"The reason why I went for a more broad name like The Venus Project
is because even though all these songs are really personal and close to my heart, I wanted to hone in on the fact that this is a very collaborative album. A lot of different creative people - creative women - have been involved and I wanted it to be this thing that was more than just me writing songs," Georgia Nott told us when she stopped by the Baeble Studio to play a few songs off of her new record The Venus Project: Vol. 1.
If you're familiar with Nott's work, then you know that seeing her performing this way - solo with nothing but an electric guitar - is rare. She can usually be seen with her brother Caleb Nott, who, combined with Georgia makes up the New Zealand/LA-based duo BROODS
. Together, the two make rambunctious electro-pop music fit for an epic scene in an action movie, which I can confirm is even more intense live after catching their set last summer at The Meadows Festival in NYC.
However, now, Georgia is on to something a bit more softer. Vol. 1 strips things back and sees her as not only a solo artist who's capable of writing good songs, but a curator who likes to collaborate with like-minded artists. Nott shared, "whenever I found somebody that I clicked with, that was such a victory for me." The album, which consists of female artists and femme anthems, was even released earlier this month on International Women's Day. "I want women to see themselves as geniuses because we have so much to offer."
During our session, Nott played two songs off of the album, its lead single "Won't Hurt" and the painstaking "Numb." Although it was just last year that I watched her run back and forth on a stage, backed by drum machines and synths, her unplugged set came across as so natural and effortless. "Then I must be the only thing holding me back, bringing myself down," she sings on "Numb" over a bed of dreamy, intimate guitar. Afterwards in the interview she said, "this whole project is just to be honest about my weaknesses and owning them." When the songs are beautiful, the rest comes easily - especially when Nott is singing about something so unshackling - something so necessary. You'll want to watch this special session, live right here now.