Gia Woods went from strumming her guitar in her Los Angeles bedroom, to hitting the stage of some of your favorite festivals. Alternative dark-pop star, Gia Woods is rising through the industry and making her way into your Friday night playlists. We hung out with the One Big Party singer after her performance at OutLoud Music Festival in Nashville and talked life in Los Angeles, her creative process behind some of her recent releases, and there may be a nod to Emma Robert’s Unfabulous tv show?
Find out what what has Gia overthinking below in our first Artist of the Month interview:
What are only a couple of words that best describe you as an artist?
I feel like I’m very adventurous and curious. I’m always trying to explore different sounds and different sides of me through my music.
You also write your own music?
Yeah, definitely. I write my own music. Sometimes I collaborate with other writers, but I always have a hand in all my songs.
Do you remember the first song that you ever made?
Oh my God, yeah [laughs]. It was kind of stupid, but it was called Bored, which I literally wrote because I was bored. Growing up, I didn’t have that many friends so I wrote a song about being bored on the weekends.
[Laughs] That kind of sounds like that show Unfabulous with Emma Roberts. Where she used to always be in her room making up songs on her guitar.
Yes! That was literally my life.
How long have you been singing for? What made you realize that you had a passion for music, and that it was something you wanted to pursue?
My sister had a guitar and she would play it constantly, so it sparked my attention pretty early. I taught myself how to play it. And I also had a cousin who was an artist, and I was really inspired by her. Going to her room and seeing all her different instruments just made me super curious about music, and I was just drawn to it. I was also in choir and orchestra growing up, so I kind of just stuck with it. So, it wasn’t just a tiny little hobby that I just tried out, I was always involved in music.
Where do you draw creative inspiration from? Do you draw from personal experience when writing songs?
I only pull from personal experiences when I’m writing. It’s always about what’s currently going on or something that has happened. A lot of my songs are definitely about real situations. Yeah, super personal.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s definitely pop, but I think that a lot of my songs have an alternative side to it. Maybe alternative dark-pop.
Who are some of the artists that influence your sound?
Radiohead, Madonna, Green Day…mostly anything that my sister listened to growing up. She was heavily obsessed with Green Day and MGMT. I just dove into that genre of music really young because that’s what she would always listen to.
What’s your favorite Green Day song?
That’s a good question. I would have to say…Basket Case.
Yes! It’s the best song. Everyone knows the lyrics to that song.
It was between Basket Case and 21 Guns for me.
Honestly, any Green Day song is the best song. Every single one. Everyone knows the words to Green Day songs and if you don’t, you’re weird [laughs].
This is true. And speaking of songs, let’s talk about Feel It. We’ve been playing it on a loop in the office and someone called their 90s teen queen song.
I love that!
What would you say this record is about, like where did it come from?
It was inspired by the relationship that I was in at that time. And I was inspired by the fact that I was so mesmerized by someone. You know that feeling when you can’t stop thinking about a person, and you’re kind of obsessed and you don’t know why you’re so drawn to this person?
Girl, preach.[Laughs] But then you just let go of all the bad thoughts and all your worries, and you just go all in for this person. I’m an over-thinker. And sometimes, I’m just like “oh my god, this is moving too fast…what am I doing?” But with this song, it’s just about letting all that stuff go and letting myself be all in, letting myself feel it.
If you had to pick one of your tracks that is your absolute favorite…favorite to record or perform, which one would it be?
I would say Keep On Coming is one of my favorite songs. It’s also my favorite song to perform. That song was written in 20 minutes on a keyboard at my friend’s house. I was just in a really good groove when I wrote it, the chords just kept coming and coming. I felt a vibe with that record. I always start my shows with that record.
Is there a line in that record that stands out for you?
It’s little out there, but it’s “fuck me with your eyes” [laughs]. That’s my favorite lyric, though. Kind of self explanatory.
Is there anything you’ve learned from the experiences you’ve had in the past year that has impacted your creation process for your next set of material or your last record?
I’m constantly learning. I think that over this past year, I’ve been more in-tune with myself. During that time, I was in a really long term relationship and whenever you go through a break up, I feel like you grow a million times more. Even in the first 24 hours, there is this growth that happens. So I think the ending of my relationship put me in a position to be more open and vulnerable in ways that I didn’t think was possible. I’m always growing through friendships and relationships.
And you’re from LA, right?
Yeah, I’m an LA Girl.
What I always find interesting about LA is that people go there to make it in whatever industry, and it’s so competitive. So I’ve always wondered how people just advance in this city. How did you do it?
I just kind of fell into it. I never thought that I could actually do the artist thing. I wanted to do music, but I didn’t know how. I think a lot of people just move here and not really know where to start. I think that I just got lucky because I was scouted in high school, and I just happened to have someone in the audience who had a interest in me. And that person has helped me navigate through this industry, but that doesn’t happen all the time. Pure luck. I just think that you just get lucky sometimes because you can’t force people to see what you see in yourself. Some people are their own managers, I don’t get it [laughs], but some people are just wired that way. They just know how to be an artist. But for those who don’t, it’s difficult.
Los Angeles is competitive, and there are so many talented artists here, so it sucks because they deserve so much.
What’s can we expect from you next?
I have an EP coming really soon and I’m really excited about it because I’ve been wanting to do a project for so long. I’ve been working on it for a couple of months, so you can definitely look out for that. I’m also looking at an early 2020 tour, so definitely expect that as well.
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