Singer-Songwriter and Producer GENEVE Discusses Her Latest Music, Plans For Future Releases and Much More!
Posted On 06 Sep 2018
Self-produced with effortlessly well-crafted and polished arrangements, Genève easily melds genres of ethereal electronic and pop. With hypnotic vocals, Genève entrances the listener from the very first moment, showcasing her vocal prowess with the intricate and playful melodies that intertwine within the synth production.
Originally from Germany, Genève got her start within the music industry at a young age, picking up the piano at the age of 6 and was singing even before she could talk. Growing up in a rural town in Northern California inspired her to delve deeply into her love of music, where she would constantly travel to nearby cities to watch her favorite artists perform. She began penning her own music in her early teens, and at that point, was fully committed to pursue music as more than a passion, but as a career. While studying and traveling throughout Europe and Asia, including a transformational trek through The Himalayas, Genève started to take a serious interest in production, on top of being singer-songwriter. After two years abroad, she made the decision to move to Los Angeles and focus solely on her music career.
Genève recently released her first single entitled “Constellations” in June 2016, which quickly garnered positive feedback from listeners in every major media channel, as well as front page placements on multiple blogs. Her growth both musically and spiritually, along with her travels, helped shape her message heard throughout her music; believing it is a message that is much needed at this time, a message of hope.
Genève is currently working on her 5-song EP, which is set for release later this year.
“Orbit” is her latest track and can be heard here:
Connect with Genève here:
Learn more about Genève in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you now? Is there music playing in the background?
Thank you for having me! I am currently poolside in Hollywood, and there are multiple different songs playing from different sources, including Summertime Sadness.
All Access Music is currently compiling a list of our artist’s favorite songs this summer so what has been your song of the summer?
Can I say Orbit? 😊Well, along with that, I would say “No Peace” by Sam Smith.
Overall, how do you think 2018 has been treating you and your career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it? Or did you already reach it?
2018 is my favorite year thus far, because it feels like all of the work I’ve put into my music is finally beginning to pay off. My main goal this year is to have successful releases of my first two singles, so with the release of ‘Orbit,’ I’m in the process of reaching it!
Growing up, was music always a big part of your life? Can you recall your first ever musical experience? Can you see yourself ever doing anything else?
Music and singing have always been a huge part of my life. The first memory I have of a musical experience is of me running around singing when I was 2-3 years old at my grandmother’s house in Ireland.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
As I’ve progressed, it’s been fascinating to see all the different elements that really go into being an artist, especially how prominently social media plays into it now. My strengths are not so much in this area, so it’s been an interesting challenge for me.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today? What is the music scene like where you are from in Germany?
I grew up listening to classic/contemporary rock and classical, but after moving back to Germany, I fell in love with electronic music, which is very prevalent there. Since being in LA and after producing more, I’ve also found new appreciation for pop and hip-hop, so I feel my music really pulls from all of these genres.
What was it like moving to Los Angeles from Germany? How do you think that affected your sound?
I feel when I was living in Europe, I was very influenced by electronic music, and that was also the style that I started producing. Since my time in LA, my sound has evolved into a more contemporary sound, which may have been influenced by the pop scene that is more prominent here. Though I do feel it was also just a natural evolution of me finding my ‘sound’ as an artist.
Let’s talk about your latest single, “Orbit.” What was the inspiration for this track? How do you think it compares to anything else that you have released? How have you continued to grow as an artist year after year?
The inspiration behind “Orbit” was the idea of a soul-deep love that we can have for another, but also reflects self-love. It is only the second single that I’ve released, the first was a more dance-inspired song called “Constellation.” “Orbit” is also upbeat, but I wanted it to have a more simplistic and relaxed vibe to it. The biggest way in which I’ve grown not just as an artist, but as a person as well, would be shedding the doubts that have cropped up over the years. Also, my abilities at writing/producing/singing have evolved, because even though one may have a natural affinity for something, it still requires practice and working at it to better oneself.
When do you hope to release more new music and a full album of new songs? How will your 5-song EP be different or similar to “Orbit”?
I plan on releasing one more single this year and then a third simultaneously with the EP release in the beginning of 2019. I expect to release a full-length album in the latter part of 2019. Some of the other songs on the EP are more ballad-like and carry different messages than “Orbit.” It will portray a wider spectrum of my musicality, but will remain cohesive.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period or is your music an escape from all that? Would you say that other musicians are making music that has been influenced by this climate?
I definitely feel other artists have been creating music about the current political climate. My music doesn’t directly speak of it nor is it an escape. It is simply a call for people to stand together rather than fight over differences. The only way to truly create change is to focus on hope and simply work towards creating the world we want to live in, rather than dwell on the negativity of what we do not want.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
Let’s just say social media has never been my strong point, so keeping up with it has been challenging. I am most content focusing on my artistry. I prefer connecting with people through live performances, because it’s much more personal and is the most rewarding feeling to connect at an individual level with everyone in the room.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
A few of my favorite artists right now are Blackmill, Queen, Sunlounger, Above & Beyond, SIA, Hans Zimmer and classical music. Their music helps stimulate my mind which in turn helps with my writing. I would love to work with any of these artists. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be possible for Freddie Mercury, but he still remains a big inspiration for me; he is my spirit animal!
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
I would take my computer with all my production software so I could endlessly create more music. 😊
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
Game of Thrones! Though I’m not sure if any of my existing songs would fit the vibe. I would just have to produce a new one for it.
Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about? What’s next on your agenda?
We are currently scheduling performances, which will be updated on social media once dates are confirmed. My next focus besides this is on the music video release for “Orbit,” and the second single release.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music?
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