Though there are a fair few who know Boy George primarily as the singer in seminal, soul-tinged pop outfit Culture Club, he’s also been notching up achievements as a DJ for well over two decades. 2014 saw him gain further success and found George arrive at a stage where he knows precisely what he wants to achieve behind the decks.
“I’ve gone back to playing what I like, no compromise. The audience should not dictate the art-form. I like bass and vocals. Anyone who has a fear of melody is just limited technically... I’m genre-phobic — a tune is a tune is a tune.”
Release-wise, George has been recording material both with rising artists (including a collaboration with vocalist K@t and up-and-coming house producer Vanilla Ace) and established names (Hot Since 82), as well as working on another Culture Club album.
There have also been plenty of shows in the mix, including sets at Camp Bestival, Hotel Shanghai in Germany and Café Mambo in Ibiza, with Duke Dumont. “All the small venues have been superb,” says George.
Overall, 2014 seems to have been a great one for George, and as ever, he’s not afraid to speak his mind about the things that matter to him. “I get to do the things I love almost every day, so I’m pretty happy. It’s a very furtive time for creativity and a lot of people are trying to reinvent the wheel in dance music, but someone needs to remove the wheels from the EDM scene.”