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Tileyard London in Conversation with: Georgia & The Vintage Youth

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Following the release of their latest single ‘Overthinker’, we caught up with Georgia & The Vintage Youth to hear more about the track and what it has been like to release new music during the pandemic.

For new listeners, how would you describe Georgia & The Vintage Youth?

Retro vibes, modern attitude, romantic melodies, unromantic lyricism, performed by brilliant musicians, enjoyed by cool people, and fronted by me.

How did the band first get together?

I began gigging solo but I knew I wanted a bigger sound. I’ve been fortunate to work with so many amazing musicians, I tend to meet them either online or on the circuit. The industry is pretty small.

Who are your musical influences?

Elvis Presley, Marc Bolan, Freddie Mercury, I could list so many names. I learnt to sing by listening to lots of soul and blues singers. I love the romance of 60’s music and I also love the energy of rock music. I listen to all sorts.

Have you always been into classic jazz and rock?

Rock music has always been familiar to me. I got into jazz a little later on when I was training in musical theatre. That’s when I learnt that all those jazz standards were in fact show tunes – Cole Porter, Gershwin and all of those composers. I adore so many contrasting genres and I like to try and merge them all to create my own sound.

We love your latest single ‘Overthinker’. What’s the story behind the track?

It’s about the anxieties of being in your twenties and feeling so lost in the world, trying to figure out your purpose while life just feels like a huge question mark. Seeing my friends get married and have kids and I’m just getting by in a part-time pub job. But when I question things then older people will say to me, “Make the most of these years because they’re the best in your life” and I’m like, “Really? This can’t be it?” However this year has definitely taught me to live in the moment and take each day as it comes. Overthinking gets you no-where.

How do you approach the creative process in the studio? Where do you draw inspiration from?

I really don’t have much of a process at all. I just write when I have something I want to say. I will then demo a song on Logic and figure out what I want the instruments to say. Then I take it to the studio and record with a band to capture the energy. However, with lockdown I’ve done a lot of remote recording in my room, and my band will record from home and send me their part. That was fun.

What has it been like to release new music during a pandemic?

Bitter-sweet. Bitter, because the EP release was pushed back. Gigs and tour dates in China, Germany and the UK to promote the launch were cancelled and the only way to reach my audience was through live-streaming, which I had never done previously. Sweet because I was challenged to do things like live-stream, self produce and gig solo.

Have you done any live stream performances during lockdown? What do you think are the pros and cons of live streaming for musicians?

I’ve done loads of livestreams during the past few months which is something I probably wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for lockdown. I really enjoyed it because I would see familiar names tuning in every week. There was this lovely sense of community and interacting with all of the comments was always a laugh. Seeing people type my lyrics whilst I was singing, it felt like people were singing along. It obviously doesn’t beat the adrenaline rush of a real gig though.

What has it been like working with TALENTBANQ?

Great. They’re lovely people and it’s nice to have a team around me.

Can we expect to see you perform at TALENTBANQ’s new grassroots music venue, The Acoustic Room, anytime soon?

You best ask them that! They tell me when and where and I just turn up and do my thing.

Any exciting upcoming plans for the Georgia & The Vintage Youth?

2020 has taught me not to plan too much because life has its own plan for you. I still have a couple more tracks to release from my EP later this year. We have a couple of tours in the pipeline for next year but I don’t want to jinx anything. We are just trying our best to plough through the powers of the pandemic. I’m trying not to overthink it!

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