It’s Friday night in Portland and Genevieve Schatz, better known as Genevieve, is sound checking in Star Theater. Genevieve’s fiery red and yellow hair makes a unique statement that matches her luring personality. She recently burst onto the scene when her song, “Show Your Colors” was featured in this season's of HBO Girls. Currently on tour opening for A Great Big World’s Kaleidoscope, Genevieve discusses life on the road, the moment she got the call & what’s next.EYES & EDGE: How’s the tour been? Has it been a fun time?Genevieve: It’s been such a sweet, lighthearted tour. I think A Great Big World is the kindest band that I’ve ever been on the road with, truly. And I’ve been on the road with tons of bands. Being on the road is really tough. There’s long drives, no good sleep, food is different everyday but the band is just awesome. They make so much room for us to be here and take up space. And their crowd is so sweet. I feel very in alignment with them.E&E: How has touring affected your creativity? Do you feel like you have been able to be more creative or do you feel like it's been on pause during the tour?G: It’s allowing me to get to a place within myself that’s so joyful and distilled - if that makes sense. Like it’s not complicated the way that it has been in the past. On stage, on this tour I’m very present and effervescent feeling or something you know cause I feel like there’s permission to celebrate. Their music is so positive so it helps me to tune into the really positive aspects of my songs.E&E: What’s after this? After the tour is done?G: So, after the tour is done I’m playing some headlining shows on the East Coast and then I’m coming back to LA to continue working on demos for my record for my first debut album.E&E: Do you like working in Los Angeles?G: I do because most people that I work with are pretty relaxed in the sense that they sleep in and you start in the afternoon and maybe you stay up until the wee hours of the morning but you know it's good. I feel like it’s a beautiful, very warm place to be with tons of creative people who wanna make stuff.E&E: As you have progressed throughout your career and as a person in general - do you have any words of wisdom you wish you could give yourself or the younger generation?G: I think it can be all good and fun to get lost and sort of forget what you are doing here but when you are able to take a deep breath and realize that you are a human incarnation on Earth it’s pretty cool. When I say that I mean it’s silly, it’s funny, it’s all so very weird the thing that we are doing here being in bodies - being these sparks of life and having a body that you get to feel stuff and do stuff. I think that kind of place where you are able to observe and not be so in it all the time can be helpful. So, I guess what I would say is be open to perspective, different kinds of perspective. Find a reason to laugh, find something that you can laugh about. Listen to your inner voice.E&E: Your song, Show Your Colors, recently was picked up by Girls. How do you think that’s helped your career?G: Yeah! It has because I love Girls and specifically love how brave Lena Dunham is as a writer, as a woman, as an artist, all those things. So when it happened I just felt you know, yeah, like I was in alignment with it. It made sense. It’s about celebrating life.E&E: Where were you when you found out? Were you surprised by it?G: I was at a sushi restaurant in Studio City in LA having really cheap affordable sushi and I got the call and I said, yes I’ll agree to all the terms, whatever they are. It was exciting cause I thought oh great you know I watch that show and so if someone like me is watching that show and millions of other people are then maybe they’ll like that song.E&E: So you have all these things that you are headlining this summer but what are you most excited about?G: I’m obviously excited about making my debut album but also I’m excited about taking some time to potentially start a garden at home for when I’m not on tour. That’s gonna be new for me. I grew up in Chicago like downtown in high-rises. I recently moved to a really rural mountain town and its all very new, so I’m planning on getting down there in the dirt. It’s really weird and fun for me. It’s changed my whole life. I mean, I used to order my groceries online - my relationship with the food that I ate was really fucked, up you know?
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