Georgie & Joe

Georgie & Joe are an artist-producer duo based in East London, making intelligent, impossibly catchy pop music. The pair, who both write,  produce, and sing across all their songs, burst onto the scene with debut single ‘Student’, a UKG inspired pop song which garnered support from The Fader, Notion, Clash Mag, Gorilla v Bear, Line of Best Fit, and many others catapulting them to the top of Hype Machine, and earning multiple spins on BBC Radio 1 supported by Jack Saunders – Future Artists, Jaguar – BBC Introducing Radio 1 Dance and Jess Iszatt – BBC introducing. 

Georgie originally hails from Norwich, and grew up hearing melodic alternative rock bands like R.E.M. from her dad, but it’s the emotionally forthright songwriting that she discovered as she got older (Bright Eyes, Eels, and Elliott Smith) that most inform her lyrics today. She was eventually turned on to electronic production after hearing Grimes: “I saw a video of Grimes where she said, ‘This is the first synth I got.’ And I thought, that’s the first synth I’ll get,” Georgie says. Joe, on the other hand, was raised in Hackney. He had a classic pop upbringing of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, and played disco and funk as a drummer, but a customary teenage infatuation with Radiohead and Kid A eventually led him to electronic music. The pair  initially began making and releasing music together in 2019 as 0171, garnering plenty of press attention and racking up millions of Spotify streams. 

Today, Georgie & Joe cite 1980s Japanese ambient artists like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Haruomi Hosono, and the wider Yellow Magic Orchestra extended universe as influential on their sound – particularly the way these artists used high-tech, digital synths in their work. Georgie & Joe use similarly synthetic sounds in their songs, having been drawn to the Yamaha DX7 (a synthesiser beloved by ’80s pop musicians for its glossy and artificial sound) when they started the project. “It felt new – like it didn’t have any kind of pre-existing meaning for what sort of song we should write,” says Georgie. Joe adds: “It creates sounds that are like shit versions of real instruments. There’s something really evocative about a sound that is slightly wrong.”

 

PRESS FOR GEORGIE & JOE

“Euphoric, acidic, bassy, glitchy, amazing pop music!” – Jess Iszatt, BBC Introducing

 “It’s unpredictable as it is refreshing” – The Fader

“Frisky, tongue-in-cheek and deliciously fun” – CLASH MAG