WHAT DO YOU DO?
I'm a songwriter/singer/artist
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?
Bat For Lashes. This woman has been a huge inspiration to me as an artist. The fearless and poetic way she writes, to the way she holds herself as an honest artist. I think she has something no one else on earth has.
IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?
I've wanted to be an artist since I can remember. I have always felt a huge pull to music and to creating something for not just myself, but anyone else who needs it. I most definitely feel that I'm doing what I was born to do.
THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?
My hardest moments tend to go on for a lot longer than just a moment. The worst days of my life were the days surrounding the death of my friend in high school. He was 17 when he committed suicide and since that day I have given myself a responsibility to understand and challenge the stigmas of mental illness. The second low point was when I began to tour the first Broods record. At the end of each day, without fail, I would close the door of my hotel room and have an anxiety attack. I learnt a lot about my own relationship with mental illness that year and found a way to permit myself to feel what I needed to feel. The third would be right now, as I count down to releasing the most personal and emotional project of my life so far. It's easy to admit to struggles when you are on the other side but I know I can't pretend that I'm not struggling as it's happening to me. I'm using the tools I have acquired in the past six years and staying honest. It's still hard but if I'm going to preach about honesty and self expression I have to bloody live it myself!!
FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?
Things always seem huge when you stare at them from an inch away. I have to work really hard to stay back and see things with perspective. There has to be a lot of mindfulness and self reflection, but also an openness with the people who support you and a trust in the universe. I often do an exercise that helps keep me calm in times like this; I imagine the best case scenario of each potential road. I imagine myself happy in all outcomes and make silent promises to myself to never reject or run from the challenges I face.
WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?
Women are absolutely magical creatures! We can make humans inside us for goodness sake! If that doesn't make us magic I don't know what does. Our instincts are incredible, especially when we follow them with grace and understanding. We have so much love and power and beauty to give. We are all goddesses and geniuses with super powers beyond comprehension. When a woman is free to be who she truly is as an individual, it may possibly be the most beautiful sight one can behold.
WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?
There have been so many times I have questioned why I'm doing this. It's hard and stressful and I constantly feel pressure to please people or prove myself. I get stuck in my own head and I don't see things with perspective. I always bounce back, however. Sometimes I just wake up one morning with motivation again. I put it down to the people I surround myself with. I am constantly having open conversations with my loved ones about these times of feeling that all hope is lost. The more we talk about these times, the more we all realise that its a part of life. When I get low I talk a lot to myself too. I talk things through as if my soul were sitting across from me drawing the answers out of me. I'm a true believer that I'm never alone even when I'm lonely.
...OTHER ELECTRIC LADIES?
Ashley Lukashevsky is an incredible visual artist who just so happened to create the artwork around The Venus Project. She's a powerful witch and her work is always a voice for those who are in need of support and equality. Her instagram is @ashlukadraws
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. With the list still expanding.