“All the things occurred so fast,” G Flip says. “I truly had an entire month of panic assaults whereas on tour. I simply absolutely uncared for remembering to eat and drink. Then I wasn’t sleeping. I used to be extraordinarily unhealthy and confused. It felt just like the Hulk punching me within the chest.”
The singer, who’s 25, lives in Melbourne, and was born Georgia Flipo, sounds at peace and appears self-confident as she remembers one of many worst instances in her life. She’s obtained on a ball cap and Quick Instances at Ridgemont Excessive checkered deck sneakers, and he or she’s leaning again in a chair in her publicist’s midtown Manhattan workplace. As she tells the story of how her pop-music profession exploded, she speaks in lengthy, unbroken, nearly cheery bursts that appear at odds along with her story — as a result of she made it by the opposite finish.
Final 12 months, she put out her debut album, About Us, a confessional diary of her breakup with the love of her life, whom she has since reconnected with. However for the entire album’s aching acrimony, she by no means will get misplaced in it: Her melodies are catchy, her music makes you wish to dance, and all of it has a vibe that stays with you. She sings about partying too arduous and entering into hassle (“Drink Too A lot”), persevering when she’s feeling down (“I Am Not Afraid”), and pining for her lover (her breakout single, “About You”). It made it as much as Quantity Six on the Australian chart, however G Flip’s rise occurred quite a bit sooner.
Three years in the past, she was an out-of-work drummer who had performed in each type of band conceivable — pop-punk, prog-rock, different, one thing she calls “a pop woman band” — however she was nonetheless build up the nerve to step into the highlight herself. At her mom’s insistence, she’d gotten a level in drum efficiency as a fallback (“I used to be like, ‘I don’t want a backup, Mum,’ no approach!” she dramatically remembers right this moment) and at that time, she was falling again on it, educating drums. In personal, although, she was additionally studying guitar, piano, and the way to use recording software program, as she discovered the way to flip the melodies operating by her head into songs. She gave herself two months to go loopy — her “Drink Too A lot” interval — after which she obtained right down to enterprise as a solo artist. “I’m so properly behaved now,” she says. “I was a celebration animal again within the day, however now I’m far more wholesome, consuming and consuming quite a bit — consuming water.”
As she labored on her songs and fine-tuned her stay set, she went full MacGyver and made herself a bass drum that lit up. She additionally studied her favourite artists, like Haim, and obtained an uncomfortably up-close take a look at how they dealt with a stage. “They got here to Australia, and I wished to be in entrance, so I stood in entrance of the stage the entire day,” she remembers. “I pissed my pants twice.”
A part of her Haim fandom, although, comes from her love of producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who has labored with Haim, Madonna, Adele, and now G Flip herself. It seems, after listening to “About Us,” he was a fan of hers, too. “G Flip is an outstanding musician,” Rechtshaid tells Rolling Stone. “She’s a powerful songwriter and has a really genuine voice, and he or she is a badass producer.”
In March of final 12 months, G Flip obtained onstage for the primary time by herself at South by Southwest. Three weeks earlier, she’d launched “About Us” as a single — Rechtshaid describes the track as “fairly magical” — and constructed sufficient buzz that her 4 units turned a few of the fest’s most talked-about performances. Though she’d prepped for the efficiency a number of instances along with her bandmate, Toothpick, she ended up doing the entire set with out be capable to hear herself — “Thank God we rehearsed it,” she says — and it was a hit.
It was on from there, as she sped up her work on the About Us album, teaming with producers and songwriters in Australia and the U.S. Shortly after her South by Southwest gigs, she flew to Los Angeles to work with Scott Hoffman, the multi-instrumentalist often known as Babydaddy within the Scissor Sisters, and so they perfected a catchy, mid-tempo track known as “2 Million.” It was an eye-opening expertise for G Flip.
“I used to be like, ‘Holy shit, I’m writing a track with somebody from the Scissor Sisters, that is so cool,’” she says. “I used to be pondering how loopy it’s that my life is increasing so shortly. Three weeks in the past I used to be in my room taking part in these songs to the partitions. And now I used to be at South By taking part in my first present ever in entrance of heaps of individuals. Then I met Scott and I used to be telling him this, and he began taking part in an F to a C, after which I began going [drumming and snapping]. He simply grabbed a mic and obtained my foot and me clicking, after which we opened up the display screen door and let the birds chirp and looped that. I reckon in an hour or two, the entire thing was accomplished.”
“She’s assured however gracious,” Hoffman tells Rolling Stone. “It have to be an Aussie factor. … I do not forget that she saved speaking in regards to the video for the track, the video that was showing in her head as we wrote. That’s fairly inspiring. I believe she actually desires to make timeless music. I dig that, and I’m excited to see what’s subsequent.”
G Flip discovered some consolation in writing and recording “2 Million.” “Each lyric it’s simply increasing and increasing till all that’s left on the planet is simply my lyrics that I’ve left behind as soon as I die,” she says. “It’s a bit morbid, however it’s intertwined with a love story. The second verse is sort of like marriage ceremony vows.”
When she first began getting nervousness assaults in September 2018, she didn’t know the way to take care of, as a result of, in her phrases, “I was so ignorant to different folks, like, ‘Why are you so confused?’” However she turned to that track and located it soothing. “Lots of the airplane rides I had round that point by no means had Wi-Fi, so I solely had the music that was on my cellphone,” she says. “And ’trigger the entire aesthetic of that track is so breezy and calming, that was one of many solely songs I may hearken to and it will stop me from having panic assaults.”
She has since gotten remedy and discovered the way to, she says, “hold your mind wholesome.” Her girlfriend, the one she wrote many of the songs on About Us about, additionally suffers panic assaults, and after they reconnected — which occurred when the girlfriend confirmed up out of nowhere, requested what G Flip had been as much as, and proceeded to listen to all of G Flip’s innermost ideas in her songs — they’ve discovered to help one another.
Now that her life is as secure as it may be for an in-demand musician, G Flip has began waiting for what’s subsequent. “I’m getting bizarre and experimental in the intervening time,” she says. “I simply wish to actually get a bagpipe participant and pattern it, put it by a crusher and, like, destroy it and see what sort of bizarre sound I can provide you with. My music after this album is a little bit bit extra experimental with fashion and style, simply mixing issues up a little bit bit extra.”
However till she’s able to launch these songs, she’s nonetheless deep on the planet of About Us. She lately launched a brand new video or the album’s “Silly,” and the Australian equal of the Recording Academy nominated her and her music for 3 ARIAs, together with Finest Breakthrough Artist and Finest Unbiased Launch. Plus, she’ll be again touring in North America in 2020.
Lately, she’s proud of the tempo of her profession. By her estimation, it’s what she’s been working towards her complete life. “All the things I’ve accomplished has led me to this,” she says. “Whereas I used to be sitting again on drums for years, I used to be watching how the lead singer interacts with the group, how the bass guitarist strikes, and I used to be piecing collectively what my present can be like in my head. I’ve tried to make myself ready for this upward trajectory. It looks like I educated the entire time, so when it arrived, I used to be able to go.”