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Gia’s new video is not your average ‘girl on girl’ affair.

 

18 year old Gia is not afraid to speak up, playfully challenging any negative perception of homosexual relationships between young females with her delightful, quasi-provocative new video, ‘Only A Girl’. Yes, there’s a bit of steamy kissing in a sauna, the occasional lick of ice cream, and quite a few shots of great bums, but when we read Gia’s mission statement – “[the song] represents girls all around the world who have experienced a relationship with another girl. It is who I am and what I like. I feel many girls will relate to it.” – we knew that we had to ask her about it; there’s more going on here. It’s a bold and loaded assertion, but we can empathise with the sentiment that justification is still required.

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If the video remained as it was, but Gia was replaced by a male, nobody – with a grasp of the amount of sexual discrimination and vulgarity floating about in heterosexual-orientated music videos today – would bat an eyelid. Similarly, if Gia was a female pop artist writing about heterosexual sex, she would be considered very ‘tame’ compared to countless artists to have mainstream, sex-related hits over the past few years. Far more troubling imagery appears all over the radio in tracks written with a heterosexual focus, and no one really does anything about it: ten year olds everywhere sang the lyrics to ‘Timber’ on the way to school in 2013, lest we forget that he prefers his women ‘face down, booty up’ like ‘Miley Cyrus’ (sic), and we really hope they don’t suss out ‘Anaconda’ for a few more years…

Homosexuality has been the ‘taboo’ (and incidental marketing catalyst) at the heart of other LGBQ tracks in the past, but it’s far more interesting to see somebody so young with the guts to casually address the idea that it’s absolutely fine to be young, female, into girls, and – what do you know – into sex, as an initial move, in a mainstream pop context (albeit,  laced with a little dissonance, and a cool injection of R&B and trap).

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Gia is the youngest artist in recent history to put homosexuality amongst young women in it’s contemporary context effectively; she vogues through the video, singing about the type of person who does it for her, surrounded by the imagery she likes, and all is as it should be. See for yourselves:

Here’s what happened what Notion caught up with the emerging starlet to get to know the girl behind the music:

Notion:

Hey Gia. How are you?

Gia:

Great! So excited to talk to you.

Notion:  Tell us a little about yourself; if you could describe your personality with one sentence, what would that be?

Gia:

I’m a headstrong but really sweet and positive young girl, I have a voice and I’m happy to use it!

Notion:

We’re intrigued by the following statement you made about ‘Only A Girl’: “I feel many girls will relate to it.”

Can you expand on that a little more? What message do you hope the girls in question will take away from the video?

Gia:

I think every girl relates to the message of seeking solace and making strong bonds with their girlfriends, but you’d be surprised how many girls have told me that they relate to the song sexually *winks*

Notion:

Of course. Would you say that the generation you belong to is more accepting?

Gia:

Absolutely! I am lucky that I don’t really remember a time when kids my age weren’t accepting of LGBQ lifestyle

Notion:

How did you work with creative director, Jesse Saint John, and director, Mathew Bowman, to communicate your vision, and what inspired you, visually?

Gia:

I work with Jesse extremely closely on all the creative aspects – from the imaging to the music – so it was important to Jesse and I that the visual for the song contained memorable aspects and stand-out moments throughout.

Jesse reached out to Matthew with the vision for the video because they had worked together on a few previous projects, so the whole video came about really organically. Sophia Copolla’s Virgin Suicides was a big inspirational reference for the video.

Notion:

To what extent is the aesthetic of ‘Only A Girl’ self referential? Is music and image a form of personal expression for you, or is it the culmination of your interests and influences? Is it a little bit of both?

Gia:

It’s absolutely a mix of both for me. It’s important that personal aspects of my life are presented in my work, but it should be presented artfully and have the fantasy element that makes people want to watch over and over.

Notion:

Who are your heroes, musically and visually?

Gia:

Fiona Apple was a major inspiration for me, visually, sonically. I was always impressed with how authentic she seemed and how she was able to become a major popstar by (seemingly) being herself. Aaliyah is a major influence as well. So cool and sexy aloof.

Notion:

What can we expect from your forthcoming debut EP?

Gia:

I’m so excited about that! It’s shaping up to be really special, I feel like it fits in the musical climate right now, but is so different and so me. There are elements of alternative, pop, R&B, trap, all shaping up to be my signature sound. It will be really exciting for me to let the world hear this.

Notion:

What else are you interested in, aside from music?

Gia:

Music is without a doubt my main focus. I enjoy photography as well, but I’ll probably keep that as just a hobby. I’m 18 and I know I’m going to grow and find new inspirations constantly, but right now, I just feel lucky to share my voice with the world.

Notion:

Thank you, Gia. Best of luck with your year!

 

Follow Gia:

http://instagram.com/giazuss

https://soundcloud.com/giamusic-1

https://www.facebook.com/GIAoffcial

 

 

Words: Alex Cheatle /@ZyraMusic



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