Em George is a talented singer songwriter from Australia. I really dig what she is doing and had to interview her for the site. With an excellent EP Wolves out. She is a name to watch out for.
1. What inspired your EP Wolves?
I wrote the EP when I was going through a lot of life changes ; my grandmother passed away, a relationship ended and I was going through depression at the time. Angel Olsen’s album Woman influenced the overall sound and style.
2. How was the recording process different to earlier material?
My previous material was acoustic based, raw and organic sounds very much influenced by the 70s and styles of Laurel Canyon and the artists from there. This EP had a lot more focus on production which was a new approach for me
3. How does a song start for you?
I normally start with the lyrics first and the music flows from there
4. How does having support from Triple J and FBI behind you help?
It helps so much! So much of the music industry is based around who listens to Triple J and FBI as well as the live scene and festivals. It was amazing having their support
5. How do you warm up your voice?
I usually do a few scales and vocal runs and I’m good to go!
6. How do you look after your voice?
I don’t do a lot- I should do a lot more but I have a really healthy clean diet which helps
7. Do you write when you have inspiration or set time to write?
I try to avoid putting limits and restrictions on writing time. I just find it limits my creative flow so I try to write when I feel inspired. However if I’m having a really dry spell I set time to break the writers block
8. Was it hard to a release an EP in these times?
It was different that’s for sure. A lot harder in terms of touring but I think people had more time to listen to music this year
9. Has this year given you inspiration for your songs that you weren’t expecting?
Yes and no. I’ve written a few songs during lockdown but I found the whole thing quite hard so was being kind to myself and not putting too much pressure onto myself
10. How does it feel having your song Light Comes In getting a world wide release?
It feels amazing!! I’m so proud of that song and the message behind it and I can’t wait to get it out there
11. What inspired the video clip for it?
A lot of old film noir movies and black and whites. The director Sam McAdam Cooper is an amazing photographer and one of my closest friends so it was a lot of fun to make. I trust her completely in everything so bouncing around ideas was easy and I knew she’d make something exciting
12. What have you listened to recently that inspired you?
I love RVG’s new album- it’s the best thing I’ve heard in ages. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Julia Jacklin, Cream, Iggy POP and Leonard Cohen who always inspires
13. How import is Spotify to you and getting on the right playlists?
It helps to get my music out there to more people and in a really accessible way. It’s really important to indie artists
14. Do you think social media is more important than it’s ever been?
I think it’s a great way to get free marketing and also to control the output and image so the power has been put back into artists hands a little bit. I find it quite limiting in terms of what people see though. It’s quite a superficial zone
15. Who has been your biggest help so far to you and your music career?
The support of community radio will always be the biggest help. They’re the best
16. How do you think you will feel when you get back on stage playing?
Very nervous because it’s been so long but absolutely overjoyed and excited! I can’t wait
17. What the best piece of advice you have been given?
Never stop learning and a gin and tonic must always have ice