Music’s newcomer Gia caught our attention last year with her sexy new song and even sexier video, Only A Girl. In this song, Gia talks about her no holds barred first girl-on-girl experience. In the video, you get a glimpse into this sultry world with Gia as the leader of a tennis playing, Red Vine eating blonde girl squad. This June, Gia is performing at the Los Angeles Pride event and will soon release a new single, Warriors. We chatted with her to see what else she has up her sleeve.
How did you get into the music business?
I was performing at my high school choir show and my current manager scouted me.
A year ago you released the hit, Only A Girl what does that song mean to you?
The song was inspired about my first girl-on-girl experience and relationship. Not only was it personal to me, but I felt as though the message of the song would be impactful in helping others to feel comfortable with their own sexuality
It seems like in the music industry, people are beginning to express themselves more openly about their sexuality in songs and music videos. You and teen sensation Troye Sivan aren’t afraid to go there. Why do you think it’s important to express yourself in that way?
There’s no “specific way” that I’m expressing myself, other than being who I truly am which I don’t see a difference. Because it isn’t a “way”, it’s simply expressing who I truly am which shouldn’t be viewed as any different than anybody else, straight or gay. And I guess that’s why it is important because people need to see that it’s all relative, not special or out of the norm, but completely the same.
In your music video Only A Girl, you seem to play on the archetype of American female beauty. Your squad (friends/girlfriends) are all thin and blonde in all white tennis shirts dancing around making out with each other. You are the only brunette with an edgier look—a more distinct look--was this intentional? Is there a bigger statement there?
No that was unintentional (laughs).
Do you define yourself as gay, straight, bi or queer? Do you think that using a certain label could discourage future fans from listening to your music? Does those labels even matter?
I like whoever I like whether it’s a boy or a girl, gender is not important; it’s the person that counts. If a label were to discourage any fans, then they weren’t a fan to begin with.
You are about to perform at Los Angeles Pride. How are you feeling about taking that stage?
I feel so honored to be able to perform and be a part of LA pride. This will be such a memorable experience and I’m so excited.
How would you describe your style musically and fashion wise?
I feel like my music is versatile, I do whatever I feel in the moment, and to me categorizing is dangerous because it limits yourself. Fashion wise, I enjoy taking risks, it is not my goal to be perfect at all times. If I have to choose I’d describe my style as androgynous, and I love mixing street elements and teenage subcultures.
Fiona Apple is one of your musical inspirations. What is it about her music that you relate to so much?
Her voice, and her ability to tell a story that takes the listener on a journey
We caught a glimpse of a new video, Warrior. We are so excited for this! When is the entire video going to be released? What is Warrior about?
The Warrior video was to put out for promo while I have been busy writing and recording my debut EP. I am so excited about the songs on the EP and will be releasing new music this summer after LA Pride.
What are some current artists you are listening to?
’m really into Borns and Kelela lately.
Where you do see your music career going in the near future?
I want to inspire people all over the world to embrace themselves and to never hide who they truly are through traveling, performances, and meeting my fans. I also hope that the level of success that I attain will allow me to give back to the world and help those who are less fortunate.
What do you want to say with your music?
It varies from song to song but overall I would like to change the way people think.