Australian singer, songwriter, producer George Maple first graced us with her sultry, downtempo vocals on Flume’s debut album in 2012. Since then, George Maple has skyrocketed into the spotlight, performing at festivals such as FOMO, Groovin In The Moo, as well as supporting Lorde on her 2017 Australian Tour later this month!
With the release of her highly anticipated debut album “Lover“, George Maple is the hottest thing in Australian music right now, and it’s not hard to understand why when checking out her most recent hit “Hero”. We were given the marvellous pleasure of chatting with her before she sets off on tour with Lorde, and she was nothing short of inspirational…
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?
When I was about 9 years old my parents came home from a Michael Jackson concert with his ‘HISTORY’ CD. I bought a white hat and a glove and spent my weekends learning to moonwalk. Soon after, I discovered Prince, Sade, and Jeff Buckley. I can’t really remember when I wrote my first song, I think it was around 9 or 11, but everything felt like an extension of my body. It was just something I had to do. I have never really questioned it. I just rolled with the waves of it and I continue to flow with the many ups and downs involved in choosing the life of an artist.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
I think sleep is the most important, also green juice helps me a lot, working out, magnesium baths, saunas. Also, try and find ways of decompressing after the show that isn’t red wine, I always end up overdoing it and the rest of the tour is a struggle. Still learning 🙂
3) What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
Releasing this first full-length record (Lover) feels like the biggest milestone of my career to date. I had a moment the other day where it finally hit me and I burst into tears. I found a diary I had written 5 years ago with my ‘hopes and dreams’ and I realised that I’ve ticked them all off the list. The final one was to release a full-length record. It has been such a process of development and discovery both creatively and personally for me as a human being over the last few years and I think this record has helped to solidify Chapter 1 of the George Maple story. The first of many chapters 🙂
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
I try and keep my musical practice as open and undefined as possible. I believe that attaching myself to any kind of ‘system’ limits my creative practice. I love being aware of the undercurrents of an environment, or my inner clockwork. The parts of the universe that are ever changing. It reminds me that creativity is magical and should be nurtured. I do however believe in skill development. It is our skills that allow us to freely express ourselves. I’m always challenging myself to learn new things, expanding my skill-set and trying to absorb as much as possible. Those skills are so varied and random, sometimes it is learning how to use a lighting program or edit a music video, other times it’s the skill of meditation and allowing myself to focus before a show or during a stressful situation. These skills help me to be free with my creative practice. They keep it (and me) alive.
5) My top business tip for new artists…
Cash flow and managing overheads. Like any business, these two things are crucial for survival. Make sure you have money in the bank at all times and forecast/ budget/understand where you’re money is coming from/going to. It sucks sometimes and it’s boring and difficult, but if you want to end up making a living in this game, I think it’s important to at least have an understanding of how the business side works.
6) My biggest career mistake has been…
I believe all mistakes are a learning [opportunity]. I’ve been through a lot of challenging circumstances, all of which have expanded my knowledge as a business person and artist. I make mistakes all the time, I try and be kind to myself and those around me when this happens. I think it’s important not to take it all too seriously.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…what do you think can change that?
Nurturing of talent and regulation in the music industry. Unfortunately, I really do not think there is sufficient education or regulation in the industry which leads to a lack of understanding, relationship breakdowns, dodgy deals and ultimately sabotages the development of artistry. I think if there was a clear-cut industry set of standards and regulations across all levels then it would, in fact, help nurture and develop talent and assist in long-term sustainability across the whole industry.
For the next few months, George Maple will be performing across Australia, and she is not somebody you want to miss out on experiencing first hand!
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