GEORGIA ASHLEIGH

by the partae
Where are you currently based?
I’m based in Naarm/Melbourne. 
 
How did you first start playing music?
I first started singing back in prep, when the school music teacher decided to give me a small solo in the choir. Since then I became insufferable – treating my parents to many living room performances. 
I later started piano lessons, but never really had the discipline to practice between them. 
It wasn’t until I picked up the guitar in my mid 20’s that I started playing and writing music. 
 
What’s been happening recently?
Lots! Releasing my first two singles has been a terrifying but exciting experience. The reception has been overwhelmingly lovely. Both songs are deeply personal, and it’s felt a little bit like publishing my personal diary. 
Outside of that I’ve been photographing weddings and teaching, so it’s safe to say it’s been a busy time. 
 
Your latest single ‘Doing Fine’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
The lyrics and writing were heavily influenced by Angie McMahon, and Pheobe Bridgers. The sound was inspired by Alex the Astronaut’s up beat and cheerful tunes. I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of the light fun melody with the dark sarcastic lyrical content. 
 
How did you go about writing Doing Fine?
This was the second song I’ve ever written. I remember sitting on my bed with my guitar playing the few chords I knew at the time and looking through a few of the notes I’d written on my phone. I’d written most of the song within 1 hour. It wasn’t until one day after a few beers I played it for a few talented friends of mine, who then jammed with me and turned it into a fully formed song. We created and sent recordings to each other over lockdown and before we knew it we had bass, drums and guitar all sorted out.  
 
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
Recording and producing was done up in Castlemaine with Jono Steer, in this tiny idyllic studio out the back of his house called the Perch between lockdowns. It was a beautiful and warm environment. 
Mastering was done by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering. 
 
How did you approach the recording process?
I was absolutely terrified, I had never done anything like that before. I remember bringing copious amounts of tea (and even some whiskey). My bandmates (Jordan Whittmore, Harry Pratt and Lachlan Cooper) were absolute pros and fantastic friends throughout the entire process. Jono made the entire experience so enjoyable and easy. He’s the master at creating a safe and quiet space to create in – adding so many beautiful touches that truly finished the songs. 
It was an incredible experience that I feel really fortunate to have had. 
 
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Merpire; Yusiimi has been on heavy rotation at the moment. Masterful songwriting and just an all-round stunning track. 
Wildfire by SAULT is an incredibly powerful track that was introduced to me at a music festival. 
 
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m a professional photographer, who mainly photographs weddings at the moment. Outside of that, I enjoy scuba diving, hiking and sewing. 
 
What’s planned for the remainder of 2022?
I’m hoping to get stuck into writing a few more songs and release my debut EP as well as organising some gigs and support act spots. 
 
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Food; Very Good Falafel in Brunswick, late-night hangout spot Rainbow House in Fitzroy. 
 
 
 

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