Tell us about yourself.
I’m Zoey Georgeades, I’m 16 years old, and I’m from Greeley, Colorado. I love music and it’s practically my life.
Tell us about yourself as an artist.
I’d like to describe myself as someone who makes pop music with a Latin/electronic twist. I play 7 instruments and music is one of the very few things I can do for fun while also taking it seriously.
Tell us about the genre of your music.
It’s mainly pop with a Latin/electronic undertone.
Tell us about the story behind your song.
“Runaway” was one of the few songs I’ve written where I’m deeply connected to it. It’s about liking someone and them giving you an impression that they like you back. But, after a few minutes of them giving you the idea that they’re into you, they run. It’s like dipping your toes into cold water that you think is warm. I wrote it, conceptualized it, and made a demo for it in less than two hours; the fastest I’ve ever created a song.
Tell us about the problems you face as a musician and high school student.
There is an endless list of problems, but the main one I face is time. I have to dedicate a lot of time to my academics, but I also have to dedicate a lot of time to my music. I’m a junior currently and the pressure is high to get ready for college and having a music career in its infancy definitely packs on the weight. It’s all worth it though as I love music.
Tell us about the recording and production of the song.
I recorded the song back in October of 2017 out in LA and had it produced by Stefan Litrownik. He’s an incredibly talented and amazing guy and it was such a fun experience.
List the names of blogs, radio, or TV stations that have supported you so far.
Tell us more about your music career, experience, and future goals.
Truthfully, my professional music career just started less than a year ago. My more unprofessional music career started when I was four when I was put into piano lessons. It’s been an exponentially growing process, something I’m incredibly blessed and grateful for, and it’s been an amazing experience. I hope to soon tour, make more music, and ultimately just help people with my music.
Brief us on what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Sometimes it’s very random, like inspiration will hit me when I’m on a train of thought in my head and a lyric pops up and I have to grab a piece of paper and scribble it down before it I forget it. Other times, it’s when I watch a musician documentary or a music award show; something to where I see a musician doing something that amazes or impresses me.
Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
I’m not quite sure what makes a hit song. What I do know from watching hours and hours of behind-the-scenes videos of producers working on hit songs, i.e. Max Martin, Mark Ronson, etc., is that a hit song comes when you least expect it. There is definitely a method to the madness, but that comes from years and years of listening to endless hours of music. I grew up listening to all the early 2000s-today pop hits and classical music on repeat all the time and It’s beginning to bleed into my work. It’s like modeling the masters while making something brand new. It’s a difficult task, but it can be done. That’s why every high schooler has to read The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men so that they can know what classic literature is. The same goes with music, it deals a lot with exposure.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Probably to have confidence in yourself all the time, never once doubt yourself. There is always going to be a bunch of people pitting against you, but if you believe in yourself, you’re invincible. Nobody can take your confidence away from you. There’s this Logic’s quote I love, “I’d rather be hated for who I am than who I ain’t.”
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
My music career is very new, so I only have one song out at the moment, haha. I have a project I’m planning to release soon and go on tour as well.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I have a little make-shift studio in the basement of my house. I go down there and just mess around on my piano and different sounds and when I find something I like I find a melody. Then, I write lyrics. Sometimes the process is completely backward where I come in with a lyric idea and make a melody and then find a sound.
Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.
I’d love to collaborate with anyone, but I’d truly love to collaborate with Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, Max Martin, and so many more.
State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your songs.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
My happiest day was probably when I met Fifth Harmony at a meet and greet of theirs back in 2015. I was a huge fan of them and meeting them was definitely one of the top 5 best days of my life. That day definitely solidified my dream of being a musician. My saddest day probably was when my first dog Toby, a little black Pomeranian, ran away when I was 8. I loved that dog and my parents and I joke about it now, but every day for probably a few solid months after he ran away I’d cry before bed because I missed him so much.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I’d save some, probably invest into some stocks and into some cryptocurrencies, buy my family and friends and some stuff, and buy some things for myself.
Tell us, five artists, you can regard as legends.
That’s definitely a tough one, but probably Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Max Martin (a producer), Beethoven (An old one but a classic one), and Justin Bieber.
Tell us your future plans pertaining to music.
I have a project I’m planning to release soon and go on tour as well.
Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.
Creativity and originality go hand in hand in music. In order to be original, you have to be creative. In order to be creative, you have to be original. The word ‘create’ is in creative. If you’re copying something, that’s not creating something, that’s copying something. We’re definitely at a point in music where we have the technology to our advantage, but a lot of people are abusing it. If I’m correct, sampling has been huge since the 70s and it’s where you take a piece of a song, whether it be a piano pattern, a vocal chop, or a drum loop, and create something new with it. A lot of people abuse the idea of sampling and completely just rip off songs. On the other hand, many people use sampling beautifully and create something amazing from an old classic. Kanye West is an example as he’s really good at it. His music is based around sampling and he does it in a way where it’s brilliant as he creates something new from something old. Sampling has become a lot more accessible and easier to the general public since the 70s with the rise of downloadable music and computers. A lot of music is becoming overrun with similar synths and beats, but there are always a select few who always pop in and completely shake the industry, i.e. Lady Gaga popping in and creating electropop music when we were transitioning from an era of hip/hop and pop-rock. The industry lately has been super difficult to break into since the change from buying and downloading music to streaming has completely cut the budgets of labels and artists. Originality is rare, but there are always few creative people who always break in to make a change.
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
I’m into music because I love it. It’s something that brings me joy and it’s also one of the few things I’m good at, haha. I’ve grown up around it and I’ve seen how much happiness it can bring to people. I also love it because it’s a beautiful thing; it’s a universal language that you don’t have to speak in order to understand.
Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.
I’d say it’s a mix of both honestly. I love 50s soul/pop music, a product of my grandma and grandpa, and 80s pop/rock music, a product of my dad and mom. To go super old school, I also love classical music, a product of my classical piano lessons. Also, a part of me still loves modern music.
Tell us about your most memorable day as an artist.
My most memorable day as an artist was probably when I got a message from a talent scout saying that she worked for a producer that might be interested in working with me. I had about 400 Instagram followers and that was in April of 2017. That producer worked with me one on one and for sure got the ball rolling in my career.
Tell us what you will do If you found yourself in a position of power.
I’d love to focus on unity. Unity is something our world/country is lacking severely at the moment. I’d like to make everyone feel as loved and accepted as possible, no matter the color of their skin, sexual preference, gender, religion, etc. I’d also really love to spread the message that we as humans go through things on a daily basis; we’re all hurting. Also, that we shouldn’t put others down just because we’re hurting, that just adds more hurt. Instead, we should be spreading more love and positivity. We should just embrace the struggle as a whole and work together as a team by helping each other when it comes to small things or even huge things.