Georgia Nott's letter on The Venus Project

 Photo: Catie Laffoon @catielaffoon

Photo: Catie Laffoon @catielaffoon

To Everyone,

My name is Georgia. I’m a 23 year old songwriter/musician from New Zealand.

For a while, when I was about 10 or 11, I did NOT want to be a girl. 

I wanted to be a boy like my brother and wear beanies and baggy skate pants and be strong and awesome at soccer. 

“That’s what makes you a boy” I thought. “Sports, beanies, and strength” 

Boys were strong and could do anything and girls were weak and emotional so, naturally, why wouldn’t I want to be a boy instead. 

Even at such young age I could clearly see how much more respected I felt by pretending to be a boy. I challenged the boys in my class to arm wrestling competitions and wore my brothers clothes to school on mufti days. I wanted to be able to do all the things that boys got to do and act the way boys got to act. For a while I even tried peeing standing up (it didn’t work as well as I’d hoped). 

I used to look back on my “I want to be a boy” phase and laugh at myself, hiding my own embarrassment. 

But, now, I see, it makes total sense. I thought boys had a better deal then us girls (when I hit my teens I found out, that for so many more reasons, I was dead right #periodsarenotpleasant). 

I still feel that men are getting the better deal.

All I need to do to find the evidence is to simply open my eyes and look around me. 

I have spent the last 4 years of my life in the music industry and over that time something that concerned me came into focus. I had learnt to expect that everyone I worked with behind the scenes would be a man. Each session would have a male producer and a male engineer. On tour I would be the only woman in the crew unless I actively sought out someone to keep me company. I started to wonder if everyone had forgotten that women were capable of doing these jobs. Or was it that people still genuinely believed that women weren’t as good as men, politely ignoring our presence in the industry. 

But what am I supposed to do about it?

I’ve recently released the first single “Wont Hurt” off an album made entirely by women. It is called “The Venus Project - Vol.1”.

Over the last two years I have been surrounded by inspiring people. Speaking freely about their beliefs and using their talent to challenge injustice. It made me think about what I believe and how I could live in a way that doesn’t shut it away. 

I wanted to create something that embodied what I believe in. I wanted to celebrate women and with them empower all who saw this piece of art we had made. I wanted to bring awareness to all who didn’t think there was still a problem with equality. I wanted to challenge what, for too long, has been seen as “expected”. 

 Artwork: Ashley Lukashevsky @ashlukadraws

Artwork: Ashley Lukashevsky @ashlukadraws

The Venus Project is intended to be a celebration of us sisters and all we have to give the world. That art made by women is relevant to all human beings, not just other women.

The women I worked with are just a few of these powerful, beautiful, loving, creative artists I’m talking about. There are millions and millions out there in the world that get ignored and miss out on the praise they deserve. 

 

I want all young girls, non-binary, cis and trans women, and people who identify as women, to look at themselves and see the strength, intelligence and creativity they have within them. To feed their genius and stop apologizing for their emotions. I want them to be unashamed of who they are and tell themselves that they deserve to love themselves.

You don’t have to be a boy to wear beanies, and baggy pants, and be strong and awesome at soccer!!

All my love, strength and vulnerability,

G

xx

ABOUT THE VENUS PROJECT

As one half of New Zealand’s favourite brother-sister duo Broods, Georgia Nott has spent most of her time in recent years either in a studio or on the road touring – a dream situation for many musicians.

But there was one slightly uncomfortable fact that continually cropped up for her: she was often the only woman in the room. So when Georgia began contemplating a solo side project, she also found herself highly motivated to work with other women.

The Venus Project was born and includes Camila Mora, who tours with Broods as their keyboard player, but is also a highly skilled producer; visual artist and illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky; project manager Sherry Elbe; mix engineer Adrianne ‘AG’ Gonzalez; mastering engineer Emily Lazar, photographer Catie Laffoon; and producer Ceci Gomez, who worked with Georgia on the first single Won’t Hurt. The list of collaborators continues to expand as they head towards the album release on the 8th of March – which is also International Women’s Day.

Like The Venus Project on Facebook and follow on Instagram. Listen on Spotify and Apple music