Gary Go

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Gary Go
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Gary Go performing in Sydney
Background information
Birth name Gary Baker
Born 1981
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
Website www.garygo.tv,

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.[1]

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.

Biography[edit]

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[2] 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.[3]

"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.

Innovation[edit]

Twitter & iPhone[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8] Gary Go is also known for his occasional online cover versions of various popular tracks on YouTube[9] including "Dreams" by TV on the Radio, and "The (After) Life of the Party" by Fall Out Boy.[10]

"My First Twook"[edit]

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!?"[11]

Limited edition copies of the book were given as a gift to artists performing at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2011.

Discography[edit]

Music[edit]

Year Title Notes
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 Wonderful Single
2009 Gary Go Album
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

Film[edit]

Year Title Type Credits
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

Print[edit]

Year Title Type Credits
2011 My First Twook Illustrated book of Gary Go's tweets Author

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