Georgie & Joe sign to Beggars Music

We’re so excited to announce that up-and-coming East London artist-producer duo Georgie & Joe have signed to Beggars Music.The announcement comes as the pair release their hotly anticipated second single ‘Nobody Will Love You’,  an unapologetically supercharged track which they describe as “oozing summer euphoria.” It follows their 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 & Joe are both multi-instrumentalists and producers, who write,  produce, and sing across their songs – both in their previous incarnation as 0171 and now. 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. 

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.”