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Nelson's 2011 Smokefreerockquest winners The Peasants are on a high this month after the release of their first single and video.
The track Letting Go, available digitally on Amplifier, iTunes and digital retailers, will be part of the Garin College band's forthcoming album and was recorded at Auckland's prestigious York Street studios.
The Peasants have spent the summer playing gigs around the region and will be performing this Friday at Sundial Square Summer Sounds in Richmond and at Purple Cake Day's MAD Show at The Theatre Royal on March 13.
This week the band's lead singer Georgia Nott, 17, took time out to talk to the Leader.
What's it like getting your first single out there?
Its really quite surreal, actually. The whole process of recording at York Street was amazing, a bit scary to begin with but the people we worked with were great. Shooting the music video was so much fun too. We know the director quite well so it was really relaxed.
Letting Go is about a girl watching her best friend struggle to break free from a constricting relationship. Can you tell us a bit about it?
I wrote Letting Go for my friend who was going through a really tough break up. It was really hard on her and her family. It was my way of letting her know that everything would be okay.
What can you tell us about the video?
The video was shot at Rabbit Island. The whole thing was really new and fun, and the team that came down from Auckland was so nice and easy to work with. The director Mikee Carpinter has become a friend of the band so I felt really comfortable and he was really encouraging.
How old were you when you realised you could really sing?
I don't remember a time when I wasn't singing. My parents used to sing at the odd wedding when I was a baby but had to stop taking me along because I would sing, or rather wail, along really loudly to all the songs. I guess I found out that I wanted to be a singer when I sang in front of my family at my granddad's 70th birthday. They were all really impressed so it was quite a good boost for my confidence.
Who do you think is the most amazing singer in music today?
I'm a huge fan of Florence Welch and Kimbra but I recently discovered this artist called Lissie. She has a unique and powerful voice. I also love Sia who is an Australian artist with a really soulful voice.
What's the most classic thing that's ever happened to you on stage?
I don't really have any stories about on-stage "classic" moments but I did rip my dress 20 minutes before a New Year gig. I thought it was hilarious. Luckily my aunty ingeniously got some tape and safety pins from the St John Ambulance people there or I probably would have just had to go on stage with a huge hole in the armpit of my dress.
One of the things that strikes people when they see The Peasants perform is that you all appear to be pretty mature for your age. Where does that come from?I think our music has matured a lot over the last year. If you sing about something meaningful, your performance automatically becomes more mature. The fact that we've had this awesome step closer to success has also given us a lot of determination to knuckle down and make something of ourselves despite our age.
Rock music has always had a rebellious side to it. What, if anything, do you rebel against?
I'm not really rebellious at all. The naughtiest thing I've probably ever done is when I melted the teacher's ruler with a Bunsen burner in year 10.
What sort of music was playing in your house when you were little?
A lot of Cat Stevens, Abba, Neil Diamond and the Eagles. Also the Corrs. My siblings and I loved the Corrs. We loved the idea of having a family band. My brother Caleb and I like to river dance to their music. He even entered the school talent quest when he was five, river dancing to one of their instrumental pieces.
If your life had a theme tune right now, what would it be?
I actually always imagine my life with a theme song running behind it. It's always changing, depending on what is going on in my life at the time. Right now it would have to be Unwritten by Natasha Beddingfield, the Pantene theme song.
What's one thing not a lot of people know about you?
I have a huge fear of bugs crawling into my ears and eating my brain. I know that's really dumb but I can get pretty worked up about it.
- To check out the video for Letting Go visit thepeasantsmusic.com