The Venus Project Interview - Uncensored Expression
Meet Georgia Nott, one half of New Zealand duo Broods, and the mind behind The Venus Project. Georgia began The Venus Project to showcase and empower women within the music industry. We were lucky enough to have a chat to Georgia about the creation of The Venus Project, the Volume 1 LP's production and the future of the project.
Futuremag Music: Can you talk us through the process of how you moved into music? What was your relationship with music like over the years?
The Venus Project: I have wanted to be a singer since I can remember. I loved music and singing and playing instruments all my life. I was always encouraged by my parents to make my voice heard and chase my pipe dreams as if they were an inevitable outcome. I started writing when I was about 10. The songs were all super cheesy and I had no experiences to write about but I found my expression as a young girl which has been the making of me.
Futuremag Music: When you announced The Venus Project, what was the music community's response? How has the response developed your view of the music scene as a whole? How would you like the music industry evolve?
The Venus Project: I have had nothing but support from the people around me, in and out of the industry. I hope it goes further than just support of what I’m doing though. I hope it inspires and sparks a new era of women marrying their feminism and their art to represent a new world of powerful, unapologetic women.
Futuremag Music: How did you assemble the team surrounding the project? How has the album's impact, and message developed since working exclusively with a female team?
The Venus Project: I wanted to speak from a new place with this project from the beginning. I wanted to say what was on my mind and sing about things that are important to me personally. I had a bunch of demos and an idea to work with an all female creative team to realise them into a finished product. I had a very strong vision at the beginning and, if I’m honest, the way it has turned out is just how I imagined.
Futuremag Music: The album is relatively mellow on the electronic side, and highly emotive. Can you talk us through the technical process of when you were producing the album? What subtle aspects of the production would you like a listener to keep an ear out for?
The Venus Project: I wanted to keep it raw. I engineered and produced a lot of the record myself before working with anyone else. I got attached to the way the demos made me feel so I kept some of them exactly the same or close to the way they were first recorded. I felt they told the story so authentically that way. The two amazing women I worked with on the record, Camila Mora and Ceci Gomez, came in with exactly what I needed to take it to where I always envisioned it. That’s something I’m very grateful to have had.
Futuremag Music: How does this album's production differ from your work with Broods? What aspects of the album were your favourite to work on?
The Venus Project: It’s a lot less pop. It’s more of an uncensored version of my expression. I didn’t make this record with radio play in mind or even live shows in mind. I ran on instincts through the making of this record and that was very liberating for me.
Futuremag Music: What does the future hold for The Venus Project? It’s hard to tell at this point. I’m thrilled with the support it has gained so far and I would love to build on it and invite as many women to be a part of it as possible.
Futuremag Music: A bit of a silly one to wrap things up. If 'The Venus Project' was a cocktail what would be in it to best describe yourself, and your music?
The Venus Project: Tequila!!! And shit tonnes of citrus haha.