On the stage of the Black Bear Lodge, triple j unearthed featured artist Gordi played some of her best songs after her return from touring in the US. I was lucky enough to sit down and ask her some questions about the tour, being a small upcoming artist, her stage shows and juggling being a uni student and musician.
So how was touring overseas?
“I’m not a pessimist but I’m definitely a realist and I thought we’d be playing some shit shows, but the whole thing was great, we played in LA for 400 people and there was even people singing along there and you’ll never get over that, it’s mind blowing. It was good exposure, it’s a real progression, word of mouth is the best exposure you can get.”
Your lighting show is phenomenal, the bulbs that dim and relight in time with the music is really cool. A lot of smaller aritsts I see don’t have lighting shows let alone such an impressive one, what inspired it, is there a meaning behind the bulbs?
“I’d be lying if I said there was symbolism behind it, I should make up something for my next interview! But I think the main thing was just wanting to step it up a notch it makes all the difference for the audience. Visual stuff is just important as hearing the sound.”
You had a minor hiccup in the show earlier tonight when you forgot the lyrics when you were covering one of Courtney Barnetts singles, what was going through you head?
“I’ve always had the fear I would forget the lyrics, as I was coming up to the verse I was sort of thinking, I can’t remember the next line but I just thought it would come to me, then I realised it wasn’t coming and I was just looking around thinking shit.”
How did you start with it all, when was the first time you were like, 'okay yep, I want to do this music thing for real'?
“ Yeah, well, I recorded some songs but the reason my EP took so long to come out is the most basic reason ever – I’m a uni student, I had no money to record all the songs at once. From there I hired a radio plugger and they give triple j a list of songs they’re plugging, which is what my label does now and every week on a Tuesday the triple J heads meet and they run through the songs and decide what they’re going to put on full rotation, what they’re going to put on spot rotation.”
So you’re a university student aswell as being your musical self, what inspired you to combine the two?
“Music and medicine are really different, but I like both of them, I’ve always loved music and I really like medicine, working with people so I was just like, lets just keep doing both.”
Most people struggle just being a Med student or just trying to break into the music industry, what’s it like doing both?
“At the moment I’m on a placement for my degree, so I take Wednesday as a music day and I get on a plane, fly to where I need to be playing that night then on Thursday I fly back into Sydney and drive to my placement which is around 3 hours out of Sydney. At the moment it’s mayhem.”
So if you’re musical diet includes Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Daughter and Maggie Rogers you should Gordi to your plate. You can keep your eye out for the 22 year old indie folk singer as she puts out more shows and more music on her website at gordisounds.tumblr.com