Australian singer George Maple – real name Jessica Higgs – opted for a pseudonym and anonymity when she started making soul-inspired electronic music in 2013.
She’s now signed to Future Classic [home of Chet Faker] and sold out her first-ever headline show in Los Angeles. She wooed crowds at Coachella in Palm Springs in April and has been asked to make the Spotify list.
She’s one part soul, two parts electronica and there’s plenty of anticipation surrounding a debut album release.
Watch: George Maple – Talk Talk
What’s the buzz?
Her debut EP
Vacant Space, recorded between London, Los Angeles and Sydney and released last October, debuted at number three on the Australian iTunes album charts. It features the single Talk, Talk and Where You End And I Begin [starring Philadelphian rapper GrandeMarshall].
She sold out a headline show at The Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles this year and played with the Broods at a sold-out New York show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
In the beginning …
George made her dream come true by following her heart. She packed her bags and moved to London at 22, worked as a ghostwriter and collaborated with musicians. She wowed audiences at SXSW and CMJ and toured Australia a few months ago – her first as George Maple. She discovered music through her parents’ record collection – Sade, Jeff Buckley and Etta James and, at 16, got into R&B.
She’s all about bridging the gap between pop music and electronic production.
The big break …
Meeting Nathan McLay, the founder of indie record company Future Classic, who she ran into a few years ago at Field Day music festival. He casually asked her to sign to his label, which is also home to most of her friends. The label is often described as a global power broker for Australian electronic music.
Where to now?
In December she’s heading for Rottnest Island, where she’ll be playing Hotel Rottnest.
The best part about success?
“The people and the music. They make it
all worthwhile,” she says. “I’m ready for anything now. It’s exciting to know anything can happen.”
If I could do it all again …
“I don’t think I’d change a thing,” she says.
See George Maple live:
George is appearing at the Lost Paradise festival in Glenworth Valley between 29-31 Dec and Beyond the Valley Between 29 Dec 2015 – 1 Jan 2016.