We Chat Music & Life With George Maple | Clozette

Australian singer George Maple has just released her music video to her latest single 'Lover' featuring model Jordan Barrett. So we caught up with the Aussie singer and got her chatting about her life, music, and the inspiration behind the song.


Watch the video to her latest single below:




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How did you get started? Did you always know the type of music you wanted to create? 

I have always been a songwriter and artistically driven. I went through some personal challenges with relationships and losing loved ones when I was first out of school that set my confidence back. So It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do as a solo artist. My first released record was ‘Foreign Language’ with Flight Facilities. We released the song and became friends. That was my first taste of the real music industry.

We toured for a year and I would wake up every day and write a new piece of music on my laptop. I was writing behind the scenes for other people and developing new creative relationships. I discovered Jamie XX and Jai Paul and became obsessed with the sonic world of production. It was like a new way of expressing myself creativity, using sounds as opposed to traditional songwriting. Eventually, I decided I wanted to develop a project, an outlet for my original work and so George Maple was born.

Both you and your music have changed quite a bit over the years, can you share more about that evolution with our readers? What prompted that change in you?

100%! I feel very good about where everything is at. I feel creatively very free and confident in what I’m doing. I don’t know if i’ve ever struggled with authenticity, more that it’s a different time in my life now. I feel proud of the hard work i’ve put in and the fact I’ve been self-reliant and I’m able to make my own decisions creatively and from a business perspective.

My art is a reaction to the world around me, the people, the places, the heartbreak -- and the various energies all tend to contribute to the tone of the music. When I began this project, my name George Maple was a disguise, something I could hide behind. I wasn’t ready to share my deepest and darkest with the world. Over the last few years, I’ve entered new phases, finding my sexuality, my place as a woman, as an artist, dealing with life changing situations, death, falling in and out of love, battling my own demons, failing and succeeding, all the elements that contribute to new layers of human. It’s just growing up, I guess.

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Let’s talk about your Summer Tour for a bit. What was that like? Since you’ve undergone a metamorphosis over the years, did your recent tour feel any different?

Those shows were the best shows of my life. Every show is getting better and better. I am dancing a lot more, which is a throwback to me as a 15 year old. I just started personal training and singing at the same time as I was noticing myself becoming fatigued on stage. It’s very fun. It’s interesting though, it’s almost just peeling back the layers of my true self. I’m excited to continue to take the show to another level each time. I have grand plans.




You’ve also made a move from Australia to LA, how’s that been so far? Any difference between the two places that sticks out for you – whether it’s musically or just the overall vibe?

I’ve been moving around since I was 15 so I’m used to it; but I really love LA. It’s the first place that I’ve felt I’d like to stay put and move my belongings to. The energy is so positive there at the moment. There’s very minimal ego in the circles I travel in and I’ve met a really inspiring group of artists, musicians, actors, directors, stylists who create a great nucleus for me to create. It’s also a good mid-way between Australia, UK, Asia, and London where I have to travel a lot at the moment.

Making a mark in the music industry is tough but it has also seen an awakening as more female artists gain more visibility, respect, and are inspired to push the boundaries of their craft, and making bold statements in support of female empowerment. So how do you define yourself from everyone else? 

I’m not very good at these questions. My mantra is that everyone is equal regardless of their physicality. I just hope that one day the conversation develops from ‘female empowerment’ to equality being the norm. Support one another, create communities, be kind to each other. I’m an idealist who has experienced a lot of very real life situations in the last few years and I’ve learned that the more we can enforce acceptance and kindness, the better off the world is.


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Your new single ‘Lover’ has just been released – congrats! Give us a peek into the creation of both the song and the music video? 

Thank you! I’m so glad that it’s out, i’m really proud of it. I wrote that song a long time but only finished the production a few months ago. Most of my songs are an amalgamation of events rather than just one single experience, this one is a feeling I know all too well. I always manage to get myself into complicated love situations, whether it’s the wrong person, unrequited love, forbidden love, love with consequences.

I’ve watched many people around me fall into the same trap. I guess it’s a part of being human. I like to find the beauty in the undertones of these kind of human behaviour. It’s basically a beautiful disaster. I sometimes feel I’m a vessel for these kinds of experiences because the situations seem to gravitate towards me. Perhaps I’m a vessel for complex love and my job is to write about it... Maybe I’ll settle down one day, I don’t know. The music video actually took the concept to a new level.

Jordan plays the protagonist so well. He plays the character being driven to the edge of insanity, lashing out and eventually walking away from the one he loves to preserve his sense of self. It’s based on a real life person I know although I will leave their identity to the imagination.



What was it like working with Jordan Barrett for the music video? Any fun stories to share?

He’s a doll. we didn’t know each other before the shoot, but we’ve become good friends since. He has a kind soul and wow he looks good on camera! It was a pretty intense two days of shooting. He had to learn to pretend fight and we were filming in rain and strobes. One of the shots, he accidentally connected with his co-star and punched him in the jaw. That shot made the cut because obviously it looked so real.


Finally, because we’re a fashion and beauty site, we want to know. What’s your go-to look and how would you describe your style?


Slick hair, dark eye, and sometimes a dark lip. I like to look structured and dramatic. There’s a little bit of cleopatra in me. My style is mood based and usually based around where my brain is at creatively. Kind of random, but I like it.


What are the 5 beauty products you cannot live without?

ASAP micro-exfoliant, Skinstitute Skin Oil, Coconut body oil, SK-II masks, and Kiehl's lip balm


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When Coach debuted its ready -to-wear line, Coach 1941, in honour of its 75th birthday, I’ll be frank — I was completely and irrevocably blown away. Was Coach ever this cool? What have we been missing all along? Okay guys, we need to set our sartorial priorities straight right now.




But here’s the thing: yes, Stuart Vevers gave the brand a breath of fresh air, but the creative director never compromised on Coach’s legacy. That’s where 1941 Reimagined came into play for Clozette’s latest collaboration with the brand. 

For Coach Fall 2016, looks and pieces hinted at Americana nostalgia with a contemporary attitude. They were reinterpreted, reinvented, remodeled, and reassembled to show off a modern freshness that is both classic and trendy at the same time. A new era of Coach is here, and now every cool boy and girl wants a piece of the American brand.



So, what are the defining traits of a cool girl? In my opinion, she is someone who is unapologetic about who she is, and she never needs gratification from anyone but herself. She is masculine and feminine. She is an insider and an outsider. She is neither here nor there — she takes it all in her stride. 

This brashness — in a good way — is very much in line with Coach Fall 2016, which tells a visual story of “vintage, cowboy and punk”, all mish-mashed together to become surprising wardrobe staples for the urbanites.





For 1941 Reimagined, we shot at an edgy industrial studio in Johor Bahru — a location I instantly fell in love with even before we stepped foot into the premise. It was the perfect urban cool location that lent a complementary contrast to the modern bohemia of Coach Fall 2016, a beautiful play of opposites that speaks of the brand.


There, we made two stop-motion videos and FYI, making the videos was... every bit an interesting experience. Each frame was shot while I put my non-existent yoga skills into good use and posed “frozen” in place. Was it challenging? Without a doubt. Was it fun? Oh, in those outfits, I’d gladly do it all over again.





From varsity jackets and wool sweaters, to fur vests and suede jackets, Coach Fall 2016 offered a wide selection of outerwear. If I have to choose one (what a happy dilemma!), the Motif Crewneck Sweater is definitely one for keeps in my wardrobe. Made with a luxurious wool and cashmere blend, this fun statement piece in itself is perfect for layering in our temperamental climate. 

Note to self: layer over frilly dress, leather skirt, skinny jeans, black culottes — basically everything!





And in case you didn’t know already: one thing’s for sure, Coach never fails in the accessories department. The aesthetics may have been rejuvenated, but quality leather workmanship — the root of the Coach brand — is still visible in every seam and every intricate detailing. 

I am obsessed with the Rogue bag 36 in Colorblock Python. This functional bag is spacious enough for my day-to-day essentials (my trusty MacBook Air, organiser, wallet, and the likes), and its top handles come in an exotic leather finish to add a punctuation of “toughness” into the ensemble.





Now, can we take a moment to admire those metallic studded leather loafers? These stunning block-heeled High Vamp Loafer with Studs are embellished with rivets, studs and faux pearl cabochons at all the right places without seeming too over-the-top.






With a collection chock-full of statement pieces from ready-to-wear to accessories and bags, Coach has once again outdone itself this Fall 2016. And just in case you can’t find me, I’ll be hanging out with the Coach gang.


Find out more about Coach Fall 2016 here.

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2016 has been a whirlwind of style inspiration, from giving us a fresh take on classic fashion to reinterpreting the image of what’s cool, this year’s sartorial journey has been enigmatic and celebratory of history, street-style and sub-cultures. This has paved the way for women to embrace diversity in their wardrobe and fully express spunk and confidence, creating a new-breed of cool-girls who are confident in who they are, where they want to go, and who they want to be.

The Coach 1941 Fall Collection is just that, reimagining the concept of “cool” through the perfect balance of heritage and modern style. The collection is all about blending the old and the new, the hard and the soft, and the cool and the classic – perfect for the modern day woman who juggles between contrasting elements with ease and confidence as she goes through daily life.

So how do you channel the cool-girl style? Take a bold leap and make a statement with these picks from Coach 1941 Fall Collection.

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Motif Crewneck Sweater 

 
Nostalgia and the re-imagination of the classics form the backbone of this collection, and the Motif Crewneck Sweater fully captures that essence of prep-school-girl all grown up. Pair it with the Leather A-line Skirt for a blend of texture to give the look that “ready-to-take-on-the-city” vibe.
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Western Embroidery Rogue Bag & High Vamp Loafers With Shield



To balance the mix of textures prevalent through the collection, opt for a structured bag. Inspired by both Western wear and the modern New York subway, the Western Embroidery Rogue Bag blends the softness of floral detailing with bold stripes for a play on contrast.

And since this collection is full of edge and eclecticism, be fearless and go bold with your footwear with this pair of High Vamp Loafers With Shield. A reimagined version of hockey shoes, this statement piece is loud and bold with its embossed and shimmering leather, cabochons, studs, and an Edwardian-inspired chunky heel. It combines the extreme elements of classic glam and varsity-playoffs in pure Coach elegance.


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Buckle Square Sunglasses


What’s a cool-girl look without statement sunglasses? Straying away from typical black frames, the Buckle Square Sunglasses offers a hint of spunk without losing the element of mystery with its glamorously oversized frames. Inspired by the ‘70s, it’s a throwback to hippie-glamour; but modernized and made spunky with the addition of the iconic Coach buckle hardware as a temple detail.


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Coach and Coach 41 Championship Rings



Accessories can take an outfit from an eight-to-a-ten if curated just right. Inspired by both traditional championship games and glamour statement pieces, these Coach and Coach 41 Championship Rings are cool-girl staples. These silver rings encrusted with Swarovski crystals not only exude luxury but also celebrates the spunk of street-style and prep-school nostalgia.


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Coach New York Eau De Toilette



Nothing fully captures the vibe and aura of a cool-girl style than a signature scent. So to complete the look, go for a spritz of the Coach New York Eau De Toilette. After all, fragrances seem to have this power to capture the spirit and soul of a city; and nothing speaks “cool-girl” more than a fragrance inspired by the spontaneous energy and style of New York City.

With notes of bright, sparkling raspberry combined with hints of Turkish roses, the Coach New York Eau De Toilette is a musky, suede-like fragrance that represents the free-spirit and authentic cool-girl attitude of the quintessential Coach girl.

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Find out more about the Coach 1941 Fall Collection here.
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