Gary Go performing in Sydney
|Birth name||Gary Baker|
|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar, koto, Computer|
|Labels||Decca, Polydor, The Canvas Room, The Whipping Club|
|Associated acts||Benny Benassi, Skrillex, Lady Gaga, Take That, Snow Patrol, Mika, Carina Round, Joseph Arthur|
Gary Baker, known by his stage name Gary Go, is a British singer, songwriter, producer and visual artist who has played shows across Europe, USA and Australia; including tours with Snow Patrol, Lady Gaga, Take That and Mika.
His debut album "Gary Go" was released in 2009, spawning the hit single "Wonderful". The same year, Lady Gaga referred to Gary Go as "my favourite new artist this year" after performing a rendition of "Just Dance", inspired by his cover of the song.
Gary Go went on to collaborate with electro pioneer and Grammy Award winning DJ Benny Benassi, writing and performing three consecutive number 1 club records. One of them being the smash club crossover hit "Cinema", which rose rapidly to number 1 on the US Billboard and UK Club Charts. "Cinema" was awarded a Grammy Award through the remix by electronic music producer Skrillex. Artist and producer Kanye West referred to the track as “one of the greatest works of art ever made”.
In 2012, Gary Go released a videotape and original soundtrack entitled "Now Was Once The Future". The intimate short-film, written, directed and edited by Gary Go, chronicles the end of a relationship and a journey of self-rediscovery.
According to his Twitter feed, Gary Go is currently in the studio, writing and producing new songs for release in 2014.
Gary Go first came to attention in 2007, when his debut EP "So So... Ep" was picked up by a record producer in New Jersey, USA, with whom he later worked on his sophomore EP "The Diary of Rodney Harvey" inspired by the tragic tale of the promising actor. Following this he founded his own independent label and studio called The Canvas Room, based in London, and started writing and recording his debut album. The album was recorded in London, Prague and New York. It was released by Decca Records and promoted during a one-year performing tour.
Gary Go came to national attention in the UK in 2009 when it was announced that he would be the opening support act for the full Take That summer tour, which saw him playing twenty stadium concerts across the UK, including four at Wembley Stadium, within earshot of where he grew up. Tours with Lady Gaga, The Script, and Mika followed, as well as his first promotional tour of the USA, where a special bonus track version of his debut album reached number 3 in the iTunes Pop chart. Additionally, his debut single "Wonderful" was voted 'Best Pop Single of 2009' in the "iTunes (US) Rewind 2009" retrospective.
"Wonderful" caught the attention of Grammy-winning producer Benny Benassi who produced a remix and asked Gary Go to collaborate on his forthcoming record. The result was the smash club crossover hit "Cinema", which Benassi featured on his 2011 album for his "Electroman". The track, which was released by Ultra Records, was written by Gary Go and features his vocals.
"Cinema" rose rapidly to prominence, appearing at number 1 on the US Billboard Dance Airplay Chart and number 1 in the UK Club Chart. It went on to be a Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart and be awarded Gold and Platinum certifications in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. "Cinema" was featured in the soundtrack for the blockbuster video game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Twitter & iPhone
Gary Go has gained publicity and broad international media attention for his innovative, unconventional use of technology and social media tools. He successfully used Twitter as a tool for collaborative songwriting, and has written songs and performed via the iPhone.
The track "The Heart Balloon" was conceived on the iPhone after uploading an image of a heart-shaped balloon entangled with a tree. Go then asked his Twitter followers to send in lyric suggestions. The track was given away as a download to raise money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation with all proceeds going to the charity.
Gary Go also did special performances at Apple Inc. shops in London and New York, where he performed tracks with the iPhone and described how he used it as a composition tool. Gary Go is also known for his occasional online cover versions of various popular tracks on YouTube including "Dreams" by TV on the Radio, and "The (After) Life of the Party" by Fall Out Boy.
"My First Twook"
In December 2011, Gary Go released his literary debut "My First Twook" — an illustrated collection of musings from his Twitter feed.
The book contains over 100 tweeted thoughts from the Twitter feed of Gary Go, that were colourfully brought to life in illustrations by designer Flo Chaplin. In Gary Go's own words: "these are random thoughts, observations, musings. With an analogue heart, I wanted to bring some of these thoughts into the real world. Why not? What if the internet gets deleted!?"
Limited edition copies of the book were given as a gift to artists performing at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2011.
|2013||Through The Walls||Single (Audiovisual Project)|
|2012||Now Was Once The Future||Album (Videotape & Soundtrack)|
|2012||'Last Stand||Single (Collaboration with Monsieur Adi)|
|2011||Cinema||Single (Collaboration with Benny Benassi)|
|2011||Control||Single (Collaboration with Benny Benassi)|
|2011||Close To Me||Single (Collaboration with Benny Benassi)|
|2011||Magic||Single (Collaboration with The Knocks)|
|2009||The Heart Baloon||Song for the British Heart Foundation|
|2009||Napster Live Sessions||Napster exclusive EP|
|2007||The Diary of Rodney Harvey||EP|
|2006||So So... Ep||EP|
|2013||Through The Walls||Audiovisual project||Composer, Writer, Director|
|2012||Now Was Once The Future||Short film||Composer, Writer, Director, Editor|
|2012||Guilty Pleasure||Ruby Rose music video||Writer, Director|
|2011||Cinema||Benny Benassi music video||Composer, Creative Director|
|2011||My First Twook||Illustrated book of Gary Go's tweets||Author|
- 'Lady Gaga Crazy for Go Audio' Skope
- All systems Go for Gary, as unknown singer is chosen to support Take That Daily Mail; 04-02-09; Accessed 05-02-09
- iTunes Picks the Best of 2009 TechHive
- Singer Gary Go makes sweet music with iPhone CNN
- Gary Go solicits lyrics via Twitter Spinnermusic.co.uk; 19-08-09; Accessed 19-08-09
-  The Heart Balloon BHF.org.uk 28-08-09; Accessed 28-08-09
-  Daily Mail
- Superfuture on iPhone This is London article; 19-08-09; Accessed 19-08-09
-  Gary Go Covering Other People's Songs
- https://www.youtube.com/user/theartistgary?blend=2&ob=1 Gary Go Youtube youtube.com; 28-08-09; accessed 28-08-09
-  Gary Go Official Store MY FIRST TWOOK
- Official Gary Go Website
- Official Gary Go Facebook Page
- Official Gary Go Twitter
- Official Gary Go Tumblr