Interview: Gia Woods

Interview: Gia Woods

In an interview with Odyssey, Gia Woods opens up about life as an artist and her latest single "Jump the Fence."

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Gia Woods is a 22-year-old musician and artist pushing the boundaries of both the world and the music industry. After collaborating with Matoma on the hit "Heart Won't Forget," Woods began receiving more and more attention for her vocals and has developed an incredibly dedicated fanbase eager to hear what she will release next. In an interview with Odyssey, Gia Woods discusses her newest single, highlights of her career and more.

How did you first get started with music?

I first got interested when I discovered my sister's electric guitar that was never played, so I sort of stole it from her room and taught myself from YouTube videos. I got so obsessed with wanting to know how to play it. I also picked up the violin from my elementary school orchestra [and] then I was in choir all the way up until high school.

What can you tell us about the new single "Jump The Fence" and its meaning?

"Jump The Fence" is about drowning out the outside noise. It's so easy to get distracted from what you really want when everyone has an opinion. It's about trusting your own intuition over everyone else's.




What has been a highlight or a few separate highlights of your career so far?

Playing LA Pride (in front of 3,000 people!) and honestly signing my record deal with Disruptor Records last year were huge for me. It's such an amazing feeling when you know you've got a really good team together that cares and wants to help you with your vision.

What advice would you give to girls looking to follow a similar career path?

Take your time, write what's genuine to you, work harder than you've ever worked, and trust your gut.

Who are your musical influences?

Madonna, Green Day, Radiohead, and Björk!



If you could only listen to three artists for the next five years, who would they be and why?

Madonna, Radiohead, and Jamie xx. They're all so inspiring in different ways I could listen to them on repeat….arguably for the rest of my life!!

What has been your favorite song to record so far?

They all have a piece of my heart and are special in their own ways. But the most fun to record was my third single, so you'll have to wait a little bit to check it out! But for now, to get a little taste, check out "Jump The Fence."



What can fans look forward to in the near or distant future?

So much new music that I'm really excited about and more music videos! I'll be releasing new material almost every month, so definitely stay tuned for more!


Be sure to stay up to date with Gia Woods on social media and listen to her latest single "Jump the Fence" here.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade.

I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass, and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school, and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone, it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach:

Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off," and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake, I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself, not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, but you also turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It's about the players.

You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won't have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Poetry On Odyssey: My Thoughts As A Teenage Insomniac

"Shifty minds in a shifty night."

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My thoughts have hit a new low,
My bedroom is feeling too cold-
I wanna sleep but my bedspread's only made for two.

DON'T FIX MY AESTHETIC,
I'M CALLING A MEDIC-
I'LL F**K ON THE TABLE,
AND HOTBOX WITH GOD.

Illusions depicted,
Writing hometown fictitions,
And drinking big bottles with uplifting tongues.

I'M PLAYING WITH RATTLES,
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WHO WASHED UP A BOMB-

Rolling around twisting some thoughts,
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And switched on and off.
I'm subtle and bitter,
I've craved for hard liquor,
But felt gross off the thought.

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AND THEY WILL ALL CHEER-
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I PUNCHED MY FRIEND BOBBY
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A repulsive mess.
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For the nighttime thoughts lingers
And I'm shriveled with thought.
For graveyard hours really just suck.

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