While undertaking her Bachelor of Australian Popular Music at NMIT in 2009, singer-songwriter, Georgia Fields, took out top prize in the NMIT Songwriters' Competition.
Since then she’s gone on to be featured by The Sydney Morning Herald as one of their 'Next Big Things' in music.
Along the way she has toured nationally, appeared on SBS's cult television show RocKwiz, and played some of the country’s major music festivals. Her self-titled debut album was released to critical acclaim in October 2010.
Georgia’s music combines experimental sounds with mature and considered orchestral arrangements, resulting in an authentic and eccentric sound. Items like drills, lemonade cans and children’s toys have found their way onto her recordings, giving her music a unique quality. She has been variously described by the music press as “wonderfully experimental”, “a magician” and “unique and timeless”.
Georgia’s first taste of success was in 2007, when she reached fourth place on Triple J’s ‘Unearthed’ Pop Charts for her independent EP release Drama on the High Seas of Emotion. Already a veteran of live music performances at festivals like St Kilda, Apollo Bay, Queenscliff and High Vibes in Northcote, the singer’s style is quirky with a nod towards songwriters from the 60s.
A regular on Melbourne’s vibrant live music scene, she loves getting the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians. “There have been a lot of independent local music festivals popping up over the last few years. It’s been great to see local bands and artists working together to stage events.”
Georgia says the NMIT course was a perfect option for her because she didn’t have to study a particular stream like jazz or “improv”. Instead, she was free to study a range of music subjects, while still practising in her pop music discipline. “I wanted to expand my theoretical and arranging knowledge, meet likeminded musicians and have the opportunity to grow artistically in a vibrant community,” she says.
She describes working with NMIT’s Greg Arnold, who produced her album, as a “monumentally” rewarding learning curve. “I would recommend the course to any musician who is keen to expand their skills in areas like performance, theory, arrangement and music culture. Plus the teachers are really supportive.”