Australian producer and DJ GEM has released her stunning new single, “Ruins“, furthering her journey of self-discovery and authenticity. The dreamy track serves as a lesson in healing, taken from GEM’s new EP, Healing Feelings, out next Friday, September 30th. The single is accompanied by a live video featuring Martin Estrada (Selena Gomez, Macy Gray, Gashi, Say Grace, Snoop Dog) on guitar. Watch it now below.
Speaking on the song and upcoming EP, GEM said, “I wanted the EP to reintroduce myself, starting with the parts that I hide the most. The story begins with Ruins. I was holding on so tightly to an idea that didn’t exist anymore – once I let that relationship shatter, the breakthrough begun and the healing started. I wanted the EP to start in mess, tangled, unsure, inching your way into the day as we all sometimes do and slowly, step by step, track by track find that voice, that inner knowing that sets you right again. I made a very deliberate decision to connect all the pieces of myself and make whole, regardless how popular that may or may not be”.
She continues, “Truth be told, this wasn’t the EP I started to make. Or the one I was supposed to make. I felt myself being pulled towards a very conscious creation process. I started producing my own spiritual music and decided that I would blend wellness benefits into the mix so it was more than just another song in the background. I wanted to produce a project that would remind you on a deep level that there are better days ahead, that you can stop and start again at any moment and that you can manifest a healthy beautiful life – not something that would win me awards with the cool kids and I to make peace with that inside my heart. I was told New Age music was boring and that no one would listen, I was told that positivity was lame and people wouldn’t connect with it. That I should dig deeper past just things I love. That music should express pain. But how can I dig past love? Isn’t love the very reason for existing?”.
Embracing life’s highs, lows and everything in between, ultimately emerging with tales of insecurity, sex, the divine feminine and being the architect of all of your best days still to come, Healing Feelings wholeheartedly encapsulates its transformative moniker, merging clever and calm downtempo-meets-new-age beauty alongside polished production, splashes of neo soul and a significant lack of ego throughout the charming six tracks. And while undeniably flexing the scintillating creative know-how that has seen GEM snag millions of streams to date on Spotify so far alone as she continues to build into one of Australia’s most illustrious musical exports, the undeniable root behind Healing Feelings is an inescapable and genuine peace as much as it is a window into GEM’s own healing, as she explains, “I wanted to use the EP to openly talk about insecurities and not owning your ideas and how I’d been tip toeing and circling around my truest dream, as if shrinking and unthinking it was somehow safe keeping. I wanted a dreamy, inspiring musical blend, with empowering words and authentic messages. I longed for the music to carry you into the sunrise and just sit there, amongst all the beauty quietly complementing the colours of dawn. The theme is healing your feelings, cleansing and starting afresh. Wherever you may be on your journey”.