It’s Music Friday and what better way to celebrate this week then with an interview with synth folk singer Genevieve who released her debut single Dreams in October. I caught up with the musician to find out all about it and what she has in store for fans in 2021.
Hello Genevieve tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
I have dyspraxia, I’m obsessed with food and my favorite TV programme of all time is Curb Your Enthusiasm!
How did you get into music?
My wonderful parents suggested I take up a hobby, so I started singing lessons and have never looked back. For me, music is a way to be spontaneous and to articulate what I find difficult to say with words.
How do you find your inspirations?
In Surroundings, books and people…
Tell us all about your new single Dreams?
It is about the precious relationship between a mother and her daughter and how to find your own voice beyond the distracting noise.
How long did it take to write the song?
The song took around a week to write.
Tell us about the music video!
I am very excited for everyone to see the video. The film was shot on 16mm film and the stills on 35mm. It was directed by the ever so talented Marion Bergin. Thankfully the process happened pre -lockdown.
Marion and I came together from a fundamental desire to create beauty in our respective fields, but also to be authentic and to be heard as similarly sensitive souls.
The creative on the video features clear structures and composition and more stylized ephemeral elements, the contrast echoing the states between dream and reality in the song.
Where does the inspiration for the song come from?
Now that would be telling …..
Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown?
Being in lockdown has been a really beneficial experience for me, creatively. It has given me the opportunity to really focus in on my writing. Even though it’s been like Groundhog Day, there’s always things to write about. My producer lives in Brighton so I record outlines of songs on Logic Pro and send them across to him.
What is your favourite song you have ever written and why?
My second single, Riverman. I wrote this at the start of Lockdown when my anxiety was at its peak. Writing this song became a welcomed and uplifting distraction from the outside world. I could really picture the moments and people living through these experiences.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
Thankfully I don’t need to worry about that too much because I work with Jonjo Grisdale – a very talented producer who I met at Middlesex University while studying Jazz. We instantly connected and knew where each other was coming from, musically and stylistically. That’s why our relationship has worked for so long.
Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows coming next year?
Yes – I am doing a live session with Scenes Media. A date has yet to be confirmed due to the pandemic. I have a few others in the pipeline but dates and times TBC. Please check out my social media platforms for updates.
What is one of your favourite songs to perform live?
My single “Dreams”, which is currently out on all digital platforms!
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
I find taking a long walk and being among nature makes ideas come to fruition.
Has it led to lots more songs?
Absolutely and many more to come!
Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
The ending of Riverman (my second single) where the music comes to a crescendo, the uplifting melody provides hope for the listener.
What are your plans for 2020 / 2021?
Hopefully if all goes well I should be down again recording in Brighton at the wonderful Gold Tone Studios (Chris Cracknell) and then more writing for my EP.
And finally why should people check out your music?
If you still want to dream…