GG Magree opens up about the artistic process, quarantine-inspired creativity as acoustic version of ‘Nervous Habits’ arrives [Q&A]

Before “Frontlines,” the collaborative hit produced with Zeds Dead and NGHTMRE, Australian DJ/producer GG Magree did not consider herself a singer. In fact, Magree took her first foray into singing by lending her vocals to the 2016 track. Prompted to do so by Tyler Marenyi of NGHTMRE, Magree laid down the lyrics that would later belong to one of the most popular songs from the trio of collaborators.Now, when Magree sits down to begin a new track, she always starts with vocals. Many of her songs even begin as acoustics, later evolving to include her signature bass-heavy and punk-inspired production. Her latest single, “Nervous Habits,”—which features Joey Fleming of pop-punk band, In Her Own Words—shares this origin. With the release of the acoustic version of “Nervous Habits,” Magree’s husky, raw vocals come to the forefront, providing listeners with a peek into her creative process. In anticipation of the release, GG Magree talked with Dancing Astronaut about writing new tracks, quarantine-inspired creativity, and a debut album in the works. Prior to COVID-19, you were touring with Zeds Dead. How did you pivot when the pandemic derailed your plans?We’re so glad that you and your family have recovered. Since then, you’ve been busy during quarantine. In addition to “Nervous Habits,” you also released “Flatline” with Sullivan King and Kai Wachi. What was the process of producing a collaboration in quarantine like? How would you say that this unusual period of time has affected your creativity?It’s a bit of a rarity to see an acoustic track released in the dance music space. Are you planning to do more acoustic work in the future?GG Magree: “Yeah, definitely. I’ve just finished writing an album and there are a couple of more slowed down acoustic songs [on it]. After taking a little bit of time off during this whole quarantine thing, I want my sets to have moments where [there’s] hard dance and then more of a chilled-out emotional moment where people can really connect.”Featured image: Lucas MKTags: , ,
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