Gigi Rich Shows Us How To Celebrate Your Breakup
You’ve probably been to some weird theme parties that require rando dress-up rules or bridal showers where you have to dress in pink like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy a la “Bridesmaids.” But have you ever been to a breakup party?!
You may recognize singer Gigi Rich from Gwen Stefani’s team on The Voice in 2014, but if you don’t know her, she’s basically if Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse had a glamorous red headed daughter with incredible fashion sense and the sharpest of cat eyeliner to envy.
In her new song “Same Kind of Crazy” Gigi touches on those familiar crazed moments we’ve all had while in a relationship. Gigi tell us that the song came from “a personal experience in my life where I was falling for someone who was very similar to me.”
“But as time went on, she said, “the relationship went from hot to cold very fast and I was constantly confused. This relationship ending was really the best thing for me and I knew that, but it still hurt. So I got over it by writing about it.”
The video is more of a short documentary, starting off with a walk down the street where we get to hear a little bit about who Gigi is. We then move into a Gaga-like piano moment — with vocals rivaling that of Lady Gaga herself, where Gigi sings about “toxic lovers” and “heartache” in a more sentimental way. The video then leads us to a radical “breakup party” stabbing cakes, and celebrating singleness with Gigi’s friends.
The tune has an infectious melody with throwback horns a la Amy Winehouse and 60s vibes. Gigi tells us the tune is “about a messed up love, which everyone has gone through. I think as a whole, it touches on real emotions that we’ve all felt.”
Watch the video here, and then read our Q&aA with Gigi below.
The video starts out pretty sentimental, citing ideas about knowing who you are and being confident in your talent — what are some ways that you get over the tiny voices in your head that tell you “you aren’t good enough”?
It’s a long process, or at least for me it is. There are little things I do every day to remind myself that no matter what, I am good enough. It’s very mental. It’s not just eating right and working out. It’s being able to pick yourself up from those low points and continuing on. Even if you’re having a day where you are questioning everything, I just always tell myself that everyone is going through something. It’s not like everyone else is perfect and I’m the only who is not. There are beautiful and talented people in the world, but no one is ME. No one has the exact qualities that I possess. I am the only me in the world, and to embrace that helps me stay confident.
When you worked with Gwen Stefani on “The Voice,” what were some things you learned from her about being confident?
I love how energetic and fun Gwen is on stage. She really spoke about just being free on stage. Not worrying about what you look like, just being loose and feeling the music. People are coming to your show to support and connect with you, and the purpose of the show is to share your music with the world.
What was the inspiration for the video?
I wanted people to get a real sense of who I am as an artist… and that I didn’t just pop up from out of nowhere. It has been a journey that’s lasted for many years, and this is where I am so far. I feel like the experiences I shared in the music video are similar to ones that creative people have all the time, especially new artists.
Have you ever had a girls’ night/friends night celebration when you’ve broken up with someone toxic in your life?
Whenever I’m worrying or stressed, I love to drive aimlessly and blast music with my friends. We’ll stop at 7/11 and pick up some junk food, mostly cookie dough, and talk about anything. I know no matter who comes in and out of my life, when I have times like these, it’s comforting to know I’ll always have my friends to remind me that everything will be okay.
Now tell us about some beauty tips! How do you keep your red hair so red?
Well, I am very lucky because my mom is a colorist, so she helps me keep up with coloring it every 3-4 weeks. I use Joico color intensity, and it’s the best and longest lasting color I’ve ever used on my hair. If you want to be a redhead, use this stuff! Of course I also use redhead specific shampoo and do a lot of conditioning treatments to keep my hair healthy and vibrant with all of the coloring I do.
What are your top three makeup items you can’t live without?
- Eyeliner, because I do my cat eyeliner everyday no matter what.
- Blush because I love doll-like cheeks!
How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?
It honestly changes with my mood. From 15-19 I would only wear black and my worn out converse with 40 pounds of eyeliner. Now I am a lot more experimental. I love 60’s/70s fashion. I love color! I always thought everything would clash with my hair, but as long as I style it correctly, I wear whatever I want. My go to outfit is always black jeans, fitted black top, giant faux fur coat and thigh high boots. Also, a ton of jewelry. I have no problem being over the top.
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