We covered California based Australian singer Georgia Mae a few weeks ago, with her single, ‘Girl Next Door‘. Now she’s back with a new track, ‘Fools’, which was released on September 27.
The upbeat track has an EDM/pop under-current which will get everyone up and dancing, with a beautiful music video shot in and around the beaches of Southern California, created by Danny McShane, who’s made her previous clips. You can stream it on Spotify.
Speaking of the track, Georgia Mae said,
“I was going for a luscious soundscape with focused compelling beats. Raw unfiltered emotion is really important to me too. Empowering. All-encompassing energy. Honest, reflective, vulnerable lyrics. The track’s made from organic sounds to give it a solid/interesting/distinguishable vibe in the pop world. And just in general, this song marks the first of many where I’ve felt a shift as a songwriter in that I feel like I can be more vulnerable with my story-telling. Being about heartbreak and mistakes in love, I wanted to emphasize the feeling of loneliness in expansive environments, but ultimately transition into a feeling of empowerment. Nature has always healed pain for me so it was an ode to that.”
To coincide with the release of ‘Fools’, we asked Georgia Mae six quick questions.
EP: How does an Australian singer end up in LA? What’s the Georgia Mae story?
GM: I guess I’ve always had a tie to the US – my father and his whole side of the family are from San Diego. But my LA story started a few weeks after I graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium; I was working with a producer in LA at the time so flew over with a bunch of music and managed to land work writing for TV while I met with other artists/producers and got my bearings. Moving my whole life to LA at that point was a bit premature so I ended up spending the next year or so back in Australia working remotely and building up my artist project. In 2017, I did the big move but to San Francisco first – I somehow managed to score a job in Sound Design at Skywalker Sound (like…you’d just casually bump into George Lucas at lunch, what even?!). Then about six months ago, LA was calling so I finally made the move to focus solely on music.
EP: Who’s your inspirations musically, and personally?
GM: I reckon our sources of inspiration are ever-evolving, but at the moment, I’m getting a lot out of Ariana Grande and Troye Sivan’s new albums, Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ is insane, Halsey, Childish Gambino, I’m obsessed with John Mayer, Lorde, Tove Styrke, Taylor Swift is my freaking hero, Julia Michaels, Sia, I will never say never to Biebs, Flume…and bands like Radiohead, Chilli Peppers, Coldplay, Floyd, Opeth, Smashing Pumpkins and Zeppelin shaped a lot of my growth as a musician…I definitely don’t stick to one genre when it comes to musical inspiration, rather, view pop music as a structural guide and seek out whatever else tells a story well. And personally, my parents will always be my biggest inspiration. Hands down.
EP: What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given as regards your music career? And what about the worst?
GM: Nothing without hard work. My high school motto has proved it’s worth over the years! And also to be authentic. It’s easy to get caught up in trends or what’s popular/not popular but I think if you stay true to what’s unique and different about you as an artist, your music will always be relevant and meaningful. And it’s not really advice but defs not helpful when people say “things will just fall into your lap”. They don’t.
EP: What’s your take on the state of the music industry at the moment?
GM: Hmmm there are probs a few parts to this…musically, I think we’re more open-minded and accepting then we’ve ever been (both as artists and listeners) which is resulting in bold, empowering, exciting and deeply personal, meaningful music. On the other hand, we’re seeing a lot of repetition and similarities in songs…but I don’t think that is a bad thing. Especially for pop. And of course, the most powerful statement being made right now is a reflection of one that has spread all around the world in most other industries too – gender equality. It’s been a revealing time where a light has been shone on the ugliness of sexism, gender inequality and discrimination in all facets of music, but it’s also encouraged positive shifts to amend the damage that’s been done and restructure to fuel a more equal future. At the end of the day, I think we’re in a positive, innovative and exciting time in music.
EP: What’s next for Georgia Mae?
GM: Music music music.
EP: What question do you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever does?
GM: Thoughts on Trump?