Interview with Georgia Nott
photos by Catie Laffoon
Georgia Nott refuses to let the male-dominant music industry define her - or any women. Although she’s best known for being one half of the brother-sister duo Broods, her solo venture titled The Venus Project showcases her passion for music in a whole new light. Becoming increasingly aware of the pervasive influence of men in the music scene, Georgia had a dream for a musical project with every aspect created solely by women.
“I had been wanting to do something like this for a long time and when I decided to release some music on my own I felt it was the perfect opportunity to make it happen,” she tells us. Consisting of producers Camila Mora and Ceci Gomez, visual artist and illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky, project manager Sherry Elbe, mix engineer Adrianne ‘AG’ Gonzalez, mastering engineer Emily Lazar, and photographer Catie Laffoon, Georgia has a team of unstoppable female artists helping her dream become a reality. The first collection of songs, 'Vol. 1', has just been released to the world on International Women’s Day.
The album, described by Georgia as “low fi, raw, and cinematic”, is a reflection, a stream of consciousness. Surrounded by moving lyrics and expressive production, it is a celebration of women through honest emotion. When the world becomes overwhelming, these songs have the ability to create a safe space, a shelter.
Her lyrics are poignant and imaginative, with resonating imagery. There’s a certain resilience to them, a refusal to accept defeat. “Every lyric on the entire record means a lot to me. If I had to choose, however, I think ‘when you say I need a man to protect me from other men, I don’t see how the problem is me’ says what a lot of women are thinking,” she says.
The visuals on the album cover depict this imaginative quality as well, combining the phases of the moon with women existing in nature. When asked about the role these images played in representing her music, Georgia praises artist Ashley Lukashevsky. “[She] was a huge inspiration. Her work is very colourful and expressive. It felt like the perfect fit to the issues she addresses in her personal work to the way she draws women with all women in mind.”
Although advocating for women through art is an amazing way to get a message across, Georgia didn’t necessarily initiate that deliberately when writing. “I didn’t write any of the music with a particular agenda aside from self-expression,” she explains. “I think the most important thing I can represent as a feminist right now is a belief that what I have to say and create has value the way it comes naturally. I definitely relied on my own instincts to create this record.” It is clear that 'Vol. 1' has the power to touch many people from its sincerity alone.
From the ethereal, contemplative “Moon to Moon” to the inventive "Sorry Kids", Georgia proves that more isn’t always better when it comes to production. On songs like “Numb”, there are so many subtleties to capture and take in. Then on “Take Me Out”, a stripped back ukulele shows the beauty of a seemingly unprocessed sound, squeaks and all. By the last track, the listener has had a cathartic experience of many different feelings, and is empowered in the end.
Producers Camila Mora and Ceci Gomez have created a contrast in the sounds between both delicate sensitivity and strength. “They are both insanely talented and both brought a knowledge and creativity to the songs that I needed to make them reach the place they were made for,” says Georgia. Of course, when you're making a record that is so close to your heart, it helps when the people around you are there for you no matter what. “It’s so much better sharing this whole experience with them too. I feel so lucky to have had them with me in this, especially when it wasn’t smooth sailing. They are more than collaborators on the album at the end of the day. Camila has seen me cry and stress and listened to me vent so many times. I think we were sisters in another life.”
Writing solo, as opposed to with her usual collaborators of her brother Caleb and Joel Little, has allowed Georgia to explore her capabilities as an artist. “I was able to take on a lot more in this project. I engineered and produced and wrote video treatments and had so much creative control. I definitely found new capacities within myself as an artist.” Not only has she proven to herself that she is comfortable with having more control, but she has grown immensely throughout the process as well. “It’s changed the way I see myself so much. I have gained self respect and motivation. I’ve realised a responsibility I, in a way, always knew was mine. I feel empowered by myself, which is an incredible feeling,” she reflects.
She hopes to set an example for other females as well. Her advice for girls trying to enter into the music scene as producers/engineers/any other roles typically done by men is: “Do not take ‘that’s just the way it is’ as an excuse. Don’t give yourself boundaries based on what is ‘the way it’s always been’. It also used to be crazy for a women to be a teacher, remember. If you wanna do something that isn’t the ‘usual career for a woman’, find a way to do it.”
Regarding the future of the project and live shows, Georgia is eager to see it come to its full fruition. “I would love to realise this record live with even more amazing women. The more people I can get involved, the more The Venus Project will have the impact I dream it will. One day I wanna look back and think, ‘Remember when we made that all female album in Camila’s bedroom? Look at where it’s come! Look at where the industry has come’. It’s a giant ambition, but I have never let my own ambition intimidate me.”
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