MANY of us have had…
rather unconventional lives and experiences. Gg has been involved with Russian mobs and had the sort of ‘excitement’ many of would not even dream of! I have been talking with the Russian artist about her latest track, Freezing, and how she is getting on.
She lets me into her world and discusses future material and whether she has progressed as an artist; if there are any tour dates approaching; whether she gets time to chill way from music – Gg tells me what the scene is like in Russia right now.
Hi, Gg. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey! Kind of obscure, to tell the truth. I’ve been totally drunk at a Russian film festival; had a fight with a taxi driver (and had to defend Theresa May from an Armenian taxi driver in Moscow; no kidding) and all week have been trying to oppose being brainwashed by my fiancée’s mother. She’s a lovely lass, although Putin knows nothing about brainwash compared to her…
So, as you say in the U.K.: I’m fine, thank you…
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
Well. I’m Gg. I play Electro-Pop songs. I’ve got long legs, ginger hair; deep texts, a rich voice and poor friends from Russian mobs. I’m timid, modest and s*it but, if people ask “Who’s your daddy?!” - scream my name, God save the queen!
What can you tell me about your new song, Freezing? How did the song come together?
Well. I could say about broken hearts, recite some John Clare; but, to tell the truth - it was damn freezing in Moscow and I had just watched the last season of Game of Thrones.
Is there going to be more material later in the year?
Oh, yes: my third single and an album. I’m going to release a new album with some weird stuff. I don’t know how I came up with it….
Do you think you have progressed as an artist since your earliest days? Do you grow more confident with each release?
I’d say that I’m getting closer to my secret dream: an E.P. all in cockney.
You are a Russian artist. Is there an active musical scene there right now?
I've just released an album. It’s kind of different in my mother tongue; kind of makes one think about how, in different countries, you become a different person - a nice, comfortable schizophrenic feeling. Generally, nothing is going on (on) the Russian stage. Let’s forget about politeness for a second: modern music belongs to the U.K.
Do you remember how you got into music? Were there particular artists that influenced you?
Bach. My parents took me to a Bach concert in my hometown. It was the ‘90s; we were in Russia; there were people dying all around, people got nothing to eat - and here it came. I haven’t caught my breath since that night, to be frank. It almost felt like Bruce Wayne – although, he would break in Russia.
Can we see you tour this year? What gigs do you have coming along?
I wish I could answer ‘yes’, but we’ll see...
Do you think you’ll be playing in the U.K. at all?
Definitely. I’m honoured to have the chance.
What do you hope to achieve in 2018?
I’m going to make my own movie. As for music - the last few months were too busy; I’ve got to have some time off. Also, build a house; give birth to a son, plant a tree and all this - while looking gorgeous.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
Yeah. I do: every time my tour manager Steve begs me to bring him a Russian wife. It's nice to feel powerful; what can I say?!
Which three albums mean the most to you, would you say?
‘The White Album’ (The Beatles) by The Beatles; Highlands by Halsey and Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Stop. Reflect on yourself. Understand yourself in this particular moment. Accept that you can’t do it; not now, not later…not ever. Cause it’s all mine. Joking. Play your own music.
Never give in.
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
No. I don’t, actually. To unwind I write screenplays and sail; sometimes, simultaneously. I adore sailing.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Well. It’s going to be Scooter’s Fire, then! My sweet childhood memories of Russian Disco-Dance. My favourite lullaby…