It’s been a crazy 18 months for Melbourne’s Georgia Flipo, aka G Flip. She has taken over Triple J with her relatable and highly infectious singles, killed her sets at South by South West, Groovin the Moo and most recently Lollapolloza along with her guest appearance drumming for The Rubens at Splendour In The Grass, and her first tour won over hearts around the nation.
“There’s a lot of moment of – I call them what the fuck moments, where I’m just like, ‘What the fuck is going on? How is this real life right now?’. There’s a lot of that – a lot of me in my own head being freaked out by how crazy my life has become all of a sudden,” laughs G Flip.
But the craziness was written in the stars for G Flip. Her idolised high school drum teacher, Jenny Rose Morrish, who sadly passed away in 2015, knew Georgia was destined for a wild life.
“She was my biggest idol ever and everything she wanted to do, and everything she did, I wanted to do. So I bought the same drum kit as her, I bought the same drum sticks as her. She was like – you know when there’s someone that you look up to when you’re like a young teenager and you think they’re the coolest thing ever? I just thought she was the coolest person ever and I wanted to be just like her. And she played in a band and her band was on Triple J Unearthed and I used to go listen to their songs on Triple J Unearthed, and she went and did a bachelor of music after high school so I did the same,” G Flip explains.
“As a kid, I would always be like ‘Jenny, what I am going to be when I’m older?’, and she would always be like, ‘I don’t know Flip but it’s going to be something really crazy’ and now I think about my life and it’s definitely like she said – really crazy! She’s watching me from above and I actually built this LED drum which I play with every show and it’s like my drum is alive. My front skin has an emoji face on it that moves to the emotions of each song and I named that drum Jeromo after Jenny. Her spirit lives within this crazy live drum!”
The craziness just keeps coming though. Now the multi-instrumentalist will join the Spilt Milk line-up and has sold out her Australian tour in November for her debut album release, ‘About Us’, which details her, at times, turbulent relationship, and is hitting us hard in the feels tomorrow!
“The whole album is about this on and off relationship that I’ve been in for four years now. When it came to putting all of the songs in order, I actually put them in order of how our story kind of happened,” she explains. “So for me ‘Lover’, the opening track is kind of like an exposition of a Shakespeare play – it kind of lays out what is going to happen in the whole storyline of the album. ‘I’m Not Afraid’ which is the upside of when you’ve been dumped and you’re so resilient… and then the next track ‘Drink Too Much’ is like the flipside of that when you’re like drinking your sorrows and going out and partying… I just put the tracks in order of how our relationship panned out and by the end you can see if we got back together or not through our ups and downs.”
While it seems both G Flips’ relationship and career have been a wild ride to date, one thing is for certain – this talented musician is in for even more crazy experiences in the near future!
Release: About Us drops tomorrow (Friday 30 August) via Future Classic.
You can catch G Flip on her upcoming tour and at Spilt Milk in Ballarat Saturday 30 November. Spilt Milk is sold-out, but the resale facility is now open.
Written by Tammy Walters