You know Geminis are all about the non-stop Growth right now, yes? It’s awesome to behold – here’s one example of an Ultra-Gemini, working her Jupiter through Gemini transit (till June) brilliantly.
I’m Fiora and I’m a Gemini, singer and songwriter. I studied classical voice but obsessively loved pop music, I also played violin and I write orchestral music. Fitting into one vocation even just in the world of music was not really possible for me; I get bored very easily and I love it all. Gemini to the core.
I love working with totally different people who are equally amazing in different ways. I am a half Malaysian Australian from Tasmania living in Berlin who speaks a bit of French and not enough German who loves to hip hop dance and sings opera. I write pop songs for other people, sing a lot with dj/producers, write orchestral soundtrack music and am now developing my first proper solo record for myself. The magic of words in a musical flow is definitely a huge part of my life and it was always a dream of mine to be part of a creative community surrounded by inspiring people I respect and love. This – and the one and only Mystic Medusa – brings me to my next paragraph..
After the double shitstorm of Saturn Return with Pluto opposite my Gemini Sun, I knew I would never be the same. There really was no other choice. Making music by myself just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I was missing my Piscean piano playing best friend who had left to Berlin 5 years earlier when he wrote me to say he’d discovered an international Lieder competition (classical voice and piano random yet totally our thang) being staged in Berlin. We entered and got in the final. The next thing I knew I was in a city where it snows.
Of course the competition was excruciatingly boring and we didn’t get through the first round but Berlin is a multiverse. The week it was over I hooked up with a dance producer who had used one of my ‘toplines’ (singing with lyrics) for a track he had released and made into a bit of an underground hit.
Producer led to record label a ‘n’ r, (the dudes that ‘develop’ artists at record labels) a n r led to publishing companies, publishing companies led to more producers and songwriting which has finally led to my own album deal. Berlin unfolded. In a matter of months I had met more people than I could remember, signed to Universal publishing as a mainstream pop songwriter and was also working with producers from every end of the electronic music spectrum. I started making sense of what Gemini can mean beyond easily bored and distracted. The bringing together of disparate parts to make something weirdly cohesive.
From my experience, the community feeling in Berlin is unparalleled. People are social they go out every night and they go out late. Built for 8 million but inhabited by only 4 million there is plenty of space for creativity. Despite its continual growth, it is still cheaper for me to rent an apartment there than it would have cost me in Tasmania. Because of that there is a constant flow of international creatives that land there to develop their thing. It isn’t a financially wealthy city but rich in optimism and creativity and maybe as a result of the scars of its past it cherishes freedom.
Berlin is spread out and it’s industrial. But what she lacks in aesthetics she makes up for in people and possibilities. Every year my life evolves – deeper, more creative, more authentically my own. Four years on and I’m still not bored. We ride bikes in the Summer, have snow fights in Winter and all year round there is music-music-music.
Every possibility exists in this city if you want it you can create it. Over the years I found my people and worked my way up to now spend my days with some of the most exciting and inspiring producers in electronic/pop music in the world. Though it was hard to make sense of for so long – ingesting all those different corners of music has set me up for a very interesting process developing my own stuff. My plan is to bring all those awesome creatives together – mash them up musically in ways they wouldn’t normally do on their own. Never….ever… boring… that’s fatal for a Gemini.
Last year, one stop out of the center of town, I found a magical apartment in the only building on the street that survived the second world war. Six months later my Piscean pianist bestie moved across the garden and we have a tin can telephone that connects our apartments. We’re building studios and a gym in the rooms underneath and other amazing musician friends are moving in. Fellow Zap Zoner Mysticalites – if you want it, grab it – follow that feeling, coz the truth is – in the Zap Zone you really can have it all.
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