>> Gia Woods is a brave queer artist who uses music to stay true to herself and reflect on the world around her. Check out our interview with her where we talked about coming out through a music video, hobbies, and her recent single "Jump the Fence".
How did you first become introduced to music?
I pretty much got introduced by my sister's electric guitar that she never played. I sorta stole it from her room and taught myself how to play from YouTube videos. Then from there, I joined my elementary school orchestra playing the violin, and then choir from middle school to high school!
You recently released the single “Jump the Fence” (Feb. 1) and the video. What was the inspiration behind the song and the video?
Yes! "Jump The Fence" is basically about drowning out the outside noise. It’s so easy to get distracted from what you really want when everyone has an opinion. So it’s about trusting your own opinion over everyone else’s. The video was all based around a plexiglass box which was a metaphor for seeing something you clearly want but there’s opinions or distractions stopping you from pursuing what you really want.
You have hinted at dropping a new single almost every month, but that you’re not sure if you will do an EP. What is your reasoning for this, and what can we expect over the next year?
I want to keep it open because I don’t know which songs would make it on the album or EP, and it’s hard to start picking them since I’m constantly writing! So for right now, I like focusing on the songs that I’ve always seen as singles and seeing where that’ll lead me!
If you could play or write with anyone living, dead, or fictional, who would it be and why?
Ahh, easy...Madonna would be a dream come true! She’s a legend!
In May you’ll be playing SunFest, which you describe as your first major festival. How does this feel, and who are you most looking forward to seeing?
It’s such a surreal feeling! I’m so beyond excited. I’m playing right before Tears for Fears, which is one of my favorite bands, so I’m definitely seeing them right after haha!
When you’re traveling for shows, what are your must-haves while out on the road?
I haven’t started shows on the road as of yet, but when I do... probably my laptop, headphones, and a bunch of hoodies!
What has been your most memorable performance to date?
When I played LA Pride in 2016! It was my first show ever and it was in front of 3,000 people...it was crazy!
You’ve been described by Billboard as ‘the pop goddess who came out through a music video’. What did it mean for you to release the video for “Only A Girl” and to address your sexuality both personally and publicly?
It was a huge moment for me personally and publicly because I was closeted for so long. And being from an old-fashion, traditional Persian family, you really don’t know what to expect. I used to feel ashamed for what I was feeling- I really thought there was something “wrong” with me. So releasing both the video and song was so huge for my personal growth. I learned so much about myself and finally felt like my true self.
Outside of music, what are some of your other hobbies? Is there anything you like to do to keep the songwriting creativity flowing?
I love hiking and being outdoors! I try and go whenever I have free time!
Do you have any suggestions for who we should be listening to right now?
If you haven’t listened I would check out the James Blake album! <<