INTERVIEW: Australian pop-rocker G Flip on new single ‘Good Enough’

G Flip

Meet the Australian pop-rocker G Flip, who recently released their new single/music video, “Good Enough,” a track lifted from their latest album, DRUMMER.

“Good Enough” is a brilliant example of the heat this nonbinary artist can bring. The song starts like an Adele piano ballad: ruminative, full-throated, wounded but tough, effortlessly melodic and immediately engrossing. But the moment G Flip sits down at the kit, it’s apparent that this is no slow dance number.

XS Noize caught up with G Flip to talk about why they make music, the inspiration for “Good Enough,” and drumming in the rain.

Why do you make music?

It’s all I’ve ever done, and it makes me happy.

What inspired your new single/music video, “Good Enough?”

‘Good Enough’ is about not feeling good enough for someone that you know deserves the world. Sometimes, you love someone, but you aren’t in the right headspace to love them the way they deserve. It’s a tough thing to admit to yourself and even harder to say out loud.

I knew I wanted the video to have a darker feel and show me drumming since the song’s ending was so huge. The song has an upbeat feel, but the lyrics are dark, so I wanted to portray that in the video. I worked with the director, Kyle Caulfield, on the concept, and I love what we made. This video was so fun to shoot. It was probably the coldest I’ve ever been in my life, but drumming in the rain was crazy fun. We shot it in the middle of nowhere, about an hour outside Sydney.

“Good Enough” is from your recently released album, DRUMMER. What has the reaction to the album been like?

It’s been overwhelming to see the reaction to ‘DRUMMER.’ I’m so stoked it went #1 in Australia; that was very cool!! I worked on this album for four years to have it out in the world, and to see fans singing the words back to me at the shows makes me emotional.

Please walk us through your mindset as you enter the studio to record the album.

I made ‘DRUMMER’ over four years, so there was no one studio moment.’ When I made it, I told my team I only wanted to do a session if there was a drum kit in the studio. I knew I wanted to make a pop album from a drummer’s perspective, and I knew I wanted it to be all live instruments. I ended up recording most of this record in my house in LA.

As a platform for your thoughts, what messages did you want to get across on DRUMMER?

My songs are pretty autobiographical, and as a queer, non-binary person, I think there’s power in living in that experience. I’m just like everyone else with emotion, heartbreak, and love in my life. I hope my experience allows others to live happily and openly as their true selves.

Is there a song on the album that’s more personal to you than the others? If so, which one and why?

They’re all pretty personal! ‘Made For You’ is a personal song as it’s a love song to my drums. I’ve given up a lot to get where I am, but it’s all worth it because I love drumming and music so much.

G Flip

How did you get started in music?

My dad played in some bands while I was growing up, so I was always around music, but I got my first drum kit when I was nine years old, and that started it all. I had a drum teacher named Jenny, who made me fall in love with drumming and stick with it.

Did your sound evolve naturally, or did you deliberately push it in a specific direction?

My sound has evolved naturally as I have gotten older and matured. A lot happened between my first album and ‘DRUMMER’, and that’s all reflected in the new music. I strengthened my voice; I found my sound, and new experiences and people in my life inspired me. I’ve always just followed what I like and hope that other people like it too!

How have you changed as a person and an artist over the past two or three years?

I’ve grown a lot. I moved to LA; I’ve seen a lot of the world. I also grew musically. I invested a lot in strengthening my voice and live show, worked with amazing collaborators and learned a lot. I think overall, I’ve learned who I am and what my sound is, which is exciting!

How do you define success?

My favourite part of my job is making the people around me happy. I feel successful when I’m able to provide for my loved ones or provide them with experiences that make them smile.

What can your fans look forward to over the next six months? Music videos? Live gigs?

I’m currently on my US tour, so that they can find me at those shows! After that, I’m playing some NYE festivals in Australia and then will be back to writing the next album.

Check out the video for “Good Enough” – BELOW:

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Randy Radic lives in Northern California where he smokes cigars, keeps snakes as pets, and writes about music and pop culture. Fav artists/bands: SpaceAcre, Buddy Miller, Post Malone, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, and he’s a sucker for female-fronted dream-pop bands.

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