Making Waves in the DMV with April George [Profile Interview]
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, April George is a vocalist, pianist and violinist who now resides in the DMV, the hub that forms D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and is the historic birthplace of funk sub-genre go-go music.
April is one half of the independent duo April+VISTA, along with DMV native producer and engineer Matthew Thompson. Since 2014, they’ve been creating genre-bending R&B with influences from soul and futuristic sounds heard on their debut EP Lanterns released in March 2015 followed by Note To Self which dropped last July.
April is also a major collaborator of rising DMV rapper GoldLink whom she initially met through fellow DMV rapper Ciscero. April arranged the strings on “Palm Trees” and sang background vocals for “Zipporah,” “Dark Skin Woman,” and “New Black” on GoldLink’s second mixtape And After That We Didn’t Talk released in November 2015. She co-wrote the hook and is the featured singer on the follow-up single “Rough Soul” released in January.
Most recently, she worked with GoldLink on his debut album At What Cost which tells the story of his life in the DMV. She’s the featured vocalist on “Parable of the Rich Man,” but also supplied background vocals and arranged two separate vocal ensembles for the first time in her career for “Have You Seen That Girl?,” “Pray Everyday,” “Herside Story” and “Kokamoe Freestyle.”
Since At What Cost’s release in March, the DMV is additionally getting a well-deserved spotlight on its current music community. A renaissance in the scene is bubbling up, and April says she feels honored to be a part of it:
“I’m excited for this chapter and to be part of this wave. I became active in the music scene here in 2014. I haven’t been around too long, but I’m very grateful that this music community has opened its arms and been really warm to me and allowed me to contribute to this wave because it’s allowing me to grow as well.”