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Underneath the Written Letter -
A Chat with Quiet Blue
Words by Josh Hicks
Wednesday 24th June, 2020
With the release of his new single ‘Lost It All’, Quiet Blue is carving out a place for himself in the Australian music scene, with his fusion of pop, folk and electronica, grounded in misty-eyed storytelling.
Quiet Blue is a receptacle filled with a lifetime of love and experiences of singer/songwriter Nic Georgiou, bringing together a concoction of styles from raw acoustic sonnets to electro-pop belters. The unabashed fluidity of Quiet Blue’s sound has afforded him a level of intrigue most artists spend their careers cultivating.

His musical metamorphosis ability comes from a near insatiable drive to create and develop as an artist. Boasting an eclectic yet complementary catalogue of singles, we’re left wondering when we can expect a record, and in what form it will take. Quiet Blue’s latest single ‘Lost It All’ is another notch on the young artist’s belt - the dark and stormy track featuring rich layered vocals drenched in reverb, alongside eerie harmonies, fuzzy synths and cutting beats. Forged from introspective examination of the human condition, ‘Lost It All’ touches on the solitude of social disconnect.

We were fortunate to have a talk with Nic about some of the ups and downs of his journey.
TJ: Hey Nic, for those readers hearing about you for the first time, can you give your best "me in a minute" pitch of who you are and what you do?

QB: I think the core of Quiet Blue is a sort of solemn feeling you get when deep in thought. I like to try and recreate what it feels like in those quiet but profound moments. As you can probably tell though, my actual music taste is very eclectic which has meant my sound keeps changing and evolving. This has been one of the more exciting aspects of this project, blending music styles and learning how to etch out my own sound.

Your brand new single ‘Lost It All’ is a such a stellar track. Can you tell us a little about what inspired it?

‘Lost it All’ was inspired by a number of things actually. I’ve always believed that even the most introverted people in the world need to learn about human emotions and feelings through effective communication with others. This became even more clear to me through the recent self-isolation period that we have just been through. 'Lost It All' follows the consequences of not being able to open up to others to let them teach you things about yourself and help you in your times of need

You’ve got a handful of tracks release now under you belt, from the ethereal ‘Likeness of You’ to the bouncy electronic track ‘Thinking It Over’. Which track was the most satisfying for you in its creation process?

I think out of all of the songs I’ve released, ‘For a While’ was probably the most rewarding. This song marks the start of the journey I’ve been on for the past year and was really the first full song I had ever recorded and produced on my own. The process of learning how to make sounds that and create a sonic world that I had imagined was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had to do with music.

Has having had more time at home helped you be more productive with your music or has it halted things for you?

Funnily enough I was absolutely cherishing the extra time at the start of iso to work on music but as time has gone on I’ve found that the monotony of life at the moment has caused a bit of a creative struggle as far as especially lyrics go. I was writing so much to begin with though and did the bulk of the production of 'Lost It All' in the first month of being at home, but lately I’ve been focussing on learning more about the piano to sort of busy myself while the creative juices haven’t been flowing.

Now as a relatively new artist, having really only started releasing music in 2019, what’s been the highlight of the past year?

This is a tough one!! There have been so many highs! I think there is nothing really like the feeling of performing live for a group of people who are present and interested in what you’re doing. The feeling of the room at my last gig at the Grace Darling was really lovely. Playing alongside some wild talent like Ijale and Elaura was really a pleasure and it made me fall in love with playing live music all over again, seeing as the last time I had played was almost five months before.

You seem to have a predominantly solo approach to songwriting and production. Has this presented any challenges?

I actually like collaborating on songs more so than not! I’ve found that I tend towards writing songs that have the same flow which gets a bit annoying. Involving others in the process means that you can blend your influences and styles and make something that you could never have made on your own.

What has been the biggest difficulty you’ve faced as an emerging musician?

My biggest difficulty would have to be the arduous and often daunting task of producing my own music. The more I listen to some of my favourite acts like James Blake or RY X, the more I realise that my writing capabilities are severely limited by my production capabilities. This is really the most annoying feeling as you start trying to learn more but the more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know. It’s difficult but also ends up being amazingly rewarding when I do figure something out.

What has been the worst advice anyone’s ever given you about music or the music industry?

I was deep in convo with a friend in the smoko at Stay Gold in Brunswick when he gave me some advice that was actually amazing. I was rambling on about how annoying it is not being able to write songs like the savants that I grew up listening to: people like Sufjan Stevens or Elliot Smith. This was something that has always sort of plagued me, the thought of "oh what the point? I will never be as good as so and so". But he gave me the advice that even though I might not be one of these savants, I can still etch out a career in the industry through hard work and perseverance by really honing in on my craft and mastering it. This advice really made me forget about those niggling thoughts us artists always get of “what if I’m just not meant to do this” and freed me up to metaphorically roll up my sleeves and get to work.

You sure can spin a question with the best of them. Any goals you’ve set for yourself, whether short term or long?

I try not to set myself too many goals because I don’t like to put too much pressure on my music. I do have one short term goal though: I want to get my debut EP out within the next few months, the music on the EP is a culmination of all the things I’ve learnt through Quiet Blue and it would be a big milestone to get it out there. I also want to start working with more musicians around Melbourne to start gaining valuable connections that will help me take my music to the next level.

You can check out 'Lost It All' above and follow Quiet Blue for more to come.