Heart­break and re­u­nion

Ris­ing star G Flip’s first al­bum had an un­ex­pect­edly happy out­come, writes Kathy McCabe

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

The last thing G Flip ex­pected when she poured her heart­break into songs was a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the part­ner who had in­spired them. For a year Ge­or­gia Flipo wrote, recorded and pro­duced the songs for her de­but al­bum About Us in her bed­room in Mel­bourne.

And then, 18 months af­ter they had split, her now-again girl­friend Jemma Wil­liams, who lived over­seas, turned up on her doorstep.

When the pair called time out on their re­la­tion­ship, they agreed to a clean break so Wil­liams wasn’t aware Flipo had de­cided to quit play­ing in bands and forge ahead as a solo artist.

“I showed her a song … I didn’t want to show her the songs be­cause they are all about us. I thought it was awk­ward, me con­fess­ing my love for her still and all that shit,” she says.

“I ended up play­ing her the tracks and we kinda sat there, and then got closer to each other … and closer to each other, had a bit of a cry and a hug and then a lit­tle kiss.

“These songs brought us back to­gether and we have stuck to­gether ever since that day.”

Like all pop break­throughs — that aren’t or­ches­trated by a tele­vi­sion show — Flipo’s ar­rival as an indie artist who now sells out na­tional tours and is a must­see on festival stages has been a long time com­ing.

The ob­ses­sive drum­mer, who can pretty much play any­thing else she puts her hands to, fell in love with mu­sic from a young age.

“My older cousin would some­times put on per­for­mances on his drum kit at fam­ily

Sun­day lunch,” she re­calls.

“So my un­cle bought me a drum kit for my ninth birth­day and I be­came ob­sessed.”

The 25-year-old mu­si­cian played in bands, took DJ gigs and gave drum lessons to kids to fi­nance her mu­si­cal as­pi­ra­tions, be­fore hol­ing up in her bed­room through 2017 with her drum kit, gui­tar, key­board and lap­top to write her songs.

She up­loaded the first track About You in early 2018 to Triple J’s Un­earthed por­tal — not long af­ter rec­on­cil­ing with Wil­liams — and it blew up.

The same day the song was mi­grated to Triple J’s na­tional net­work playlist pro­vok­ing in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est and Flipo was booked to show­case her skills at the an­nual buzz-stir­ring festival South By South­west in Texas.

The next sin­gle Killing My Time kept the mo­men­tum rolling and she fin­ished the year with a scene-steal­ing per­for­mance of Proud Mary for the ABC New Year’s Eve con­cert.

She be­came one of those artists who in­spire spon­ta­neous crowd karaoke at fes­ti­vals, draw­ing big crowds for her sets at Laneway, then Groovin The Moo and Splendour In The Grass this year in the lead-up to the re­lease of About Us in Au­gust.

It landed at No.6 on the al­bum charts in Aus­tralia and scored rave re­views from around the world, with songs in­clud­ing Drink Too Much, Stupid and Lover tick­ing over more than 50 mil­lion streams. At one stage, the al­bum which was re­leased on Au­gust 30, was ti­tled Lover. Had Flipo kept that ti­tle, she would have been re­leas­ing a record called Lover the week af­ter Tay­lor Swift dropped her al­bum with the same name.

“At one stage Lover was in the mix as an al­bum ti­tle be­cause it is very much a love al­bum,” she says. “I am very, very thank­ful I de­cided to call it About Us.”

As she heads out on her al­bum tour, Flipo also finds her­self in­ducted into the ARIA awards class of 2019, scor­ing three nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing Break­through Artist of the Year.

But there’s one thing she misses as she per­forms her songs in Aus­tralia, the US and Europe and that is her drum stu­dents.

“I am so sad I had to drop teach­ing but I feel like I will go back to drum teach­ing when I am old and grey,” she says.


Singer G Flip (left) and (above) with girl­friend Jemma Wil­liams.

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