Moreton's Georgia TALKS THE CAROL LLOYD AWARD AND NEW MUSIC
Olivia Gliku | On 24, Nov 2017
Queensland trio, Moreton, have enjoyed an extremely successful year. From touring with huge industry names, to receiving funding from the Carol Lloyd Award, Moreton are on the rise. Front woman, Georgia Potter, joined us to discuss how the award has impacted the band’s career.
Georgia says that the band’s name was inspired by Moreton Bay locations, like Bribie Island. Much like their music, those environments deal with the beautiful, as well as the dark.
“I guess it’s beautiful and melancholy at the same time. I think it tries to traverse that space between being really dark, but also embracing the beauty of those harder feelings.”
Georgia let us in on where Moreton’s music has taken them over the course of the last year.
“I’ve been doing a lot of writing this year… We went on tour at the beginning of the year with James Vincent McMorrow. We played some really beautiful venues including Sydney Opera House on my birthday week, which was the best week of my life. Playing the opera house on your birthday, it was pretty amazing. So that was really great to be on tour with James. He’s an incredible artist. Since then, and since receiving the Carol Lloyd Award, we’ve been very down, pretty privately, working on material, and writing a whole bunch of stuff. Now, we’re going into the studio to make the record that we submitted to make for the Carol Lloyd Award…”
Each year, the Carol Lloyd Award recognises outstanding female musicians in Queensland each year. As the recipient of the 2017 award, Georgia says that the award’s funding has provided financial relief for the band.
“I guess it’s just taken the pressure off having to find a way to finance the record, which has been a huge relief. It’s meant that I’m able to make this record now, as opposed of having to commit to a summer of working part time somewhere to try and save enough to make it. That’s been really empowering, to be able to focus on the creative work itself. It also means that we’re going to be recording in a really beautiful studio, and we’re going to be taking some leaps creatively with the arrangements, with having some horn sections, and a few other more ambition things that I wouldn’t have otherwise had the budget to do so, and also have the time to bring those ideas to fruition.”
Like any musician, Georgia has experienced the challenges of a creative lifestyle. Georgia says that her work as a florist opens her to customer’s personal stories that often inspire her creative projects. Despite the struggles, she says that committing to the lifestyle is key to coping with the stress it may cause.
“I think you kind of just have to learn what your anchor points are with the reasons why you’re doing music, and stay really grounded to that, because it is a real slog. I have been living off such a small amount of money for so much of my life. You just kind of need to get on board with it, get used to it, see the positive side of the fact that you can exist off not a lot of money, and that you use the money that you do manage to save for your creative expression. Just seeing that as a really great way to live a life.”
Moreton will be wrapping up the year with some live performances in Brisbane. You can catch them supporting Didirri at Black Bear Lodge on December 2nd . They’ll also be performing at The Gin Club’s Xmas 2017, on December 23rd at the Triffid. You can keep up to date with all the latest Moreton news here.