Some acts we follow and catch them live cos they write cool tunes, makes us laugh and we love hearing their awesome songs in the flesh. Then there are acts of another order that literally nourish your soul with full force. The whole experience is almost equivalent to going to church, except for the half drunk beer in your hand. You step into that space, eagerly waiting to feel spiritually full once more, but it’s not you giving the confessional. It is the artist that shares intimate stories and through this rockin’ deliverance the punters feel alive again and safe in the knowledge that everything is going to be just fine. It’s a very deep experience and I know there are many, MANY, who feel like Genevieve Chadwick will always give their soul cup “a top up”.
It is release time and blues/roots/folk/dash of rock artist, Genevieve, is super excited to be releasing (and sharing) the long awaited follow up to her debut album “Riding the Wind Forgetting Time”. This girl has her very own path and just keeps meeting the people others dream of working with. Gen has been picked up by the very awesome Playing For Change (PFC) crew, and if you don’t know them then allow me a brief intro. In short, PFC is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The crew believe that “music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people”. You only need to watch the Maroon Five song, which features Genevieve and many other notable musicians from all around the world to get the picture. Basically they’re a NFP org and they put their profits back into building music schools across the globe.
Anyway, back to the music, or to Gen! Here’s a little interview I squeezed in with her during her hectic Bluesfest season of shows:
YM: If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?
I would probably go back a couple of years to The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival where I got to play on stage with an idol of mine, Suzi De Marchi and The Baby Animals. She handed me her guitar and I got to play and sing “Rush You” with her and the band on stage. It was a crazy amazing moment, I would love to do that again.
YM: What three things do you believe in your heart of hearts to be true about creativity?
To be brave
To be strong
To be free
YM: Tell us about a situation where you’d hoped against all hope, where the odds were completely stacked against you, but you succeeded.
Well, just recently I played support for Allen Stone and Beth Hart, on the same night. I only just made it to each show with minutes to spare. It was an epic adventure!
YM: If you’re feeling pretty average, what is the one thing you do that always puts a smile on your face?
I play my guitar and sing it all out. The best therapy ever!
YM: You have had a very interesting career path in music. Has this path been ideal for you, or do you wish that it was different? If so, how?
I absolutely love my life and my career is my life. I have hopes, dreams and ambitions and enjoy every step of my journey, I don’t think I’d change a thing.
It’s incredibly exciting, long overdue but also perfectly timed. I can’t wait to tour it and get it in the hands of all my fans and then get back in the studio and record the next one.
YM: How did you find the creative process recording this album? There is an apparent development in the arrangement of some songs, was this easy to go with the changes or did you have to adjust?
I recorded this album with the guys from “Playing For Change” who were just so easy to work with. We jumped in the studio, hit record and started playing.
Our intension was to capture a moment and just feel the music, we rearranged some of the songs but it was all pretty organic and it just flowed. I’m really happy with the result and if anything I have grown as an artist due to working with all the people involved in this album.
YM: The new album has a slight overlay of country stylings… is this a deliberate new direction? And did you play all the guitar tracks recorded for each song?
Roberto Luti from Italy played a lot of the lead guitar and he added what he felt at the time. There wasn’t really any intension of getting “country stylings” it just came out that way.
YM: What’s coming up next in the exciting musical life of Genevieve Chadwick?
I’m about to embark on a world tour, I was originally only heading to Canada but then some more opportunities presented so now I’m heading to the States, Canada and Europe to play a bunch of shows and a handful of festivals. Then, I would like to return and record another album and do it all over again.
Catch Genevieve’s CD launch Wed 23rd April but book your free ticket using this link ASAP!