Catching Up With Breakout Persian Pop Star Gia Woods
She’s racking up millions of Spotify streams as we speak!
Pop Star, Savage x Fenty ambassador, one of Calvin Klein's featured musicians in the pride collection campaign, is there anything Persian artist Gia Woods isn’t owning right now? With Spotify streams and Youtube views racking up millions, we caught up with her to talk about her journey and what’s in store.
Hi Gia, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! How have you been? We hope your 2020 has been okay!
Hi! I’m doing pretty good. The last few weeks have been a little chaotic trying to get ready for my EP release. Honestly 2020 overall has been pretty chaotic with lots of ups and downs, but luckily I think the good has outweighed the bad.
Can you talk to us a bit about your career journey up until now?
The journey has been a continuous growing and learning experience. From the second I started putting out music up until now, I’ve continued learning about the music I like and the music I want to make. My music is always evolving because I’m always evolving. There’s been a lot of stepping stones along the way like putting out my first song, then stepping away to figure out my sound, signing a record deal in the midst of that process, playing my first show at LA Pride, etc. I’m grateful that my career is going in the direction that I want it to. I know these things take time and I’ve learned to be patient throughout the process. So far it’s working out!
Any major moments or highlights?
I got to be a part of Calvin Klein’s recent LGBTQ+ pride campaign which was such a crazy experience. I’ve always been a huge fan of Calvin Klein so getting to work with them, especially on such an inclusive campaign, was a dream come true. I’ve also been working with Rihanna’s company, Savage X Fenty, as an ambassador which is amazing. I’m happy to be supporting a line that I actually really love to wear.
Such amazing achievements! What would you say is the inspiration behind your music & videos?
When I first started making music I wanted to be as honest as possible, which is why I came out with my first song, “Only A Girl”. A lot of people gave me mixed opinions after that about whether or not I should make my sexuality the main focus of my music. I decided to stick with my instincts to be open and genuine in my writing and so I pretty much just write about whatever I’m going through in my life. Whether it’s a new relationship, a breakup, the feeling of growing up, I draw inspiration from how I’m feeling in the moment.
Can you talk to us a bit about your latest EP release?
Cut Season is my first EP so I’m really excited to be putting it out. It’s funny because I was actually supposed to release this EP in June and then be on tour, but because of COVID everything had to be put on hold. This project has been in the works for a while now, but I’m glad I’ve been able to take my time with it. I think it’s kind of fitting too because the songs are a bit dark and have more of a fall than summer feeling anyway.
Most of the songs are about a toxic relationship I was a part of, both about when I was in it and the breakup itself. I feel the EP captures a time when I grew a lot, started calling myself out, and breaking unhealthy patterns. Writing it was my way of reflecting.
Is there anything exciting in the pipeline you can talk to us about?
I have a music video coming out for one of the songs on my EP, which I’m super excited for everyone to see. I also may or may not have a digital show developing... My team and I are trying to see what we can do. This pandemic has made things very tricky but I’m really trying to figure out ways to perform virtually. I’m also always working on new music. I can’t say exactly when the next song will come but I’m already working on it.
We just have one last fun question, if you could do a collaboration with any artist who would it be and why?
I’d love to collaborate with The Weeknd. I love his sound and he’s collaborated with so many other artists I love, so I feel like we have similar taste.
Well thank you so much Gia for taking the time to talk to us today - we look forward to the EP release and seeing what you have in store for the future!