me has been the amount of support from fans I receive every time I release something new. It blows my mind seeing how many times people have streamed my music and seem to love what I do – I am so incredibly grateful! An unexpected challenge for me is learning to love and be present through all the moments that making music my career brings. There are so many exciting moments, but also so many mundane ones and I’m constantly trying to be present and really enjoy all of the moments, and not let myself get to bogged down with stress. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and feel stressed… especially in the really busy seasons, but I’m learning to enjoy it and find rhythms and routines to help me manage the stress and enjoy the journey.
What do you think of the power of social media? How active are you on it all? Do you enjoy or have trouble keeping up with it all?
Social media is a weird one for me. I find it so hard to keep up with it all, in terms of remembering to post and stay active on my page. But I spend so many hours on it which is something I’m working on reducing… eek! It is a powerful tool, which when its used well… and with boundaries, it is a tool that connects you to fans all over the world and is a significant part of building a brand/ business. But, I do struggle with the comparison and the warped reality it creates for so many of us!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
My hope is that people always feel a sense of honesty through my songs, but also that they feel a sense of lightness and fun to what I do too.