Debuting a brand new artistic project, Just Super is responsible for the genre he calls “emo jazz,” a fever dream of indie, progressive R&B, pop, jazz, and emo. His debut single, “Not Me!” is intentionally whimsical, telling the story of an oblivious clown who lives with an impunity to worldly problems, at least in the artist’s opinion.
Just Super is the frenzied alter ego of Geo Botelho, a Massachusetts truck driver and preschool teacher turned tortured artist, now based in Los Angeles. After years of playing in punk bands in high school, Just Super went on to leave the family excavation business to pursue a career in music by attending Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Music Production & Engineering, along with an infinite love of jazz and an infinite pit of debt. He began releasing music under the moniker GEO in 2017, a mostly instrumental-based project where he explored his creativity as a producer and songwriter. His own projects aside, as an engineer, he has worked with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, MUNA, AlunaGeorge (kind of), Eric Nam, Zoe Wees, and Katie Gavin. When he’s not touring, he is reading Vonnegut or reminiscing about the one time he met The Rock.
This producer, bass player, engineer, and singer/songwriter is excited for you to get to know him and to bring you into his frenetic brain with his debut record Not Much, But All I Think About. Speaking more about his debut single, he shares,
Not Me! is the soundtrack to my own little movie of immunity and imperviousness of which I am the main character. I had every intention of this song outlining how victimized I had felt in a previous relationship, the first line I wrote was the chorus; “That sh– only happens to other people.” When I sat down to write the verse after hearing the chorus so many times, the only thing I could write down was “boo hoo wah wah wah, so sad for you.” Not Me! quickly turned into a way for me to gain perspective on my life and to honor the person that I am now, one who has grown from hardships, learning gratitude, and can do his best to acknowledge his privilege.
With a desire to normalize jazz, Just Super quickly turns what may start off sounding like a melancholy string solo into a funky, jazz-infused instrumental that sets the stage for the fun and light-hearted nature of the song’s lyrics. An infectious deep bassline makes it difficult to not dance along to the catchy chorus. The mood remains light throughout the verses, with bird chirps filling in the backdrop to what may, at times, seem like nonsensical lyrics, but every word has intention within this track. Just Super recounts several key moments in his life, all presented in an airy mood, and it’s almost too easy to imagine this track smoothly laid underneath a fun cartoon portrayal of the outlined incidents. “Not Me!” is a grand reintroduction to the artist that is Geo Botelho, and it will definitely be interesting to see what he has up his sleeve next.