Interview & Photos by Jamary Bobe
Article by Giovanna Trabasso
The British pop singer-songwriter Georgia Ku may have infiltrated playlists through her feature on the DJ Felix Jaehn and NOTD single "So Close" in 2018, but she is no stranger to the scene. Georgia kickstarted her career alongside EDM legends Skrillex and Dillon Francis as the voice on “Bun Up the Dance” back in 2015. While her name may only now be gaining traction to the mainstream, her lyrics have undoubtedly been heard by billions. As a songwriter, Georgia has worked for names such as Zedd, Fifth Harmony, Rita Ora, Jack U, Steve Aoki, and many more including the lyrics to "Scare To Be Lonely" by Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa. Ku is now signed to Atlantic Records, her single “What Do I Do?” receiving raving reviews as the perfect summer release.
While Ku’s previous collaborations revolve around the EDM scene, relying heavily on high-energy dance tracks, her solo single “What Do I Do?” shows a sweeter side to her songwriting. The sorrowful lyrics are contrasted by the dance track. The listener is instantly transported to a beachside porch, wearing as little clothes as possible thrilling around to Ku’s melodic vocals. The break-up song is oddly soothing and exhilarating, but it works. It comes as no surprise with Ku’s songwriting track record that her career would come with stunning lyrics that can carry a plot line over an EDM track. Georgia Ku is ready to step out of the songwriting background as the newest EDM-infused pop singer the scene needs.
You've written some songs for major artists (Martin Garrix/Dua Lipa/Illenium) what's it like transitioning from writing songs for others and then writing songs of your own?
One of the hardest things I’ve had to do! I was so used to writing so many different genres for other artists. When it came to writing for myself I felt lost, I wanted something new and different from what I had written for other people. It took me going so far in one direction to realize that my melodies and lyrics, although written for others, were actually a big part of me, they were still my words and my emotions. Once I came to terms with that, the pressure started to come off and the music flowed; and that’s when I wrote ‘What Do I Do’.
What inspires you to write music? what's your process usually like?
It really depends on the day & the co-writer. Sometimes I’ll come into the room with a concept, something that’s been on my mind & want to flush out; the majority of the time If I get inspired by the chords, melodies will naturally come first followed by lyrics.
You recently toured with DJ duo NOTD, What was that experience like?
I literally loved it! Those boys have become my brothers, we had so much fun. I loved performing & was left feeling so inspired after hearing so many people sing the words of my songs back to me.
What's your favorite part about performing?
Definitely connecting with the audience & meeting genuine fans. My main goal as an artist is to be authentic & relatable so any chance I get to just be myself whether it’s through my music or chatting on stage is a blessing to me.
Any city that you didn't get to perform in that you wished you could have?.
London! I would have loved to perform in my homeland but we are definitely working towards doing more shows & London is top of the list!
Where do you see yourself within the next year?
Really excited to release my second single in January, followed by 2 more releases that I’m already finishing up! I’m hoping to be performing more frequently & begin collaborations with brands & charities that I’m passionate about. I’m also excited for multiple DJ features that will be released next year!