As one half of New Zealand’s favourite brother-sister duo Broods, Georgia Nott has spent most of her time in recent years either in a studio or on the road touring – a dream situation for many musicians.
But there was one slightly uncomfortable fact that continually cropped up for her: she was often the only woman in the room.
“It really struck me at some point, that more often than not when I go into the studio, the producer is a guy, and the engineer is a guy, and I guess most of the time I’m the only girl in the room. Often it’s the same on tour or when we’re playing live.”
So when Georgia began contemplating a solo side project, she also found herself highly motivated to work with other women.
“I had these songs that I’d been writing that were a bit more personal than anything else I’d written, and I was thinking about releasing them on the side. And I was also thinking, ‘I’m pretty capable, why don’t I just start producing it myself, and see what happens’.
“But then I kept encountering all these ridiculously talented ladies who I’d meet in LA and on my travels that I wanted to work with, and that’s how it became this all-female collaboration.”
That collaboration resulted in The Venus Project: Vol 1., brought to life entirely by a team of women. From the artwork to the mastering and management, it’s a celebration of many impressive creative female talents who often fly under the radar.
“The women involved in this project might not be well known, but they’re all so passionate about what they do, 24/7, just constantly driven – they don’t turn it on and off when it suits, they are living and breathing their creativity and standing up for themselves, and those are the kind of people I wanted to shine a light on.”
The group includes Camila Mora, who tours with Broods as their keyboard player, but is also a highly skilled producer; visual artist and illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky; project manager Sherry Elbe; mix engineer Adrianne ‘AG’ Gonzalez; mastering engineer Emily Lazar, photographer Catie Laffoon; and producer Ceci Gomez, who worked with Georgia on the first single Won’t Hurt. The list of collaborators continued to expand as they headed towards the album release on the 8th of March – which is also International Women’s Day.
It’s a raw, vulnerable collection of vocal-driven alt-pop which has Georgia laying her thoughts bare, and hoping to not only get people thinking about the lack of women behind the scenes in the music industry, but also drawing their attention to some excellent new female talent.
“It’s a privilege to be able to act upon these ideas and do something constructive to encourage change. I don’t really like dwelling on the negative parts too much, I think that’s just my personality, so instead I wanted to celebrate the awesome talented women around me, and inspire other girls or women to see there are loads of possibilities for them in this industry.”