#Inspired #0042 - G Flip
Melbourne based multi-talented performer G Flip has just announced her debut album ‘About Us’, which is set for release the 30th August. To celebrate it’s release she has released new single ‘Stupid’. She took a moment to talk to us about all the things that inspire her.
Who are your top three musical inspirations?
Gavin Cassidy (Mr Cassidy) - my High School music teacher and the most positive reinforcement that I was pretty good at music. He was enthusiastic about me getting into music and really encouraged me and believed that I could do this as a profession.
Marc Flipo - My Dad. I owe Dad a lot because from a baby he was always playing music wherever we were, in the house, in the car, in the garden, he had music on constantly. He was always in bands with his mates, so from a young age I would look up to him playing guitar on stage and I thought it was so cool that my dad was a rockstar (even though he was only playing to about 40 mates) in my eyes as a child, I thought he was famous. Dad and I jammed together in the garage from a young age, me on drums, him on guitar.
Gwen Stefani - when I saw the film clip for Hollaback Girl of Gwen wearing a singlet top, beanie, baggy pants and not dressed overly sexualised it was the first time I had seen a tomboy popstar on the TV and the first time I identified with any popstar. My Dad was also a big No Doubt fan.
Is there a certain film that inspires you?
Josie and the Pussycats - I actually haven't watched this film in such a long time and this reminds me that I need to go back and watch it! As a kid, I thought it was the coolest thing to see females in a band playing instruments and it inspired me to want to pick up multiple instruments and not just play drums. The film also inspired me to want to play in a band.
What city do you find the most inspiring?
There's no particular city I find the most inspiring, just anywhere sunny. When it's sunny I am so much more happier. I wake up and I'm already smiling and stoked and in a good frame of mind,
Who is the most inspiring person to you?
Jenny Rose Morrish - was my drum teacher all throughout my teens and taught me everything I know about drums. As a teenager you're heavily influenced by the people you look up to and as a young teen I idolised her. She was the first strong queer female presence in my life. I was such a tomboy and having her as my drum teacher, this wicked cool tomboy drumming chick, was the sickest thing ever. I wanted to be just like her and do everything she had ever done. I have followed much of my life in her footsteps.
How would you like to inspire people?
I want to inspire others to believe that you don't need to rely on anyone else or wait for others to make your dreams come true. If you spend the time and effort and believe in yourself, you can make anything happen. I sent my rough demos to producers to try get someone to produce my songs. No one got back to me, I could of given up then. Instead I decided I'll learn how to produce myself and I did. My breakout single 'About You' was written entirely in my bedroom, I didn't have any production training, I learned what I could off YouTube and just dedicated so much time to it. My music career started from there.