If you are going to see Jake Bugg during his upcoming UK and European tour then make sure that you arrive early enough to catch the support act, Georgie. Hailing from Mansfield, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter wasn’t always destined for a life in music, Georgie had a promising career in professional football looming ahead of her, but the sudden discovery of a guitar and her uncle’s record collection whisked her off the pitch and into her bedroom to hone her musical craft. Georgie has already performed at Glastonbury festival and Brighton’s Great Escape although touring with Jake should help provide the exposure that she deserves.
Could you tell me about how you initially got involved with music and who influenced you most?
I grew up in a house where music would constantly be around me. My uncle played me an Elvis record when I was about 12, I think that was the moment when I really fell in love with music though and started to explore it. I’ve been influenced by many people really, I have friends who I’ve worked a lot within the studio back in Nottingham they introduced me to great albums. John Denver, Fleetwood Mac, The Supremes and Aretha Franklin.
My oldest sister has always been a huge Oasis and Cranberries fan too so that would be playing and I think just being around music like that plants a seed and inspires you. I also think being in towns like Mansfield all the generations have held music so close to them and its shared in a sense.
I have noticed from your Instagram that you are adept with both the guitar and piano. Which came first and do you have a preference?
I love both as a songwriter they both have so much to offer but also really different qualities. The guitar came first though so that’s still my closest friend I think haha. But I’m a huge Carole King fan and she’s a master on the piano so that always inspires me to play more piano and that whole gospel style too.
For those who are new to your music which three tracks would you encourage them to check out first and why?
Well, the new EP Too Much TV the three tracks on that really. I feel like that really showcases what I’m about lyrically and musically. But Hard Times is a big part of me and the five years while playing pubs and bars etc that’s how I started out if you like.
What bands and artists are you currently listening to and how are they inspiring you to explore and implement new ideas with your music?
I love Chance the Rappers album colouring book, I love it’s chaos in a way, like how he’s got all these other guys singing on it and his cousin and a gospel choir and the sentiments of the songs too. Rex Orange County I play that album Sweet Apricot a lot too got me thinking a lot about sounds and sonic ideas. I am a massive Kendrick Lamar fan a real artist with a voice that’s saying something that needs to be heard right now that’s always important to me in music.
You are just approaching the halfway point on your tour. How has it been for you so far?
Amazing yeah, I just love being on tour so much and this is such a great tour to be part of. All the venues are great and the crowds too.
My uncle played me an Elvis record when I was about 12, I think that was the moment when I really fell in love with music though and started to explore it.
While on tour do you get very much time to explore the towns and cities that you are playing?
I little bit yeah I always like to get out and see things too when visiting. I was recently in Stockholm and I had quite a lot of free time to see the old town and that, was a real blessed experience one of those times you don’t forget. I love seeing new places it’s a real perk of touring if your lucky enough to have the time some days you do some days you don’t.
What can those fortunate enough to have tickets expect from your live show?
Hmm… Whiskey and good tunes and hopefully a good time too! sharing the music love together in one room!
What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
Releasing a lot more music and more shows too so hopefully an exciting one, we’ll have to wait and see I guess…
For information on tickets and how you can get hold of some check out the O2 Guildhall Southampton website – o2guildhallsouthampton.co.uk.