Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Inara George. I grew up in LA and still live here with my husband and kids. I play in a few different bands(The Bird and the Bee, The Living Sisters), as well as play my own solo stuff.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I suppose I have a few, but one I love is “Just keep making stuff” which I stole from my producer Mike Andrews. I think it’s a sort of fearless way to approach life and music or anything really. I feel like it encourages me to not let my own insecurities get in the way of any kind of forward motion.
Could you tell us about your latest single, "Young Adult"? What inspired the creation of this project?
When I wrote “Young Adult” I had only written one song on the piano before. My kids were taking lessons so I decided to take them too. I learned a few classical pieces and started to feel more familiar with the keyboard. And then I started writing and "Young Adult" was the first song that I wrote. I usually write the music before I write a melody or words. So as this song started to come about it sounded kind of like a coming of age song… so I just kind went with that. It kind of became the story of my musical life. From when I first started playing music and felt like much of the time I was in the shadow of my father, who was a well known musician who passed away when I was young, to today.
What advice would you give to a young artist if they're dealing with something hard, how should they use that to push their craft and overall motivation?
I guess I’d go back to what I said before, “Just Keep Making Stuff”. Try never to overthink anything too much. Just because you make something doesn’t mean you have to share it with the world. It might only serve as a stepping stone to something really great.
We're so excited to listen to your upcoming solo album, "Dearest Everybody"! Could you tell us about some of your favorite/most memorable moments when creating this album?
I always love making music in any context. We had so many great musicians play on this record. But when I see string players sit down and read music and play it for the first time it is always so moving to me. We had one day in the studio where we had a quartet play an arrangement that Jeff Babcoe wrote and it was really magically.
Could you walk us through a day you would deem perfect?
Waking up with my family. Making breakfast for my kids. Getting them to school. Walking the dog. Playing a little guitar or piano. Recording in the studio for 2-3 hours. Going to the grocery store before I pick up my kids. Bringing them home and making dinner. Hanging out with them. Then putting them to bed. Spending time with my husband. Then reading a little till I fall asleep. I’m sure it sounds sort of mundane. But if I can get a little bit of everything into my day I feel like I’ve had the perfect day.
What has been one of the most inspirational moments in your life that you least expected?
Watching how my next door neighbor and his wife and family dealt with his death. I’ve never seen anyone face death with such dignity and poise and joy. It was incredibly beautiful to witness. Of course it was also incredibly sad, but there was so much grace too.
How does it feel getting back into creating an album? With over 730K Spotify streams on your previous solo album, "Accidental Experimental", how do you feel about music now compared to then?
It’s incredibly interesting. Sometimes I feel a little sad about how people listen to music today. It seems a little disjointed to me. Are people listening to whole albums? I hope so. But then It’s a super exciting time too. Music is so readily available. I try to keep my expectations low and just observe as much as I can.
What are a few of your goals for the upcoming year?
I’d love to play some shows around the US, but maybe also in other countries. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any touring outside the US. I just have to figure out how I can do it with my kids.
What makes you happy?
A lot of stuff makes me happy. I’m generally a happy person. I suppose a better question for me is what makes me sad. And to that I’d say meanness. I find it incredibly sad when I see people who are unable to have empathy for another person.
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