Ditching his previous ‘AKA George’ moniker, London based George Barnett returns under his full title and freshly signed to AntiFragile Music with the four track EP, Make It Rain.
Known for his slick and seductive alt-pop, George’s charisma takes centre stage in these new tracks, all of which were created throughout the unfamiliar territory of the UK lockdown.
In celebration of Make It Rain, George talked us through his love for music and the connections it creates.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
My name is George. I have dark curly hair. I am 6 foot 5. I grew up in the countryside and I didn’t go to school. I moved to London a few years ago. I’ve been making music all my life.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I just fucking love music, and I know that’s not cool to say, but ever since I was a kid I just knew I’d be doing this forever. Never played video games, never liked football, didn’t have a TV. I just spent all my time listening to records and playing instruments. For a while I thought I was going to be a drummer... but when I was recording my first song I just couldn’t wait for someone else to sing on it, so I did that too. I’m not great at anything in particular, but it just works.
What would you say is the main source of influence behind your new EP?
The main influence behind this EP is infatuation. The title song is about being attracted to someone against your will, and being frustrated about that. With I Want You and Parasite things only get darker. The original title for this EP was A New Kind Of Twisted.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through your music?
In normal life I’m a steady person. Nothing bothers me too much and I don’t get derailed easily. With music, all of that goes out of the window. I become illogical and unreasonable. Music is a therapeutic process for me, and I’ve learned I’m much more emotional than I think I am.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Not everyone’s opinion is valid. Some people just like the sound of their own voice.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists at the moment?
Beabadoobee. I like the 90s vibe in her songs. She’s scrappy, nothing is perfect... and that’s what I feel is missing from a lot of music today. Also there’s a couple of guys called joan... very shimmery, emotional pop. I like them too.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Cocaine, hookers and a shit ton of money. Only joking; probably just a good bunch of friends, an awesome light show and a chance to connect with like minded people. I don’t really know what to say about riders... I don’t drink or do drugs anymore, I prefer people.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I wish Tony Soprano was playing one of my songs in his car, right before he had a panic attack. That’s the kind of music I make.. Tony-core.
What’s the bucket list goal for you? Where do you want to be in your career in a year’s time?
This year taught me that we have no control over anything. I’m already doing what I love... If I’m still doing it in a year’s time, perfect. I might be dead. I don’t really buy into the idea of bucket lists. Life is good right now.