Gaia Golden Brown is an island honey with many talents, but she is probably most well known for her music. There is definitely something about her, and not in the obvious ways like her eccentric hairstyle and fabulous figure—no, it’s something deeper and beyond description, a sort of potency juxtaposed a casual way. And like most musicians, this personal vibrancy is stirred into her every song and sound.
Gaia was creative as a child, she was always seeking an outlet for emotion. She found her way to music, through building rhythm and sounds and especially through writing lyrics. “I love writing. For me writing is my therapy, without it I don’t think I’d be sane. I let out a lot of emotion and what I wish could be when I write.” Gaia has learned to cope with and process challenges, as well as make positive use of sadness and depression through her songs and lyrics. “My favorite part of writing a song is singing it again, performing it for people. Every time I sing certain songs it feels like I’m back in the exact moment I wrote it. I really like the feeling of 'feeling' whether it is happy for sad, I want to feel something.” As a result, her music serves as an ode to her life experience as a young woman finding her way through life in beautiful Hawai'i. She also finds inspiration in the lives of loved ones.
The product of all of this is a collection of tempo-pop grooves and soft ballads; a style and skill that she admits has developed over time. “It has taken me several years to get to the point where I am comfortable and confident with my style. A lot of working with other producers and song writers. Over time, I’ve realized that at this moment I am the only person who can create the sound and style that I like.”
Gaia doesn’t shy away from being genuine and stripped for the sake of music. “My music is very sexual, my image is very sexual. What I put out to the world is my sex life/love life and I am 100 percent okay with it.” Although she feels free to express herself, the flip-side of this is that what she puts out as an artist may be perceived as the entirety of her personality, even though it only represents a very specific part of her experiences. She finds this especially challenging as she has enters a time in her life where she desires an established and committed partnership.
“I am not a slutty person, I think that having sex with someone is very special. But as much as I think that, I also feel that writing about something that makes you feel good/sexy/special isn’t a bad thing. I am just trying to find love just as much as everyone else and if I would have found that person when I was 20, I’d be happy. But just because I haven’t, I don’t think that it is anyone’s business to judge me for still looking for it.”
Gaia breaks down some of her favorite songs from her recent EP, which reflects specific relationships that have influenced her in different ways.
Bad Boy is about a boy I can’t seem to stay away from enough though as that time I knew that I was one of the many girls he was sleeping with, I just loved being with him so much that all the bad stuff didn’t matter to me.
Wacha Gonna Do? Is very straight forward about a boy who would text me at midnight asking me “What are you doing” after awhile it just became a game to me, like, could you be a little creative or something.
Touchy Feely about a UFC fighter whose fighting name is Touchy Fili. The moment he told me that’s what his name was, I was like, “I’m gonna write a song about you.”
Lost in Paradise He was just fun! We had so many adventures together. Whenever no one wanted to be adventurous he was the one I’d call.
My favorite song I have written is called “Island”
It is kind of a love letter to a boy I met (who doesn’t live here) and fell for very quickly. I was in a really emotionally bad place in my life when I met him, he gave me back home I would find someone who cared about me and loved me for me. One night, I asked if he could be anything other than a human what would he be. He said “I could be an island because they don’t need anyone.” I said “I would be a cloud.”
The day he left, I wrote that song about what it would be like if he was my island and I was his cloud. I was crying thinking I would never find someone as amazing as him but also because he had really freed me from all the sadness that I had been holding on to the months prior. So, Island is my thank you/love letter to that boy. “Take me where the wind will blow me past the mounts will you hold me, the only one to wipe my tears away.”
Its impossible to not be impressed with this wahine and her beautiful and bold artistic style. Thank you, Gaia, for sharing a bit about your music. Stay beautiful and true to your creative voice. We love seeing you in all your collective endeavors.
As for our readers, they can enjoy Gaia’s music here.