George King is a London-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ who began Catching Flies in 2012 with the successful self-release of his EP The Stars. The EP’s lead track hit the coveted #1 spot on The Hype Machine and has been streamed more than five million times.
His work is described as blurring the boundary between mainstream and underground, and between electronic and “real”. He uses a variety of techniques, such as vocal sampling and intricate, layered textures to create atmospheric, melodically-driven, immersive sound environments.
George has received radio support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens. He has also received press support from the likes of iD Magazine, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, generating over 60,000,000 online streams, and has recently hit 1.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify, no mean feat given that he is a truly independent artist in every sense of the word.
Following various remixes, singles and EP’s (The Stars in 2012 and The Long Journey Home in 2013), Catching Flies released his track New Gods in September 2018, collaborating with London’s Jay Prince and Oscar Jerome. New Gods was selected by The Guardian as one of their Hot Tracks and premiered on Complex. He also featured in various Best of the Week playlists from iD Mag, Dummy, Clash, Notion, Apple Music and Amazon Music and received multiple radio plays from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, Nemone and Jamz Supernova. In November of the same year, Satisfied was released alongside a short film about Catching Flies and his creative process, shot on 16mm film. It was premiered on Nowness and received their Pick of the Day.
In 2019, Catching Flies released his debut album Silver Linings, which was followed by Silver Linings Remixed in 2020. 2021 saw the release of the highly textured and deeply melodic single GLY, with remixes from Hot Chip and Ninja Tune’s DJ Boring following later that year. 2022 saw the release of various singles including, Diamonds and Orsay. True Colours and True Colours (Part 2) – featuring Erick the Architect and Lord Apex – followed in 2023.
He released new single Halo – the first from the forthcoming new album Tides, due for release in April 2024.
Catching Flies also performs live and DJs across the world, having previously toured with Bonobo, featuring on Bonobo’s BBC Radio One Essential Mix. He has also toured solo performing both live and DJ sets throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, concluding with a sold out performance with Submotion Orchestra at the Barbican. He has also appeared on bills alongside the likes of Jon Hopkins, Little Dragon, George Fitzgerald, Actress and many more.
As a composer for screen, George has written the music for the BAFTA-nominated video game Sackboy: A Big Adventure as part of Sony PlayStation’s LittleBigPlanet series, and the latest Montblanc Pledge for Sustainability media campaign.