One of my favourite things to do aside from sleeping and eating mac and cheese is listening to new music. This week’s feature is a gifted artist who should truly be added to your Spotify playlists…like now. Right now…
Geneva and I discuss music, life and a whole lot more in this all-new #TMITuesday interview.
1. Who or what inspires your music?
Anything can be inspiration if you let it – pain, heartbreak, love, longing…LIFE! When I feel disappointed or upset about something, I find writing can be very cathartic. It helps me process what I’m feeling and obviously when other people can relate to those feelings and experiences in the music, it makes it even more rewarding / meaningful.
I’m always excavating past experiences, moments, situations, feelings, memories for inspiration. The gift of a good songwriter is to communicate these every day feelings in a unique way that feels true to the artist and their audience.
2. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
I’m technically a “halfmerican” – my biological father was originally from Miami so I’m technically half American. Also, I used to play cello 🙂
3. How important is it for you to be your authentic self when creating music?
Very! The moment you start creating from a place of “what will other people like”, you’re not creating from an authentic place. I think the more honest and vulnerable I am in terms of my songwriting, the more the right people will gravitate to my music and relate to me as an artist and person just going through this crazy journey we call life together.
4. If you could choose one song by any artist to be your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why
Honestly, “Win” by Jay Rock gets me hype. There is so much rejection and weird shit that goes down in this industry, and people can switch up on a dime, so you really need to have thick skin to make it anywhere. You can’t let other people derail you or let outside opinions interfere with your vision. Not everyone is gonna get it, that’s not your problem. Keep pushing! In the words of Jay Rock, “You either with me or against me, ho!”
5. What is an average day like for you?
Admittedly I don’t have a super wild and unpredictable day-to-day life most days – I work a 9-5 and have a 7-year-old daughter so I’m not living any type of glamorous lifestyle for the most part. However, stability, consistency and limiting distractions has resulted in me going beast mode these past couple years over COVID and I currently have over 25 song demos in the chamber so I guess there’s something to be said for being a bit “boring” 😛
I try to carve out time for songwriting / studio time as often as possible and also work with a voice + performance coach weekly. I have been investing heavily in my craft.
6. Who is your dream artist to do a collab with?
I would love to work with SAINt JHN, he’s such a dope songwriter and I love his vibe. I feel like we’d do a crazy song together. I’m a huge fan of other songwriters / artists like Tiara Thomas, Ari Lennox, Stacy Barthe…I’d love to work with them. In Toronto, would be sick to do a song with Sean Leon or Runway the Catwalker. I love Clairmont the Second also.
7. I write a lot about reality TV on here, are you a fan?
Girl yes! The trashier the better. The last thing I watched was The Ultimatum which was delightfully chaotic.
8. Do you have a celebrity crush? If so, who?
We can go with SAINt JHN here too. He’s so hot and stylish!
9. What are your thoughts on the new Drake album?
I actually like that he did a house record, I’m not mad at it, but I feel like he did it in like a week. As an OG house head the bar is pretty high so I’m probably more judgmental than the average listener. Anything that can introduce the next generation to the culture is dope though, so I hope his younger listeners dug into the genre and the history more. There are some great books on electronic music history so…study up!! Modulations, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, Energy Flash to name a few…
10. What’s next for you?
I have a pretty large body of work at the moment so would love to release a proper full 12-track album but I have to bide my time with some singles for now. I’ll be releasing “Larry Hoover,” a collab with S4G4 late fall, “Body On Me,” a dancy bop produced by KYU in early spring around March, and then a summer jam in May called “Down Bad” featuring Basi Azul. In the meanwhile, if you like house, “The Vibe” just came out not too long ago. It’s a vibe, as its namesake suggests!
Keep up with Geneva!
https://ffm.bio/geneva (Main DSP/music links)
Link to the latest release: https://ffm.to/thevibeftgeneva