George Barnett (musician born 1993)

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George Barnett
Birth name George John Barnett
Born (1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 21)
Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Genres Pop rock, rock, alternative rock, funk, baroque pop, R&B, indie pop
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, singer, songwriter
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, clavinet, trumpet, harmonica, Akai MPC-2000
Years active 2008–present

George Barnett (born 11 December 1993 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England) is a British recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He writes, plays and performs his own compositions and is known for his recordings in which he plays many instruments and produces himself.[1]

Early life[edit]

George Barnett was born in Rugby, Warwickshire on 11 December 1993. He was home educated by his mother, after he had attended primary school. He began to learn the piano and drums at an early age and later progressed to other instruments. In 2003, he moved to Herefordshire, England, where he was educated at home. He won the UK National Young Drummer of the Year competition in 2008 – aged fourteen, he was the youngest winner ever to have entered.[2]

Music career[edit]

2009–12: Career beginnings, Sierra Planes, 17 Days and Where The Devil Sleeps[edit]

Barnett plays most instruments on his songs, as well as being the sole writer. This way of working stemmed from when he began recording for his first EP Sierra Planes (2010) and he couldn't find local musicians interested in playing with him.

17 Days, his first mixtape, was uploaded onto The Pirate Bay in March 2012.[3] It was a compiled collection of songs released throughout 2011 as part of a series in which he would write, record and release one song every seventeen days.[4] The mixtape was successful among file-sharing forums, and Barnett received praise for his approach regarding the Open Music Model marketing of the tape and the eclectic mix of material.[5] The following December, Barnett released a new song entitled "Where The Devil Sleeps". The song highlighted an increased baroque and rock influence, with a string orchestra and guitars featuring heavily. The song was released as an EP on Bandcamp a few days later, with alternative versions of "Lone Rose" and "17 Days" (formally released on the 17 Days mixtape).[6]

2013–present: The Red Tape, Animal Keeper and 3 Statues[edit]

In September 2013, Barnett released The Red Tape as a free download from his website.[7] This marked the first time he had employed sampling in his own work, utilising elements from the soundtrack to the 2012 movie Beasts of the Southern Wild and spoken word excerpts from The Perks of Being A Wallflower.[8]

In September and October 2013, Barnett went on tour with fellow singer-songwriters Frank Hamilton and Orla Gartland. At the same time he finished his third EP, mixing in hotel rooms as the tour progressed. 18 UK dates were played, followed by a sold out show at Les Trois Baudets, Paris.[9] Soon after, a new song "Animal Keeper" debuted on BBC Radio 1,[10] and the Animal Keeper EP was released.[11] All songwriting and production was by Barnett.

Barnett spent the first half of 2014 touring with his live band, and in March a new song called "3 Statues" was released. A video series also began on his YouTube channel, called "The George Barnett Diaries". The series will continue for 10 episodes, following Barnett as he tours Europe and writes & records new songs at his Herefordshire home.

When Barnett performs live, he is supported by other musicians.[12]


Extended plays[edit]

  • Sierra Planes – EP (2010)
  • Where The Devil Sleeps – EP (2012)
  • Animal Keeper – EP (2013)


  • 17 Days – Mixtape (2012)
  • The Red Tape – Mixtape (2013)


Aside from his music, George Barnett is also known for his self-produced videos.[13]

He has directed past videos himself, including "College Kids" & "Silent Sound" from Sierra Planes, "Lone Rose", "Bewitched" and "Cassi" from 17 Days, and "Where The Devil Sleeps". The video for "Animal Keeper" premiered on Ryan Seacrest's website on 22 September 2013.[14]

Barnett has also recorded cover versions, playing all the instruments and singing, including Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools (Drank), Daft Punk's Get Lucky, and Lana Del Rey's Ride. All three were included on The Red Tape.[15]


  1. ^ "Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky': No. 1 in 55 Countries". The Wall Street Journal. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "George Barnett from Bircher enjoys musical success". Ludlow Advertiser. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "James Poling". Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "17 Days Promo". Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "James Poling". Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Where The Devil Sleeps EP on Bandcamp – tracklisting". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sunset in the Rearview – "The Red Tape" review". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sunset in the Rearview – "The Red Tape" review". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Les Trois Baudets, MAMA Event, Paris". Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "BBC Introducing Blog". Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ George Barnett Official Twitter Status. 24 October 2013 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Lowdown". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Daily Beat". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Ryan Seacrest site. 24 October 2013 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Retrieved 14 September 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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