Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
Tallying up a worthy list of mentions since beginning her music career at 14-years-old, Georgina Kingsley - who goes by the artist name, Georgi Kay - has collaborated with artists Ivan Gough and Axwell as well as supporting the likes of Alpine, Clubfeet and Ed Sheeran. Recently we caught up with the UK born musician turned fellow Perthian; The Ink Grid had a chat to Kingsley about her journey in the industry, how she views the Perth music scene and her forthcoming 2016 album ORIGINS.
Speaking about the best parts Kingsley has experienced in the music industry, she spoke animatedly about her learning curve as a professional musician.
“I’ve recently learnt that taking risks whilst staying true to yourself is the key to creating something beautiful. You have to make the effort to drive your passions – let others into your world, let them help you and explore all there is to see, feel and create. Collaborations help you to understand and work from other perspectives,” said Kingsley.
Whilst there were other creative paths considered whilst Georgina Kingsley was growing up, she spoke about the unique pull music had on her from her early teens.
“As well as creative writing I’ve always been a big fan of photography and nature. At one point in my life I considered becoming a journalist for National Geographic, or even studying to be an Elasmobranchologist (a scientist who studies sharks) – but music wouldn’t let go of me and I couldn’t let go of it.”
Whilst singing and songwriting acts as Kingsley’s form of release, allowing an outlet for an expression of her emotions, the musician recalls a time when she was nervous about showcasing her talents due to doubt. “To be honest, I’ve always loved music. Back in my early teens I used to play guitar, learning by ear and memorising the chord shapes I stumbled upon – and I’d sing poems I’d wrote over the music I was creating, but I was always so nervous that someone would hear me.
I used to be very embarrassed because I didn’t know how my voice sounded and if I could even sing or not,” said Kingsley.
Speaking about the tracks on Georgi Kay’s forthcoming album ORIGINS, which will feature lead single God of a Girl, we delved into Kingsley’s influence of pop culture and her affinity for Stephen King’s creations. After viewing the original film of Carrie (1976), an adaptation of King’s novel as well as the remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz (2013), the singer/songwriter was inspired by the character’s vulnerability manifesting itself into supernatural powers.
“Both versions impacted me differently, but the overall theme of abuse and emotional torture was what struck me the most. I was bullied during my junior school years because I was different. I wasn’t like all the other girls, I had short hair and I read comics and played video games. And throughout my life I’ve suffered from toxic relationships, whether they be romantic or otherwise – so there was a part of me that could relate to Carrie’s character.”
As for the rest of the album, Kingsley describes ORIGINS as:
“ORIGINS as the title states, refers to my origins as both an artist and a human being. Who I am, where I’ve come from, who and what my influences and inspirations are – and most importantly, my journey to this point right now.”
Before parting ways we spoke about the Perth music scene. A scene once considered in dire need of a revival which now is blossoming into something new and exciting.
“The amount of talent and diversity that comes out of Perth is incredible. It’s a real familial wolf pack mentality over there, the kind where you just bump into others and collaborate together to create and have fun,” said Kingsley.
Despite venue closures happening all across the metro area and a distinct lack in locations that have live music areas aimed at the middle ground of performing artists, the Perth musician offered some insight into the bare bones of it all.
“Honestly – I think when it comes to live shows all that matters is playing a venue where the sound is brilliant and where you feel you can perform at your best. I’ve played some beautiful theatres before, high ceilings and epic spaces – but some of my best shows have been in small venues. I find the smaller the venue, the more intimate the performance… and because it’s so intimate it really gets me nervous, and I like to feel a little unsettled because it not only keeps me sharp but it’s how we learn to grow and improve.”
Keep an eye out on Georgi Kay's website for her 2016 album ORIGINS.