band crush: g

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We'll be honest: There's enough pretty electro pop and experimental synth music circulating around the Internet to last us four lifetimes. So it takes a lot for one of these Hype Machine-approved acts to not only catch our attention, but also make us really excited about the future of music. Cue G, the brainchild of producer Jimmy Giannopoulos (LOLAWOLF, Reputante, MOTHXR) and former Company of Thieves singer Genevieve. Recorded last year in Jimmy's Brooklyn apartment, their debut EP (premiering below) is essentially an amalgam of every imaginable production technique and genre: rock, electro-trance, hip-hop, jazz, and pop. According to Jimmy, the project was about rediscovering music in a different way, "using turntables, scratching up tape, noise and melody," said Jimmy. "Really digging into what made me fall for artists like Edan & J Dilla, while having Genevieve splash paint over it." It's the type of vibe-y track that will make you contemplate other-wordly ideas—just don't take it too seriously. 

How did you guys come together?
We bumped into each other in the halls of the Chicago Recording Company when we were kids.  

How would you describe your aesthetic?
Super eclectic and forever changing. 
 
How did your career get started?
Jimmy: Its less of a career and more of an internal itch that constantly needs scratching. That connection started at a young age.  Driving around in the backseat of my dad's car listening to Lionel Richie and Bruce Springsteen on the radio.
Genevieve: I have been singing since I could talk, it's less of a career and more a way of life for me. 
 
Where do you hope to be professionally in 5 years?
Jimmy: Still expressing myself artistically. Translating my thoughts more accurately would be nice.
Genevieve: Strong enough to participate, gentle enough to stay inspired. 
 
What’s your next project?
Jimmy: Finishing a handful of records and screenplays. New Reputante and MOTXHR records, LOLAWOLF mixtape, EP with Lissy Trullie and a bizarre avant garde sampling project that can't really be explained with words.
Genevieve: I'm about to release my first solo EP "Show Your Colors" on March 10th
 
What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
Jimmy: That I learned now to record music myself and no longer have to rely on others to get that fix (studios etc...). Still learning, will always be developing that muscle and experimenting.
Genevieve: That I allow myself to destroy and let go so I can make room to create and embrace something new. 
 
What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
Jimmy: Arthur Russell. 
Genevieve: Chet Baker. 
 
What is your favorite driving music?
Genevieve: Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brian Eno
 
Whose career would you most like to emulate?
Jimmy: I like doing my own thing.  Bob Marley had the right idea with connecting everything but that was a different time and he was a different animal.
Genevieve: We're both Aries, hehe.  We don't emulate. 
 
If you had to live in a past time, what do you think would be the most fun era and why?
Jimmy: A fly on the wall with Tribe in NYC, that early golden age of hip hop trip.
Genevieve: 40's & 50's jazz scene in NYC.  The music! 
 
What activities do most enjoy doing alone?
Jimmy: Thinking.
Genevieve: Playing piano. 
 
How do you wind down before bed?
Jimmy: I don't. 
Genevieve: Me neither!
 
When are you most relaxed?
Jimmy: Not sure, good question.
Genevieve: When the sun shines on my face 
 
What kind of person were you in high school?
Jimmy: Curious. I remember when I first heard Black Sabbath in a forest on my friends walkman sophomore year.  It made me question everything. 
Genevieve: I was a nerd with good grades, a cheerleader who hung out with the athletes, a musician in a ska-punk band and choir, a drama queen in the plays, a DIY kid designing my own clothes and a worker with a part time job.
 
Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
Jimmy: Passion.
Genevieve: Inspired. 
 
Do you have any phobias?
No.
 
What’s a serious side of you that people are unlikely to know about? Either in terms of interests, hobbies, or personality?
Jimmy: Black holes, time travel and alternate/parallel universes.  Fascinating.
Genevieve: Clairvoyance, dreams, other dimensions
 
What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
Jimmy: I wanna make a movie, working on it. 
Genevieve: Riding a motorcycle  
 
How do you hope to grow as a creative group?
Naturally.
 
If there was a phrase that you think best sums up your approach to life what might it be?
Jimmy:  I once overheard a man say "to get something you never had you gotta do something you ain't ever done."  Then he repeated it again, slowly. It sunk it. 
Genevieve: Each breath is a gift!