Gary Go

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Gary Go
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Gary Go performing in Sydney
Background information
Origin London, United Kingdom
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Synths, Guitar, iPhone
Labels Decca, Polydor, The Canvas Room, The Whipping Club
Associated acts Rihanna, 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 or GARYGO, is an award-winning, multi-platinum-selling songwriter, record producer, composer and multimedia artist.

As a solo artist, Gary Go has played shows across Europe, USA and Asia; including tours with Lady Gaga, Benni Benassi, Snow Patrol, 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 "Now Was Once The Future", a videotape and original soundtrack. 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 2015. "Crying Sound" was released January 2015 via a lyric video on YouTube, under the moniker "GARYGO". Gary's personal phone number was featured in the video, inviting viewers to call him with the answer to the question "What stops your crying sound?". The song was premiered by Jay-Z's editorial magazine Life + Times.

Biography[edit]

Gary Go first came to attention in 2007, when his debut "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]

Selected Music Credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Type Credit Notes
2015 Towards The Sun Rihanna Single Writer, Producer Soundtrack for Dreamworks movie "Home"
2015 Let In The Sun Take That Single Writer Platinum Award Winning Album "lll"
2014 Into The Wild Take That Album track Writer Platinum Award Winning Album "lll"
2014 Crying Sound GARYGO Single Writer, Producer
2014 Not This Time The 2 Bears Single Writer
2014 Boom Laleh Single Writer
2013 Wasted Light Ronan Keating Single Writer UK Top 5 Album "Fires"
2013 Let My People Go Matt Redman Single Writer Grammy Nominated Album "Your Grace Finds Me"
2013 Through The Walls Gary Go Single (Audiovisual Project) Writer
2012 Now Was Once The Future Gary Go Album (Videotape & Soundtrack) Writer, Producer
2012 Last Stand Monsieur Adi ft. Gary Go Single Writer
2011 Cinema Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go Skrillex Remix Single Writer Grammy Award Winning
2011 Cinema Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go Single Writer Platinum Award Winning, US Top 40, 200 weeks on Billboard Dance Chart
2011 Control Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go Single Writer UK #1 Club Chart
2011 Close To Me Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go Single Writer UK #1 Club Chart
2011 Magic The Knocks ft. Gary Go Single Writer, Producer
2010 The Word Is Love Lulu Single Writer, Producer
2010 It's Not Right Katharine McPhee Single Writer
2009 Backseat Carina Round Single Writer
2009 Wonderful Gary Go Single Writer, Producer UK Top 20, US Top 40, Italy #1, US iTunes "Pop Song Of The Year"
2009 Gary Go Gary Go Album Writer, Producer UK Top 20, US iTunes Top 10
2009 The Heart Balloon Gary Go Song for the British Heart Foundation Writer
2009 Napster Live Sessions Gary Go Napster exclusive EP Writer
2007 Oh! What A Girl! Simply Red Single Writer
2007 The Diary of Rodney Harvey Gary Go EP Writer, Producer
2006 ''Nuclear Daydream'' Joseph Arthur Album Producer
2006 Four On The Floor Juliette Lewis Album Additional production
2006 So So... Ep Gary Go EP Writer, Producer

Selected Film Credits[edit]

Year Title Type Credits
2014 Cinema ft. Carina Round Short film Composer, Writer
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
2007 Reflections Of A Skyline Short film Composer

Selected Print Credits[edit]

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

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