Breaking through the G Flip way
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Breaking through the G Flip way

Breakthrough stories rarely come better than Melbourne-based electronic musician Georgia Flipo’s.

On the morning of Tuesday, February 13, this year - after 12 months in her bedroom mastering her craft as a songwriter and producer-  she uploaded her first song as G Flip to triple J’s Unearthed portal. The track, About You, is almost instantly acclaimed, spreading rapidly online and being broadcast nationally on triple J. By 9pm friends were bringing champagne to Flipo’s bedroom while she cried "happy tears".

'I think my genre is in the pop world because I love catchy melodies, but it’s a rough kind of pop': G Flip.

'I think my genre is in the pop world because I love catchy melodies, but it’s a rough kind of pop': G Flip.

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A little over six months later, with the moody, bittersweet About You followed by the equally popular tropical-tinged pop of Killing Time, the 23-year-old Flipo is in Los Angeles, bedding down at a friend’s house while alternating between laptop songwriting sessions, eight-hour studio stints, and email-answering binges. She has a manager, a British record deal with major label Polydor, and no shortage of ideas she wants to nail down.

"Because I play so many instruments I approach each song differently," Flipo says. "One might be from a drum perspective, one from a producing perspective, then one from a piano perspective. A lot of producers make a folder of their favourite sounds that they reuse, but I’m continually finding a new one I like, same with synths and guitar pedals."

Flipo grew up in the Melbourne beachside suburb of Beaumaris, with her initial soundtrack her father’s Clash and Rancid albums; G Flip is her childhood nickname. She got her first drum kit at age nine, played relentlessly, and eventually toured Australia and overseas with the now defunct indie-rock band Empra. At that point it wasn’t apparent that Flipo was a pop music savant, but once she set her mind to becoming a self-contained solo artist it was just a matter of hard work.

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"In life some people say they can’t do something and they’ll need help, but when I didn’t have a producer I just learnt how to be a producer and did it for myself. Same with learning the piano and learning the guitar," Flipo says. "My mentality is that I can do everything myself, plus I believe anything is possible. If I have an idea in my head I will not stop until it works out. I’m an all the eggs in one basket person."

After drawing 4000 people to a morning set at the Splendour in the Grass music festival, Flipo’s upcoming shows mark her first national headlining tour. She’ll share the stage with two friends, who like are her multi-instrumentalists. There are now nine songs in the G Flip set, and Flipo will alternate between drums, guitar and keyboards, plus vocals, for each. She has the same eclectic attitude to genre.

"I never start a song thinking that it will be a pop song or super-edgy," Flipo says. "I just do what my ears like, and when I say yes to something I roll with it. I think my genre is in the pop world because I love catchy melodies, but it’s a rough kind of pop."

The only thing she’s short of is time. "I message my manager saying, ‘Do not give me one day off. Not one’," Flipo says. "I’ve made it this far, I’ve just got to push on."

G Flip plays the Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale, on September 12, 13, and 14;  and the Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, on September 19, 20, 21 and 22.