Seattle Based Musician Releases Empowering New Single “How We Love”
Music should be digestible for all type of audiences and people with different religion, culture, sexual identification and more. The beautiful thing about music is the variety of songs out there that someone can relate to! 22 year old Seattle based artist Olie G just released a powerful and compelling upbeat pop song titled “How We Love” and we're in love with it!
“When I sing I feel most connected with myself, I feel equal parts of scared-vulnerable and insanely confident with who I am” - Olie G
One of the most authoritative quotes from an artist I’ve ever heard a truly remarkable trait to be equipped with! ‘How We Love’ is a song I feel that can connect with so many individuals who feels as if they’re alone with identifying themselves. It’s a cute song that talks about a ‘crush’ something everyone has had in their lives! We all can relate to the general topic of discussion in this single. This carefree, passionate, and desirable single is a blueprint of self expression. If the title “How We Love” doesn’t give the message away, it’s conveying the thought of acceptance.
#LoveIsLove has been a growing trend and movement that has created waves in all the correct ways. With so much negativity going around in today's society it’s truly refreshing to see artists like Olie G bring a sense of community with her musical art form.
Check out ‘How We Love’ on Spotify and check out our exclusive interview with Olie G below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello Buzz Music Readers! I am Olie.G, a 22 year old Queer Singer/Songwriter based in Seattle, WA! I began producing music this past January with Allan Louderback after setting my sights on creating relatable and intentional music with the LGBTQ+ community in mind. Coming out is a tough and under rated struggle for many of us, I think. The layers involved in each individuals story appear similar at times, yet involve specific instances that vary from one to the next. In the midst of accepting my own sexuality as a senior in High School, music became my therapy. By singing about specific moments, I finally felt strong and confident in myself by having a place to put the emotion and pain I felt consumed in. Music is meant to connect others, to speak of vulnerabilities, and to be honest. And I am determined to create - dance around crazy, scream at the top of your lungs, weep and repeat - music that finds away at connecting us all.
Love your new song "How We Love" it's very powerful. Can you tell us about the creation process of the song?
The creation process for the song How We Love was much different from any other song I've ever wrote. Usually I begin by messing around on my ukulele and attempt to find chords that fit an exact memory or feeling. From there, my memory turns into lyrics that morph and mesh with the vibe of the chords. Essentially, I begin singing what I would normally explain. But with How We Love I didn't draw from a specific memory at all. I was asked by my girlfriend to create a "steamy" song - you know, kinda sexy and fun?! I immediately knew I wanted something up beat and poppy, and once I found the groove the lyrics began to flow. Behind any of my lyrics is at least a paragraph of background to tell - which is no different in this song, I just pulled from more generalized experiences than specific memories. "I wanna make out with your face" is about as steamy as it gets, but it's catchy, right?
Your lyricism is compelling and amazing, how do you go about your songwriting methods and approach?
My approach to song writing is drastically different from when I first began writing. Between 15 and 18 most of the songs I wrote happened in the middle of the night after a lightning bolt of inspiration hit. I would find chords, a tempo, jot down lyrics and fully complete the lightning bolt song in one single sitting! If I were to loose the spark or dare I say - fall asleep, the song would be lost forever. No matter how hard I would try reignite the spark, nothing would ever catch and deleting the word document was my only option. During this time my songs would happen randomly and without warning. There was absolutely no timeline or estimated arrival of when the next spark would hit. At 19 my bursts of creativity slowly began to stretch. I was able to start an idea, compose what I had, and save the rest for a later time. I was able to find the same energy and flow, pick up where I left off, and lead me to where I am now; able to work on multiple pieces at a time! Was it because I was finally done with standardized testing and institutionalized curriculum? The world may never know. But my creative work flow surely benefited post High School. As for my song writing methods, they've stayed the same from the beginning. I sing about things that feel stuck on my mind. I sing when things feel hard to deal with or frustrating. I sing to help myself feel okay with my sadness, to put beauty to the pain I have felt. I sing about joy and love for myself and others. I like that my songs can be picked and pulled apart at every lyric or phrase because of how much of me I put into them. For example, Try Harder is specifically dedicated to experiences that happened my senior year of High School with lyrics like "leading my troops just the way I should" referring to my involvement with NJROTC and, "tired so hard to impact a life" referencing the before school Bible Study I would attend and occasionally sing worship at, etc. I like having my music turn into conversations with people.
When did you begin to develop a passion for music?
My passion for music has always been evident. While my elementary school peers loved gym and science, I remember feeling slightly unfriended every time I enthusiastically shot from my seat for music class. But I honestly couldn't help myself. My energy sky rocketed around music and I felt great. Making noise and singing as loud as possible became my favorite thing. Middle School and High School were spent in theater, band and choir, and come marching band season I would set my bass clarinet aside and conduct the pep band. I loved the feeling of mass music. Having a hundred voices and two hundred instruments with the power to control the mood of the crowd felt mighty and moving. I quickly discovered the ukulele when I realized singing is nearly impossible while playing the bass clarinet. Lastly, a huge part of my love for music stems from my faith and the church I grew up in. Worshiping with the entire congregation, raising our hands, singing about our struggles and challenges in light of something greater was beautiful and powerful to me. Put that together with a full band, live show ambiance, and concert lighting magic and I couldn’t help but fall obsessed with the world music could create. The first songs I ever wrote were worship songs and they were as honest as ever, yet every time I sang them something still felt off. While authentic they still felt fake. I started struggling with my identity and fell into a slump, I felt lost and unsure and started writing songs that spoke directly about what I was going through right then and there. Music gave me the opportunity to be 100 percent honest with myself and I've been forever hooked. The connection, joy, and understanding music brings I've experiences as the most powerful force in this world.
Who are some of your musical influences if any and why?
My music influences include Hayley Kiyoko, Fletcher, and Clairo for being some amazing and powerful queer artists. I adore the bands Walk the Moon and Oh Wonder because they're sound is so recognizable and their music just hits and makes you groove. And this almost always gets me in trouble, but I would say hands down, my biggest musical influence is Justin Bieber. I've been addicted to his music, swag, and presence since day 1. He bounces around from instrument to instrument on stage, hypes the crowd and maintains and energy like I've never seen before, he dances, he sings, and he wears the absolute sickest outfits there are. He started from nothing and grew fame faster than any other child star. His talent is undeniable and although many view him differently than myself, I love his whole journey and what is becoming of him. I see him as very misunderstood, very pressured, and very judged and bombarded with hate. But more than that, I see him as someone I can relate to. Being just under a year younger, I can not imagine growing up with that amount of fame. It could not have been easy having some of the toughest years of your life blasted on loud speaker. (I don't know about you but my teenage years were an absolute mess!) But I am inspired by his commitment, his ability to reflect, and his desire to keep growing and improving. He is still so young and I believe there is a whole lot more to come from this insanely talented and influential man. He has my support fully and will forever by my music icon. I just want to be you JB <3
We appreciate the love you’re sharing and the empowerment you’re conveying, why do you think the music scene today sometimes lacks society problems instead of using their platform and art to help defuse the hate surrounded in our world?
I think why a lot of the music scene today lacks mentioning a lot of societal problems because people are scared. Scared because 1. These topics and conversations almost always lead to arguments, anger, and tension to any given situation. But scared because 2. Today's issues have been layered upon layered with so many other problems and nuances to the issue at hand that even mentioning these topics creates such large defense and push back from many that honestly leads no where. Educate yourself, listen to others to understand, hear about life from they're perspective, and reflect upon yourself always. If you are offended by something, why is it offending you? The initial response we've seen is almost always anger. Social media is just covered in hate, who wouldn't be scared? "You can't say that", "I don't want my children hearing this", "Keep your politics out of my radio", etc. But this anger stops us from reflecting, finding a solution, and keeps us on defense with everyone. That's why when I sing, I sing with as much honesty as I possibly can. I share my story more as a conversation with pretty background music that's hard for people to get angry at, than explicitly bashing on our societal failures. I share my experiences through song because music is the only thing that was literally made to be listened to. I want to mention things I am passionate about without an ounce of hate because for at least 3 minutes I have people's attention - I don't want to waste it. I won't through in things I don't know, I won't get angry at what is wrong in our culture, I will only speak from my experiences and what I have been through in hopes of finding connection and understanding. So don't be scared to talk about issues that you feel passionate about, just speak from what you've experienced, be honest, and people will listen. I've always said people follow passion, and what better way to spread your passion than through an outlet meant to be heard.
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