The debut single from GEORGIE WESTON announced a confident new voice on the Liverpool music scene. Piano lament Live This Life Alone brought to mind classic pop auteur Nilsson but tempered the nostalgia with modern allusions to mobile phones and social media timelines. Georgie spoke to us about his formative musical experiences and his motivations in honing his songwriting craft.
How would you describe your music?
A lost soundtrack to a 70’s rom-com set in New York.
Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
Music didn’t become a big part of my life until my mid-teens. I sang in the school choir from age 10 which really developed my ear for harmony and melody, but I didn’t even think about writing or playing an instrument at that age. The piano my Grandad bought has been in the family since the 1960’s so occasionally we’d all get around the piano and have a sing. I got massively into The Beatles around age 15, which made me want to learn guitar and piano and eventually write my own music.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
For a live gig it’s got to be The Last Shadow Puppets. I saw them when I was about 16 and the chemistry between Alex Turner and Miles Kane was incredible. They had a full string section who were amazing and it was just captivating for the whole show. I love their blend of sounds and their way of taking 60s/70s influences like Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen and making it accessible for the younger generation.
For a piece of music I’d have to say Five Years by David Bowie. It’s just an astonishing song that really puts our existence into perspective. I love the variety of lyrics from really dark and dreary lines like ‘News guy wept and told us earth was really dying’ to more light-hearted and comedic lines like ‘I think I saw you in an ice cream parlour, drinking milkshakes cold and long’. It’s a track that builds and builds from a trancey drum pattern into an extravagant soulful ballad and it blows me away every time I listen.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
A song I wrote called Around My Room (which will be my second single out on 28th August) is really enjoyable to play live as it’s got an upbeat northern soul feel to it. It’s also got some quirky little solos in the breakdown which is a great moment to introduce the band at the gig.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
It’s definitely a mixture for sure. I’d say I try and write songs in two different ways. From my thoughts, feelings, experiences or from the perspective of someone else or a different version of me. I try to mix it up because it’s so easy to become repetitive with songwriting. I think it’s really important to write about the modern world as it’s a very peculiar place!
What was the first gig you attended?
Strangely it’s probably the reunion gig of an 80s new wave band called Haircut 100 in 2009. My dad went to school with the singer so we got free tickets.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
I love Jacaranda Phase One in Liverpool. It’s always got such a groovy vibe and encourages a massive variety of musicians and artists to play there. The record store always has a really interesting selection of vinyl too!
Why is music important to you?
I couldn’t live without it! It’s just as important as oxygen to me. It makes you feel something that nothing else in this world can achieve. And the connection between an artist and a listener is a really special thing!
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Thomas Guerlet is a really interesting new artist, originally from Paris. He blends electronic pop with classic French music and it’s got a really distinctive soundscape.
The single Around My Room is out on 28th August.