Georgi Kay has already won a 2010 Western Australia Music Award (WAM), and been nominated for a 2011 Independent Music Award for best Indie/Alternative/Hard Rock Song. Kay has accomplished these honors without a record label or even a full length album under her belt. Her instantly recognizable voice and quirky sense of style set her apart in a crowd, but it’s the menagerie in Kay’s mind that will enthrall you. Georgi Kay writes personal songs hewn from her own experiences; the people, thoughts and emotions that Kay brings to life live and breathe in her voice. Poetry becomes music and music becomes art with an infectious Indie groove; all delivered with a lack of affectation that’s refreshing.
Georgi Kay began her ascent to rock stardom at the age of fourteen, playing lead guitar for rock group The Vains. Within a year, Kay had moved center stage and taken over the lead vocal duties. By 2009, Kay was playing solo shows and recording some of her original material for release. So far the feedback has been tremendous. While based in Australia, Georgi Kay has already begun to build a following in Europe and has even gained fans as far away as the United States of America.
If you speak to Georgi Kay off stage, you’ll be left with the impression of an intensely intelligent and witty young woman; friendly but reserved. The transformation that takes place on stage is nothing short of breath-taking. Kay comes out of her shell, communing with audiences large and small like she’s talking and singing with her best friends. Kay loves everything about music and performing, and the stage has become her second home. When you see Georgi Kay in concert, you’re standing on her turf. Kay takes control immediately and will take you for a ride you’ll never forget.
Georgi Kay’s debut EP, Strange Things, features 2010 WAM Song of the Year “Breakfast In Bedlam”, 2011 Indie Music Award nominee “Back To Back” and fan favorite “You & Me”, written when she was all of thirteen years old. Displaying a talent for everything from folk to rock n roll, Kay is not one to rest on her laurels. Her recent work includes a collaboration with hip-hop artists StoopFresh and producer RAE. There hasn’t been a style of music invented yet that Kay is unwilling to explore.
Away from the stage and studio, Georgi Kay is a relatively normal eighteen year old young woman. She loves spending time with friends, writing poetry and gaming. God Of War III is a particular favorite, with Kay storming Olympus with a vengeance time and time again. Kay is also a Youth Ambassador for eHeadspace.com, and supports LifelineWA.
How do you describe your music to people?
Infectious Indie Pop!
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Our house is full of music, ever since I was a little there's always been a very diverse range of music being played - not just genre but from all over the world. So it could be The Rolling Stones, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Leftfield, Toots & The Maytals, Handel, Les Negresses Vertes or 1960's Cambodian rock. Never the same twice.
My dad played in bands so there's always a guitar around - if fact he's got a pretty big collection of oldies - but they're all right handed and I'm a leftie - so most of my early experiments were playing upside down.
But now I've got my own leftie collection - so the table's have been turned.
I've always loved writing so the combination of a love for writing and having instruments to play around the house led to writing songs. Then at school I played in the rock band The Vains which was fun and that really gave me a taste...
Winning the 2010 WAM song of the Year, and being nominated in the 2010 Independent Music Awards have given me confidence.
I love writing and I love music.
But I also love performing and recording so it's a tough call to only be able to choose one!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Being across everything!
There's always so much to do and new opportunuties happen every day.
After performing at the local music association festival week (2011 WAMi Festival)I've been approached by quite a few people - managers, labels, producers and artists wanting to cover my work or collaborate.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A lion tamer. I love lions!
But them my dad brought me a mini drum kit for my 5th birthday
That changed everything. Especially for the neighbours!
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I get a lot of help and support from my family, friends and now fans which is great - recommending me to venues, creating new events, volunteering for video and photography shoots, putting up posters and promotions, designing posters and T-shirts and lots of suggestions for what I should wear on stage and ides for new material.
For me it's a team sport and I get a real kick out of seeing these people at gigs having a great time and all singing along with my (our) songs!
Having this support has let me focus the majority of my time on writing new songs. I'm meeting a lot of new fans and that's been very rewarding.
What other artists out there do you love?
Sarah Blasko, Ellie Goulding, The Horrors, Coldplay, Bertie Blackman, Missy Higgins
What does your future hold?
I want a career in music as a performer, as an artist and a songwriter.
I want to be great!