Brisbane songstress Georgia Potter is going it alone and turning heads as she goes.
Georgia has been part of the Brisbane music scene in one band or another since 2007, but it's her solo project that is getting the soulful singer noticed this year. After a long bout of overseas travel, Potter has returned to Australia with a bang, releasing two singles, the latter of which, 'Reckless' has already earned her the title of Triple J Unearthed feature artist last week.
“It's been an awesome first week for ‘Reckless’,” Potter says. “We've had thousands of listens on Soundcloud, and some really glowing reviews, and obviously it's exciting to be Unearthed feature artist. So that's very encouraging since the song's only been out for seven days.”
'Reckless’ was born in the back of Potter's car in the camping ground of Splendour In The Grass, when she awoke with the bassline in her head. Potter laughs that the song wasn't about her getting up to mischief but was “just to do with the kind of time that I was having. More so than specifically being about lust and desire, which initially the song is obviously about, it's also about spontaneity, about the fact that you do have to have those moments where you don't give a fuck about the consequences, and you're doing something that is reckless and whimsical and perhaps not as cautious. You've gotta just trust impulse sometimes and not try to predetermine anything. So, ‘Reckless’ is a celebration of that, I guess.”
Her solo releases have drawn comparisons to Frank Ocean, albeit female, which Potter says is the style she was aiming for.
“Frank is possibly one of my most favourite artists of all time,” Potter admits. “It's massively flattering that people are drawing those comparisons and really understanding what I'm doing. Probably, to be honest, there's a lot more kind of darkness in what I do than in Frank Ocean's kind of stuff, so I guess another massive influence on me is Portishead. That would possibly be the only thing that would equal or better that statement would be [a comparison to] Portishead.”
Potter will hit the road in April with Laneous & The Family Yah, of which she was previously a member, for Pink Dove III: The Bird Fire Review, a three-show tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The show is described as a five-hour long epic of Bird Fire Artists combining in various incarnations.
“I think it's going to run pretty back-to-back; there's going to be no dead-air time. So it's going to be kind of like those old-fashioned soul revue shows, where it is totally about the audience, and about having non-stop music. [It's] sort of paying homage to that kind of tradition of performance, rather than just putting on a normal gig.”
Fans can expect plenty of crossover between the 12 musicians who make up the bands of The Bird Fire Review.
“I think there's somebody in every band that's in the next band, and the drummer, she's playing in every set. We'll all probably guest with each other at some point, so I guess it is going to be a bit incestuous.”
Potter agrees that this nature is typical to the Brisbane scene.
“There's also camaraderie in Brisbane, and especially having seen other scenes — London and New York and being in those kind of places — I think it is really special that in Brisbane we are all kind of nurturing each other, and trying to bring as many people along with our successes.”
Potter credits her earlier work with bands like Laneous & The Family Yah for helping her to develop her musical style and persona.
“I guess only since my travels have I really decided to put my own project right at the forefront of what I'm doing and make it my sole priority. It's been nice to sort of find my feet and cut my teeth with all these other bands, and kind of bring a clarity to my own stuff from experience with those bands.”
Georgia Potter performs in Pink Dove III at The Zoo April 27. ‘Reckless’ is out now.