Georgia June is a band from the inner west of Sydney making waves in the local music scene.
Fronted by vocalist Georgia June, the five piece create loud and honest music that preaches to the worries and experiences of many young artists and creatives trying to get by in this crazy world. Their debut singles, Broke and Cool, were recorded in NYC’s Diamond City Studios in 2017, after Georgia moved to New York to be mentored by Billboard Magazine. With confronting lyrics that captivate audiences, Georgia June exude endless energy and wit as the bands personality and attitude interweave with their music.
We chatted to Georgia and her band, consisting of Lewis Mosley on synth/guitar, Jack Johnston also on guitar, Joe Plunkett on bass and James Spittaler (Spitty) on the drums, for this instalment of ‘A Conversation With’.
BYO: How did you guys meet/form?
Georgia: We all happened to go to the same uni, but that’s not how we met, it was just a plus. I knew Lewis in high school. Out of the others, I met Joe first, and then I met Jack and Spitty through Joe. At first, Jack was like no; I don’t want to be in your stupid band. Luckily, Joe stuck it out, and so Joe and I had coffee together with Jack and Spitty and they finally agreed to be in the band. Then Lewis joined last.
BYO: How would you describe your vibe/genre?
Joe: Pop, pop punk, fem rock; sort of inspired by the Divinyls, and Prince. I’d say a lot of 80s and 90s influences.
BYO: What other acts inspire your music?
Lewis: Everyone inspires us. A lot of us play in different bands, so, it sounds pretentious to say but I think, it’s a collective; we all inspire each other.
Jack: Lewis sings in a psych rock band, Joe and I play in like a 6-piece jazz funk thing, and Spitty is a DJ.
Georgia: We all listen to different things, and its good when we have to write or arrange, because everyone has different ideas and backgrounds.
Jack: We all like Steely Dan though!
BYO: Tell us about your singles Broke and Cool. They were recorded in New York City, what was that process like?
Georgia: It was good, it was a great experience. When I recorded them I had it in my mind that I want it to be a band project, so that when I got home I could release it with a band.
After 6 months of being a band, the songs themselves live, I reckon, sound completely different to the recording.
I’m grateful for the songs, but I’ve written so much since then. It’s such a process to release songs; it’s frustrating you can’t, as you write, put it out as you go. You move on from songs so quickly.
So yeah, I’m grateful for how they were received but I’m keen for new stuff because it will be so different.
BYO: What inspired the songs?
Georgia: Different experiences and moments. Cool is about me being super awkward and nerdy, and not knowing where you fit into the social side of things. And then Broke is literally me having no money.
There’s not much deep thought into it. Still broke, still have no car!
BYO: What’s the process behind writing new songs?
Joe: It’s definitely a collaborative process, but the lyrics come from Georgia.
A lot of it comes from Georgia, it’s about her experiences. I think the groundings of the songs come from her, and then everyone puts their elements into it.
Spitty: Joe and Jack do a lot too.
Georgia: Every song happens a bit differently. They start so bare, there’s not much to them, they just come about.
I’ll write the songs, and then I’ll show them all, and then we just tick them off. Like this one’s shit, this one we can deal with!
The end product and how the final song sounds live is influenced by what everyone puts into it.
BYO: What was the coolest event you’ve ever done?
Jack: MCA Artbar was pretty cool, having the opera house behind you as you play!
Lewis: It was cool looking at the opera house, and I still have people coming up to me at work and saying ‘hey aren’t you the guy from Georgia June’ after that.
BYO: Tell us about playing at Falls Festival?
Georgia: Falls was just strange. The whole experience was pretty weird; in an amazing way.
Spitty: Having the artist’s wristbands, going backstage and having a car pass so you can drive behind the stages and stuff; it was surreal.
Jack: The campsite was so spread out compared to the punters. We’ve all done falls and splendour as punters, and been so over it. But there it was so spread out and dry.
Spitty: By the third day it rained but we had access to this one ‘artist’ undercover bar so we were sorted.
Georgia: We felt legit but we also felt not-legit, in a weird way.
Joe: I still wear my wristband now.
BYO: How did it come about?
Lewis: We were all at work, and we got the call and I was like I did not even know we had applied.
Georgia: Well there was a few spots left to play Falls, and we had a few people saying like ‘you should do it and hit us up about it’. We were all saying like it probably won’t happen but at least they’ll learn who we are.
And then we just get this email saying like ‘you’ll be playing falls’.
And we were shocked. It was a weird thing to respond to.
Jack: None of us had by chance booked a trip away over New Years luckily; none of us were doing anything or had plans.
Lewis: I was going to watch the nine o’clock fireworks then go to bed.
Jack: December was so full on as well, so much happened.
Georgia: We were all talking about New Years like ‘it’s good to have a break between Christmas and New Years so at least we have a week off, not hanging out with each other’.
Then we find out, oh actually, you’re going to be spending 100 hours with each other.
Lewis: The car trip back was pretty quiet.
Spitty: Everyone was quiet. It was very tight, so squashed with all the gear and 5 people.
Jack: Lucky Spitty has the best car, the wagon.
Spitty: I’m the only one with my licence, except for Georgia but she doesn’t have a car.
BYO: What’s happening in 2018? Any big plans?
Georgia: It’s been pretty full on already and it’s only the end of Jan.
We’re excited to release a full body of work, and excited to start writing together.
Jack: We’re going away to write together for 2 weeks. Going to Newcastle to Spitty’s home town to escape and just write together.
Georgia: Apart from that we’re just gigging all the time.
Jack: It’s going to be a 20-great-teen.
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