Catching Flies – aka multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ George King – is the very model of a modern musician. He blurs the boundaries between mainstream and underground, and between electronic and “real” music as easily as the biggest and the best. His music is a bass heavy yet melodic mesh of broody electronics and intricate rhythms, containing shades of everything from hip-hop to house, from soul to jazz. He has received radio support from the likes of Giles Peterson, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne & Huw Stephens and press support from the likes of ID Magazine,Clash, The Line of Best Fit, culminating in over 40,000,000 online streams. He took his live show on the road as European tour support for electronic-jazz behemoth Bonobo and has also toured solo performing both live & DJ sets throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, concluding with a sold out live band performance with Submotion Orchestra at the prestigious Barbican Hall. He has also appeared on bills with the likes of Jon Hopkins, Little Dragon, George Fitzgerald, Actress & many more. Summer 2018 saw him perform in the US for the first time, on a ten date (sold out) North America tour with Nightmares On Wax.
It all began in late 2012, when a 22 year-old Catching Flies decided to self-release his first EP, The Stars. The EP’s lead track hit the coveted #1 spot on The Hype Machine (a feat he has gone on to repeat a number of times), and the EP has been downloaded an impressive 50,000 times to date. After the success of this first EP, the young producer uploaded a number of remixes and bootlegs, further carving out his own niche. Another self-released EP soon followed, The Long Journey Home, which has since received millions of plays and BBC Radio attention from the likes of Giles Peterson, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and B Traits.
2016 saw the release of a mini EP, consisting of two instrumental pieces: Komorebi and Mama’s Wisdom. ‘Komorebi’ took Catching Flies to the #1 spot on HypeMachine once again. The track has subsequently been sampled by US Hip-Hop sensation Phora on his debut album ‘Yours Truly Forever’ which went in straight to No.1 on the US Hip Hop Charts. Mama’s Wisdom, originally premiered in Bonobo’s BBC Radio One Essential Mix, turned into one of those ‘what is this?!’ Track ID fiascos – it was then released due to popular demand. Then followed a series of bootlegs –Quiet Nights (which amassed over 1 million plays in 2 weeks) and ‘Change of Hearts,’ a rework of a disco classic, championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne, Julie Adenuga(Beats1) and Mary Anne Hobbs.
Catching Flies is known for his eclectic DJ sets (‘On Deck’ Thump Mix) and 2017 saw him take to the decks far and wide – from Beijing to Mumbai, Singapore to Croatia. He is just as comfortable playing in the club as he is putting together mixes for home-listening, for example his Solid Steel Radio Mix (Ninja Tune) which was awarded runner up in Best Mix of The Year, and a popular mix for ID Magazine (“one of our all time favourites”) entitled ‘The Soundtrack To The Film Of Your Imaginary Life.’ He also has a monthly show on super cool London based Radio station Radar Radio.
After all this initial praise and kudos, you sense that this is only the beginning of something very special indeed.
He is currently working on his debut album to be released in 2019.