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AKA George

The young George Barnett grew up in rural Shropshire. Refusing to attend school he spent his time learning every single musical instrument he could lay his hands on. When he was 14 he won the national Young Drummer of the Year competition. By the time he was 17 he had released his first self-produced album “17 Days” via The Pirate Bay, a pay-what-you-want release that earned him instant Internet royalty status. He was finally crowned King when he released his remaking of “Get Lucky” which garnered rave reviews, 10 million views and saw him being courted by record labels both in the UK and Europe.

In a move worthy of someone far more experienced, George saw warning signs at accepting offers so early in his career. “I knew if I signed at such an early age I would hit a wall further down the line. I wanted to take time to develop and evolve my own style.” It was risky, but nevertheless the young star in the making turned down every offer, stripped YouTube of his jewels and started again.

In 2016 a young AKA George moved from rural Shropshire to live in London and released “First Friday”; a collection of 10 electronic pop songs reflecting the drastic change in his lifestyle. Every track was supported by BBC Introducing and he went on to headline the Silverhayes stage at Glastonbury. During this time also wrote several songs for sync including the bespoke Wiggle campaign in which he also featured.

AKA George is all about big melodies and creative production, which captured the attention of Blue Raincoat Music publisher Emma Kamen.  After turning down offers from major publishing houses, AKA George signed with Blue Raincoat last year and remains the company’s biggest signing to date

AKA George continues to go from strength to strength. As well as writing and producing for numerous artists (including Zak Abel and Kelli-Leigh) his recent track Something Bout The Music, his first collaboration with Swedish star producer/writers, Tobtok and Oliver Nelson is gaining 20,000 streams per day.

His recent release, “Stone Cold Classic”, written, produced and performed by George and mixed by Grammy nominated producer Dan Lancaster (5SOS, Bring Me The Horizon, Lower Than Atlantic, Don Broco) is a clever blend of electronic and organic sounds and has tipped 10 million streams on Spotify alone.

His remixed version, Stone Cold Classic 3000, was selected amongst hundreds of other songs for the latest Skoda global campaign. Mixed by Shane Shanahan (Kanye, Sampha).

In keeping with his independent style and lust for independence, AKA George has shied away from signing a record deal. Until recently when he was approached by AntiFragile, the revolutionary new business model of long time music mogul Tom Sarig (Lou Reed, Twin Atlantic, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182). Excited by AKA George’s incredible stage presence, superlative production and huge melodies, he saw a global star for the future. Says George, “I had been talking to other more conventional labels but it just wasn’t a fit. Tom’s business model is forward thinking. He understands modern artists and he really gets how today’s industry works. I loved the way he talked on a podcast I heard, and when we met over Skype for the first time I knew I wanted to work with him.“ AKA George signed to the prestigious Indie label in NYC in June 2019.

 

“It’s like Trent Reznor and Pharell had a music baby and called it AKA George.”

Peggy From Earth, Sofar Sounds

 

“LIKE WATCHING A STADIUM HEADLINER. AKA George is the shit.”

Nic Kelly, Project U

 

“AKA George never ceases to amaze with his reckless, passionate, inspiring stage presence. He storms the barriers between eccentric, bold and outrageous in a way that is buoyantly reflective of everything we love in great showmen of the past and everything glorious about the fearlessness of today’s best young artists.  He is one song away from superstardom.”

Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

 

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