Geoff answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:
What will your next release be?
In the very near future Iíll be releasing my second music video, for my single 'Implications' (http://soundcloud.com/geoffong/implications). Iím super excited about this video Ė we had a big group of about 50 dancers come along and do a humungomassive choreographed dance number in a supermarket for the finale! The release show is going to be at Zeal West, in
How do you come up with your lyrics?
I guess I write the same way most people do Ė from experience! If thereís something on my mind, I find the best way to get it out is to write a song about it. 99% of the time, the thing on my mind when Iím writing a song is a girl! I just hope the girls I write the songs about donít know that the songs are about them! I have a feeling they might, thoughÖ Awkward.
Who would you most like to support live?
Taylor Swift, no question. This IS going to happen! Haha
How do you believe you fit into the NZ music industry?
I feel like Iím still finding my feet in the industry. At the moment Iím really just trying everything to see where I fit in Ė Iíve been involved in everything from jazz orchestras to hardcore bands to session work to theatre to glee clubs! However, I definitely think that everything I do helps me to discover who I want to be and where I want to go as a musician.
What can you never leave home without?
My iPod, my headphones, and a jaunty sense of optimism that today is going to be a good day.
How would you describe your music?
Feel-good pop! The stuff Iím writing currently has a lot of soul and R&B influence, but previously (including my debut EP, ĎPicturesí) my songs had much more of a folk/country sound. Generally I just want my music to make people feel happy!
What is the best part of being a musician?
Being able to brighten up peopleís days with music! Itís an amazing gift to be able to play music, and getting the chance to share it is even better.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I use my Facebook page a lot (Iím also starting to learn about TwitterÖ then Iíll move on to Tumblr, and next, THE WORLD!) and I like to post about stuff which I think people can relate to, as opposed to just telling people to come to my next show. I also like to post demos and snippets of songs Iím working on, to get people interested in my next release. I think it definitely helps engage with people when they can comment and discuss things on your posts, as opposed to just getting info about a gig or event.
What rumour would you like to start about yourself?
Something linking myself and Taylor Swift, preferably romantically...
Geoff Ong first began writing music in a short-lived garage band named The HyperHyders. They were pretty bad. After a while though, they realised this ('this' being the fact that they were pretty bad) and made a collective decision to get good. Since then, Geoff has been honing his art by playing, writing, and listening to as much music as possible.
After seeing some success with rock and roll band A.D.D in high school (they were even interviewed live on C4, just quietly), Geoffís life moved into a shiny new chapter- university. The beginning of Geoffís studies at university marked a new period in his musical development- new friends, new bands, and new possibilities. Being involved in as many as 6 bands at once, ranging from hardcore band East of Eden to the Queen City Big Band to the Auckland University Glee Club, itís a wonder Geoff managed to fit in any papers at all. However, the combination of lack of sleep and unhealthy amounts of caffeinated beverages means that he finally scored a degree in mechanical engineering at the end of 2010. +1 intelligence!
While studying and playing in various bands, Geoff was also quietly developing his craft as a solo musician. A few months living in Taranaki saw Geoff come out of his shell- playing solo all over the Taranaki region, and even managing to make it onto the local airwaves. Upon returning to his home of Auckland, he decided to take the prospect of being a solo musician more seriously, and has been gigging around Auckland as often as possible ever since.