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Georgie And The Georgettes Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Georgie And The Georgettes Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show 
Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  Georgie and The Georgettes is a new project by Georgie Cooper and Gwyn Jones aka George Royale celebrating their mutual enthusiasm for 60s Girl Groups, Doo Wop, Country and Rockabilly.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  We have both been writing and recording a lot of material individually and in collaboration and Georgie has been performing as well with her husband Dan. As for highlights, it’s always a great feeling to finish recording songs that we believe in amd then to see them released.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:  Shaloomalooma is the debut EP by Georgie and The Georgettes out on Nub Music and has been very well received so far.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:  Shaloomalooma is the title song and first track and harks back to the era when there were a lot of Shooby Doo Wah type songs which we both are big fans of.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  All the songs were co-written by Georgie and Gwyn. The production was mainly by Georgie with some duties undertaken by Dan and also Paris Kis on one track.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  There’s a whole host of influences from the Chiffons/Ronettes/Shangri-Las through Kacey Musgraves to Wanda Jackson and beyond...but mainly strong female singers with a sassy attitude.
Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  It’s fun, it’s catchy and it’s danceable! The kind of song that makes someone pick up a hairbrush microphone to sing along to.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:  Maybe Cadillac Cabriolet?

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  Either heartfelt and emotive or feelgood and toe-tapping depending on mood.

Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Georgie Cooper. How did that happen to come about?

Answer:  Georgie’s husband Dan has been producing my music for years and suggested that we might work well together as a duet as our writing and vocal styles seemed very compatible. However on this EP, Georgie takes centre stage.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer:  That is a difficult one as there are so many but from this EP, it has to be Shaloomalooma. It came about as we shared ideas about how to achieve a simple classic style with multiple harmonies, which is not as easy as it sounds. So hat’s off to Georgie who managed to achieve that with her vocals.
Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer:  One young fan liked the rockabilly aspect of George Royale’s earlier material so much that she vowed to become a Rockabilly radio presenter. It took her a few years but now she hosts her own show featuring Rockabilly Country and Roots music on a prime time UK radio station.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:  Very deep and there are far too many influences to mention here but we both admire Dolly Parton very much for her incredible songwriting and musical skills combined with her longevity.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  There’s always been good music around but it was harder to find perhaps in the past. The internet allows people to find the music they prefer so much more easily. The downside of that is the fact that artists don’t receive decent renumeration for their work.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer:  It’s a lot easier to be an independent artist or label but there is so much competition which makes it harder to break through.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer:  To compensate artists more fairly for their work.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you have many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer:  Recording.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  We hope that we cut across borders whilst still retaining the integrity of the roots of different genres.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Answer:  A songwriting contract with an actual advance.
Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Answer:  The constant search for the next good song.
Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer:  Everyone is unique in their own way. It’s whether that uniqueness appeals to a wider audience.
Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Answer:  Working with disabled people on musical records and shows and raising enough money to keep that particular project going.
Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Answer:  Listening to music funnily enough!

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Answer: Lots and lots of things. However it’s best to count your blessings and not dwell on if onlys.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer:  Musically, to gain wider recognition and continue to improve.
Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Answer:  The Opry at The Ryman in Nashville.

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Answer:  Georgie and her husband Dan are great performers so a wonderful gig.

Lamitschka:  When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answer:  Yes
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Answer:  Lots of songs available to download at https://cooperjones1.bandcamp.com/music

Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Answer:  Will you play at my wedding please?

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer:  Return Of The Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer:  Hi! Check out the new EP Shaloomalooma!

Lamitschka:  How do you feel about winning the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull award in 2013?  What has it done for your career?

Answer:  Very honoured and has led to a lot of interest.

Lamitschka:  You have a new love in your life? Can you tell us something about it?

Answer:  My new love is a Spire recording device and it’s really great for recording demos.

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

Answer:  A member of a previous band that I was in when I was much younger was once sick over Carl Perkins‘ blue suede shoes on a tour bus coming away from Wembley stadium! We were on the way to a post show party with all the stars. Needless to say we never made it to that party.

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Answer:  A day that involves making good music, spending time with my family and some good food and drink.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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