Interview: George Maple
Recapping on our chat with Australia's finest, George Maple...
George Maple came into MTV at the close of 2014. Standing in the foyer, with hair like Cleopatra and an air of definite mystery, she turned up on her own, without ceremony or entourage.
She’d been making ANZAC biscuits for Annie Mac, it turned out. “I’m staying in an Air BnB, so I went out to buy groceries and cook”. No hotel booking, no crazy rider requests, she told us “I try and stay in apartments wherever I can, I like to try and be normal”.
The singer and producer is affectionately known as “The First Lady Of Future Classic”, and Australian record that’s pretty much a HQ of every exciting name coming from the country at the moment.
Her label mates/real mates include Chet Faker and Flume, artists who have long been collecting transatlantic kudos for the sound that makes Australia seem like it shouldn’t be on the other side of the world.
George, an ex journalism student, is adamant that she “tried to get rid” of the learning that would have seen her become the interviewer, not the interviewee. “I think it’s [journalism] has helped with my analytical skills. I’ll write something naturally, and then go back and edit it”.
Throwing it all in to “focus 100% of my brain on writing”, she’s since been a child of the world, sticking to London for a time before allowing herself to be carried from country to country for a matter of months at a time.
Born Jessica Higgs, George Maple was adopted as a dark “alter ego”, a version of herself that could release the tracks that have grabbed the attention of the likes of Annie Mac.
The Mac seal of approval, notorious for giving under the radar artists the wings to rise above the threshold, saw George Maple ending the year with a slot on Annie’s the Annie Mac Presents end of year showcase, sharing a line up with London electro hip hop trio, Hawk House.
Starting 2015 with a debut EP in her arsenal and the backing of major tastemakers and hype machines, George Maple is continuing to globe trot her way through future pop sound scapes. We can’t wait until she’s back in the UK.