SOARING VOCALS AND EXPERIMENTAL COMPOSITION: IN CONVERSATION WITH TANYA GEORGE

It’s only 2 weeks ago since Tanya George released her EP ‘Normality’ and the brilliant singer/songwriter has certainly left an impact. With her incredible vocal skills which – by the way – has an octave range of 4,5 (!) she also offers interesting songwriting. So naturally we had to have a conversation with her. 

Tanya George wanted to push the typical way of making music so she took her looping skills that she had perfected from busking in the streets of Melbourne and put them into an EP only using vocal looping. The EP consists of 6 intriguing tracks that each has that special something that makes it stand out. 

Thrilled to learn more about Tanya we sat down to ask her a few questions. 


YMX: Hey Tanya George, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project? 

Tanya George: Be open minded, let yourself think and question whatever comes to their mind when listening to the new EP. I wanted to challenge the preconceived notion of how and what makes normal pop music.

YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?

Tanya George: I think I was 12 and I said to mum (in a very pre teen dramatic way) that I didn’t want to do life if I didn’t do music and I wasn’t going to go to school anymore unless I could sing, we both knew that I’d do it forever.

YMX: You recently released your EP ‘Normality’. Can you tell us how that project came about?

Tanya George: 2 things For the EP songwriting – I was questioning what a normal life was, if I had a normal job, if where I was at in life was a normal place to be, if I was a normal person, in a normal world, in a normal city, is what I do normal and so on. I started this particular vocal looping project busking the streets of Melbourne and I couldn’t carry or afford new instruments so I used my voice instead to emulate what they did. Boom! It worked, it’s different and people really enjoy it.

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to your EP?

Tanya George: That everything they go through in their life is part of their journey. Wherever they are in their own life; is where they are meant to be and to trust it will guide them to where they are going. I question normality throughout the EP to push the boundaries and to try to challenge people’s perception about what is normal.

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you? 

Tanya George: I had no creative juices in lockdown unfortunately, I struggled to write new songs specifically for myself but worked on other important creative looping videos; I did one for Rolling Stone Mag which was cool. I unfortunately wasn’t able to go to the studio so it delayed my album by 7 months but that’s okay, it will come.

YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?

Tanya George: I love writing alone. I enjoy getting all my ideas, lyrics, melodies together first and then going into the studio to record it with someone else. I feel like that helps my songs come alive and feel polished in the studio! If I write for my band, I do the same thing but then I allow suggestions and creative discussion especially when we are playing live shows and need to rearrange a song I’ve already released or written. Then collaboration; I am a lot more open minded but I enjoy it most when someone has an idea, they bring it to me, I like it and then they ask me to contribute. For example they would like me to write and sing a second verse followed by joining them in the chorus.

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would consider doing a livestream concert?

Tanya George: The last live gig I did – I was standing on stage at the Grand Prix on que waiting for gates to open and to sing my lungs out, completed a good sound check but then Scott Morrison announced the entire Grand Prix was being cancelled and everyone had to leave the grounds immediately!! The last gig I played was a live stream for Melbourne Central’s Instagram! That one was particularly fun. I actually don’t enjoy playing live stream concerts, I find it so awkward but I LOVE playing live. I am the most myself when I am on stage.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?

Tanya George: I have another vocal loop single I may release following up from this EP, then next year I hope to have my debut album finished and bring my band back on board. I have a show on December 3rd, I want to try to support small businesses and do smaller Covid safe shows for something different- as well as go back to touring and playing bigger shows! Super exciting!