Blending bold alternative and pop sounds rich in textures and multi-layered harmonies into a style all of her own. The former front-woman of hit alternative act Company of Thieves, Genevieve embarks as a solo artist with her new debut EP Show Your Colors -a triumphant collection of songs that focus on the power of celebrating one’s true self.
Most recently, her single ‘Colors’ have been featured in HBO award winning show, Girls, official trailer and MTV’s Finding Carter. Youthgasm had the chance to interview chat with her about her music, going solo and more.
How was it for you the transition of being a part of Company of Thieves, to going solo once the band dismembered?
For me, “going solo” is just stepping further into my truth. The transition was scary at times but also inevitable.
Do you think it was something positive to you?
Beyond it being positive or negative, it was absolutely necessary for me! I am growing and changing and I want to reflect that in my music.
‘Colors’ seem to be inspirational for you at this transition, as it appears in both your single and debut EP title, why’s that?
Showing my colors is showing how I really feel! I used to have a difficult time expressing my truth because I am sensitive and I would pick up on how everyone around me felt- I would physically feel all of the energy around me in a room and it was quite detrimental to my health, especially on tour meeting heaps of people every night. I had a difficult time creating boundaries! In the past few years, I have started to meditate regularly and I have been learning how to turn on my clairvoyance so that I can see energy now instead of just feeling it. For me, color translates to vibration (as in vibes) and it helps me get a read on what is going on within me and around me.
How does it feel to have more freedom regarding everything now? I mean, in a band even if you all get along well there’s always artistic differences.
More freedom = more feeling! My range of feeling has expanded!
It seems like it all happened extremely fast, was it ever overwhelming to you?
My concept of time changes often, so sometimes this whole thing feels painfully slow to me and sometimes it feels like it all happens too fast, haha! Transitions are usually pretty overwhelming to me, yes, in a wonderful way. Better overwhelming than underwhelming, wouldn’t you say? 😉
What do you have to say? In your music, to the world? What is currently inspiring your songs and inspired you to go on and go solo right after ‘Company of Thieves’?
Here are some things I have to say I my music to the world:
-If you want to you can be your own authority.
-You can celebrate you by showing your colors and not hiding who you are or how you feel.
-You can run out of answers and you can ask more questions
-You can change your answers and explore your definitions
-You can learn to love others by loving yourself
-You can learn to forgive others by forgiving yourself
-You can allow yourself to be surprised by life and discover new ways of relating to yourself and others
-You can dare to dream
How would you say your living situation, moving from Chicago to LA, have changed your mind and consequently your music?
I am more vulnerable in LA because it is new to me and in turn, my music is more vulnerable.
By listening to your songs I think you are in a path for finding yourself and your own music, what have you been done differently while trying to find your own happiness?
I have started to slow down and actually listen to my body. Establishing this line of communication has helped me immensely.
How did LA affect it?
Living in a new place like LA has given me a permission slip to learn more about myself!
How is it for you to play live nowadays? I mean, you are basically what people are there to see, no more shared attention!
Playing live is and always has been paramount. It is the rawest, exclusive experience for the performer and the listener. Each moment is an opportunity to transform.
Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
It’s not easy, it’s worth it: show your colors!
Thank you, I hope to meet you someday!
Genevieve’s debut EP ‘Show Your Colors’ is available for purchase at iTunes.
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