Passionate in both life and performing, Genevieve Chadwick has found her calling as a musician. She is carving out a solid career as a solo artist.
Name: Genevieve Chadwick.
Where do you hail from?
Toyota Hiace … Or the South Coast of NSW … Australia?
Your growing fan base has compared you with Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading. Others believe if John Butler was a woman, his name would be Genevieve Chadwick. They’re some pretty huge names in the industry to be compared with; how does that sit with you?
First of all, it’s very flattering to be compared with musicians like those – especially when they are my idols. Second of all, it’s a lot to live up to and thirdly, it’s something to strive towards and aim at.
We played some of your music in the office tonight, and the boys were pretty impressed with your fierce guitar playing. Where did you learn to play like that?
I was a hyperactive kid, complaining about being bored all the time. My dad gave me his guitar when I was 12, so I started learning then. I found local guitar teachers in the paper and was taught to play by ear. After about 3 years, I started joining bands, writing songs and playing gigs – and just loved it! I soon started playing around with open tunings and this, for me, was like opening a new door to my songwriting. I ventured out as a solo artist and soon found different ways to hold an audience without a drummer and bass player. I started to play my guitar with grunt.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Van Morrison, JJ Cale, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, John Butler, Billie Holiday, Counting Crows … this list could go on for a while!
If you could play with anyone from musical history, who would it be and why?
It’d have to be some awesome jam night with the list of people above – man, we’d have a blast!
You’ve just released an album and are currently on the road touring with it. How would you sum up your music for prospective listeners?
The album is fairly easy listening; it’s mostly a band tracked album, with only one solo track and one duet track. The songs are about love and loss, freedom and experience. The live solo show is somewhat different, due to not having the band with me … though, from what I’m told, people seem to really like what I do solo.
I’m a very passionate person in life and on stage. I’m also quite sensitive and emotional, so I try to relay or let this out when I’m performing.
Since commencing your solo career in June 2009, you have toured up and down the east coast of Australia with many of Australia’s leading musicians, including You Am I, Little Birdy, The Screaming Jets, Diesel, Marshall and the Fro and Richard Clapton. Who was your favourite artist to tour with and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to score a gig with these acts as their support. The Screaming Jets were really cool rockers; Tim Rogers is so bloody funny and witty. Diesel has some of the best guitars and gear. Marshall and the Fro get me so wasted. But my fave is probably, the one and only, Kim Churchill.
What filled your time before launching your solo career?
Various and sporadic jobs … Waitress, public servant, signwriter, call centre operator. I have had the reputation as ‘job slut’, but finally I’ve found my calling: MUSICIAN!
What are your plans for the future?
To keep smiling.
Where can people get their hands on your album?
At live shows or on iTunes.