Georgia From Broods Talks To Us About The Venus Project
She’s spent the past few years touring the world as one half of BROODS, but sick of being the only woman in a room full of men, Georgia Nott is launching an all-female endeavour - The Venus Project: Vol 1. From production through to artwork, the entire collaboration has been brought to life by women and celebrates the incredible talent thriving in an otherwise male-dominated industry. For International Women’s Day, we caught up with her to talk touring, feminism, and unapologetic emotion.
How did you first get into writing music and performing?
Writing and playing music has basically been my entire life. I’ve wanted to be a singer since I can remember, I started writing music when I was about 10. They were all super-cheesy cringe songs because I had no life experience as a 10 year old. But as I found myself in my teens, my exposure to new things led to my main form expression being writing music. I found it kept me so aware of my emotions and my evolution as a person.
Can you tell us a bit of your experience touring and recording as BROODS?
We started writing as Broods when I was 18 and touring when I was 19. It was a crazy industry to be thrown into as a teenager. I thought I was old and knew everything but when I look back I am a completely different person now. It has been incredible learning what I’m capable of handling through touring and and documenting our growth through writing. It’s so exciting when you meet fans that feel so connected to what you create. It has been humbling and up lifting all at once. I always dreamed of having fans when I was a kid singing in the car, but to feel what it’s truly like to have complete strangers give you so much genuine love and support is like nothing else.
Was there a moment touring that really stands out?
I remember being on tour with Sam Smith and playing Four Walls with just myself and the piano. After the song the entire venue applauded for way longer than we expected. The energy was so unforgettable and in that moment I felt so home in my career. It was incredible to feel like that. To feel like I belonged on stage in front of those people who weren’t even there to see us. That and accepting album of the year for Evergreen from Mick Fleetwood in 2015 at the VNZMAs. That was insanely surreal!
You’ve mentioned that a lot of the time you would be the only woman in a room full of men, how did you find that?
At times intimidating and also at times it’s made me feel a need compensate for myself. I have been lucky to have supportive men around me since the beginning. I never felt like I was less because I was a women around my team. But at times I did feel isolated. The biggest thing that I found frustrating was the fact that every time I came across a woman on tour or in the studio I would be surprised. I wondered whether that was why people seemed impressed with me. Was it because they didn’t expect it of me? I’ve consciously tried to make a point of being self-assured. I didn’t want to get accustomed to waiting for a mans approval to feel like I belonged.
And this lead you to The Venus Project...
I have wanted to express myself as a feminist for a while but I felt I needed to educate myself and create an opinion that was my own, not a copy of someone else. I wanted to think hard about where my instincts would take me without an excess of outside influences. I decided that this as how I would do it. I would figure out what I wanted to say as my most honest self and then work with women that felt the same responsibility. I would refuse to apologise for my emotion and I would represent a strength that was authentic to me. I wanted to encourage an attitude that women are enough the way they come naturally. We don’t need to compensate for ourselves.
How do we get more female musicians, engineers and producers into the industry?
I think it’s something that women need to be encouraged into, not only by other women, but men too. To show women being leaders and creators rather than feeding this idea that women are singers and icons of physical beauty. We are producers and and engineers and directors and curators, not products.
Who are the women you wanted to collaborate with you on this album?
I got to work with a bunch of awesome women I’ve met since I moved to LA. It’s been great to find so many people I connect with in this creative hub. I worked on the writing and production with my friends Camila Mora and Ceci Gomez. They’re both young genius ladies at the beginning of great careers in music. It was also so cool to work with Ashley Lukashevsky on the visual artwork. I love what she makes and it felt like a perfect collab for this record. The list goes on and on and I couldn’t be prouder to have the women involved around me.
Eventually would you want to open up the Venus Project for other women to collaborate and release music under?
That’s my dream for The Venus Project. To invite more women to express themselves and collaborate together. New faces, new brains, new music, new creations. It would be so incredible to see it reach more and more people.
You chose today (International Women’s Day!) to release the album, what is the significance of this for you?
This album is such a celebration of women’s creativity and expression it just felt to right to give it to the world as a gift on International Women’s Day. That is what International Women’s Day should be; a party for how amazing we are!
The rhetoric around feminism is changing and gaining traction, what do you see as the next big step for women as a collective?
I truly believe we are on our way to some incredible change. Personally I would love to see a woman’s substance be the most celebrated thing about them. I feel that in the past a woman has been seen as something to look at, something to be enjoyed as a physical being, or to compliment the existence of men. We have come so far from those times but I still see women feeling like they have to appear some certain way. I feel like there is still a lot of shame or embarrassment associated with being an outspoken, sexual woman. That woman can’t represent those things AND be humble and intelligent and deep. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. To feel enough and accepted as I come as a woman is something I feel I have to fight for sometimes.
Finally, we are hugeeee Haim fans so have to ask - what was it like to meet them?!
Firstly, me too! They’re are such bad ass women and so good live, I feel inspired every time I watch them.
The Venus Project: Vol 1. is out now and available for purchase here.
Photos by Catie Laffon, illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky.