Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Australian Popular Music student, Georgia Fields, is busy working on her first album, following the recent launch of her single ‘One finger’ at the Raval in Sydney.
“The album is shaping up to be something really wonderful if I do say so myself,” she laughs.
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”.
The singer-songwriter has had quite a year. As well as touring and recording she took out top prize in the Melbourne Polytechnic Songwriters’ Competition. “It was a really great community event,” she says. “The staff worked really hard to give us an opportunity to present our work at a professional level, and all the students were really encouraging.”
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. Now signed to Popboomerang Records, the 26-year-old is preparing to tour with her album later this year. 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 year. It’s been great to see local bands and artists working together to stage events.”
Georgia, who also works as a nanny, says the Melbourne Polytechnic 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 Melbourne Polytechnic’s Greg Arnold, who is producing 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.”
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