Guest Playlist: Georgia Mae imparts the meaning behind her songs

Penning her first song at the age of four, Queenslander Georgia Mae, is no stranger to the art of songwriting.

Mae has amassed an incredible repertoire of experience in the past years. Her keen songwriting skills earned her a scholarship at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a degree in Music Technology. She later travelled to San Francisco and LA, where she worked as a recording artist for US TV shows including Keeping Up With The Kardashians before landing a role at Warner Bros. Studios.

Her previous singles have accrued over 1.5 million streams on Spotify as she continues her upwards trajectory as an artist.

Hot off the heels of the release of her latest single “Soul Like This”, Georgia Mae sat down with the AU review to open up about the meaning behind her previous songs. She’s curated a playlist for each song she’s discussing, so give it a play and read on:

“Soul Like This”
I wrote this one while sitting on the end of my bed in my LA apartment last year…it’s weird how vivid my memory is of this moment. It was Friday afternoon and I’d just bounced a new demo of another song and was waiting for feedback when I started having a play on the guitar and “Soul Like This” just sort of projectile-vomited out of me. I’d had this urge for a while to write about how good it feels to really find yourself, and how excited I was to find someone to love who had done the same. Naw <3

“Dirt Road”
This one’s quite heavy… it’s about being taken advantage of. Specifically, as a solo female artist in the industry in LA. But I kind of masked it as being taken advantage of in something like a romantic relationship or friendship – I think at the time I was still afraid to admit what had happened. So yeah, I was going through a tough time but something that kept me going was this vision-type thing I’d have of running down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. It was so freeing. And gave me my strength back. I wrote the whole song on my little NORD keyboard in about an hour and remember being super excited to start recording it and creating its sonic world around the keys.

Your basic breakup song. My first proper one, I think? (Song, not breakup.) Yeah, I remember feeling sooo sad and just crushed about such a massive fail of a relationship and a colossal waste of time and energy. But I also got this comforting sense of clarity once it was all over and done with. And then this song came out. I was living in San Francisco at the time. Many tears were shed. But at least I got a song out of him, hey.

I wrote “Move” when I was thinking about moving to the States. I remember feeling so impatient…I was itching to go and felt like, for the first time, I knew exactly what I wanted in my life but was in a relationship with someone in Australia so things were a little complicated. Fun fact – my old co-producer and I had a ridiculous amount of fun programming beats in this.

“Time With You”
My lil baby, “Time With You”. Aw. Even though it’s about 4 years old now, it still means a lot to me. When you start spending time with someone you have a massive crush on, and then that crush just keeps growing the more time you spend together, it’s such a juicy time. It’s the best but also a bit strange…I remember feeling desperate to put my interpretation of that melting pot of feelings into music. Et voila.

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Ed Hirst

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