Friday Aug 2
Bottom Lounge & C3 Present

Chelsea Cutler G-Flip

10:00 PM Doors / 11:00 PM Show
17 & Over

Chelsea Cutler

21-year old singer, songwriter, producer Chelsea Cutler has come a long way from recording songs in her bedroom. Teaching herself to play music at a very early age; she learned piano, guitar, cello, and drums by the time she was 10. However, it wasn’t until high school that she found her own lane as an artist and began uploading unique acoustic covers to Soundcloud. After a few years of honing her sound as a songwriter and producer, Chelsea released her breakthrough single, “Your Shirt” in early 2017. The fully self-written and produced track has amassed over 50 million streams on Spotify, hit #1 on the HypeMachine charts, reached Spotify’s Global Viral Charts, and went to #3 SoundCloud’s Pop Charts. The song became the lead single off her debut EP, Snow In October, which released in the Fall of that year. Shortly after the release, she dropped out of college to pursue music full-time, and kicked off 2018 by supporting frequent collaborator and fellow Mutual Friends collective member Quinn XCII on his sold out 30-city North American tour. In June she released her next project, Sleeping With Roses, an 8-song mixtape for which she once again handled all writing and production. The mixtape received praise from outlets such as Complex, Billboard, and was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Billboard in Times Square. Riding the momentum from the release, she announced her first headline tour -an 18-city run across the US that sold out in under 1 week. Now, fresh off the release of her latest project Sleeping With Roses II, she is set to go back out on the road for her first World Tour in Spring of 2019.


G-Flip | Bottom Lounge

G Flip is all in, all the time – the Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, born Georgia Flipo, does nothing by halves. When she auditioned for a gig as a band’s touring drummer, she was told to learn three of their songs; she practiced until her hands blistered and bled, showed up with over twenty songs memorised, and got the job over two dozen men. She was just 19.

As a kid she worshipped her older cousin’s drum kit from afar, too scared to try to play; when her uncle bought her a bright blue kit for her ninth birthday, she cried tears of joy – and the addiction set in instantly. At school she was known as “that drum girl”; from Year 8 on, she spent every spare moment with her drum teacher, Jenny Rose Morrish who was, like her, young, queer and female.

When Jenny died suddenly in her early 30s, it drove a devastated Georgia to go hard after the dreams they’d talked about in those long hours at school: tour the US, be “that drum girl who sings”, make her own music. After a couple of years on a tour bus with the band, somewhere in the desert near El Paso, Texas, she realised she’d taken other people’s music as far as she could. When the band announced a conveniently timed breakup, she headed back to Melbourne and holed herself up in a her suburban sharehouse for all of 2017.

In the afternoons and evenings, Georgia taught drums and piano to kids in order to support herself. But from 9.30am to 4.30pm every day of 2017, she taught herself. How to produce her own songs; how to tease out the melodies she hummed into her iPhone’s voice memo app; how to find her own voice after years of performing other people’s songs. She didn’t go to gigs. She didn’t watch TV. She doesn’t have any hobbies. Nothing by halves.

“I wake up every day and I’m just thinking about this” she says. “I went crazy because I stayed in my bedroom. I’d talk to myself all the time and I talked to my drum kit, like, ‘Hey man! Let’s make some music!’ Because I’m in here with no human contact. I just talked to my drum kit. And then I read this quote that said ‘Create the things you wish existed’. And then I remember sitting on my bed being like, ‘What do I wish existed? I wish my drum kit would talk back to me when I talk to it.'”

Georgia teamed up with a friend to create just that: a round LCD screen for the front of her hand-made kick drum, with the emoji-inspired broken-hearted face that she designed to match her “super emotional” intensity. With a drum pad in place so she can play the kick normally, the screen can pulse colours in response to sound, loop video, or just “talk”, using a microphone wired up to the rigged drum. This is Je Ro Mo, G’s “talking drum kit” – named, naturally, for Jenny Rose, her beloved drum teacher, and “powered” by her memory.

An addictive, bittersweet shard of shimmering pop, GF’s debut single ‘About You’ builds from a dreamy murmur into a cathartic tumble of syllables, luminous layered synths, and her clean, spacious drumming. It was the first track G pieced together – inspired by her “hectic, toxic, cinematic” on-off relationship and recorded in a day in her bedroom studio, the wistful verse and chorus flowing almost instinctively into “a sh**ty mic from Cash Converters”. It’s all her.

So this is G Flip. Honest and unfiltered. With the drive, discipline and determination to be the sort of inspiration she yearned for to a new generation of women. She has 897 voice memos in her phone and counting, full of songs, snippets, melodies and ideas. In 2018, she’s out of her bedroom, and she’s all in.