[Interview] Gin Wigmore: Sparking change and enjoying the ride
If you haven’t heard the name Gin Wigmore, you’ve more than likely heard one or more of her hard hitting singles on a beloved TV show, commercial, or on Obama’s 2016 summer playlist. The new sound of the feminist revolution, Gin’s music is sure to have you dancing naked in your room, and considering tattooing ‘smash the patriarchy,’ on your forearm. Her passion for change in society and the world is inspiring to the generation of millennials blasting her tunes. The wayward atomic bombshell from New Zealand was able to chat with us and answer a few questions right before her tour, Let it Ride kicked off in New Mexico.
What are you most excited about bringing to each city on your tour?
Just a show for the first time, basically. I mean, we haven’t played in any of these cities on the tour, so it’s all really fresh. I played once before in New Orleans on a support tour, and Memphis too, maybe, but that’s it. So, for me it’s really exciting to be able to come through new places and put on a show for the first time, meet fans who I’ve never met before, and see their response and relationship to my music. It’s gonna be kind of like, a first date, almost, and I, I love first dates. So, I’m super excited about the whole thing.
You worked with Butch Walker on your 2011 album, Gravel and Wine. How was working with him and do you think you’ll produce another album with him in the future?
Oh yeah, hell yes. Butch is the epitome of a badass. He’s such a cool dude, everything he does, right down to the clothes he puts on in the morning. He has such great taste and style for music. I think the coolest thing about working with Butch was that he saw a side of my artistry that he really brought out. I didn’t know how to pull it out of me. It was kind of all about being more confrontational with my music. Being more empowered with my music, and not hiding behind this kind of, nice, sweet veneer of a girly singer songwriter. He was like, “Nah, fuck that! Be a bad bitch. That’s kind of how you operate in life, so you should be that through your music as well.” So yeah, he taught me how to get tough with music. He was really instrumental in putting me on another path in the road of what I was capable of. And fuck yeah, I’d love to work with Butch again. We’ve kept in touch, pretty closely. So yeah, it’s just when we want to, more than anything.
What’s been your most rewarding collaboration, and is there an artist that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
I’d say one of the most rewarding collaborations I've done was a track from my last record, "Willing to Die," with Suffa from a hip hop group in Australia, Hilltop Hoods, and rapper, Logic. I reached out to both of them to be on the track, and they were both up for it. It was cool to see the song go in a direction that I had no idea where it would end up. Usually, I’m kind of a control freak, but I was just like, “Hey, do you.” So, that was a really cool collaboration. As for the future, working with Woodkid would be really cool.
President Obama included your song, “Man Like That,” on his 2016 summer playlist. How do you feel about that?
Awesome! Like, I knew Obama was cool, and no doubt the coolest of our presidents, but I didn’t know that his summer playlist was a thing. I woke up one morning to texts from friends like, “Oh my God, fucking cool, Obama’s a fan and shit!” And I was like, “What?!” I had no idea. I’ve got this romantic idea of him busting out “Man Like That,” in the White House and dancing around with Michelle and the kids, which would be awesome. It’s a really nice vision.
On Twitter, you seem to be pretty vocal on certain issues, in particular, climate change. What do you do, and what is some advice you have for others in regards to climate change?
Yeah, absolutely. I think it’s gone past the point of just thinking, “Oh, I’ll just do a little bit once a month.” It’s got to be a daily exercise of consciously knowing your impact, and the impact you have on the world and its future, and if we’re to have a future, you need to act accordingly, everyday, for the rest of your life. Be an example to others about what you can do. What is actually going on is so hidden, that you need to be educated, and not be in denial and think that someone else is going to solve the problem. It’s down to our individual contributions, that’s the only way it’s going to change. Knowing what fossil fuels are about, and studying the meat industry, and knowing who’s in charge and making the money in this whole operation. I think musicians need to use social media mediums to express their views, to share their opinions, and not be intimidated by losing fans on your site. Musicians have such huge reach, and they’re huge influencers. Back in the 60s, musicians like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, all had shit to say about what was going on in society, and in the world and it sparked change. I’m doing everything I can to help in some way, shape, or form, daily. Whenever I’m around friends, I’m sure I shove it down their fucking throats, but I feel like I have to at this point.
Gin’s Let it Ride tour makes it’s stop in Atlanta Monday, November 28, at Vinyl, and has assured us that the evening promises to be intimate, personal, and totally badass. With a full band in tow, they’re ready for you to join them on this exhilarating ride.
Gin Wigmore is playing at The Vinyl at Center Stage on November 28.
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