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Review: George Maple @ Fat Controller


Review: George Maple @ Fat Controller

Kate Sansome

On a cold and chilly Sunday night, Fat Controller had the pleasure of hosting the Adelaide leg of producer/singer/songwriter George Maple’s biggest national tour to date.  The ever-talented artist has worked with some of the biggest names in the Australian music scene, known especially for her impressive song writing for artists such as Snakehips, Flight Facilities and Tkay Maidza, just to name a few. After working in the music industry for a few years, 2016 has finally seen her break onto the mainstream stage with her hit single, Sticks and Horses and gaining huge exposure with DJ Snake's remix of her 2014 single, Talk Talk.  It was no surprise that George Maple's live show was going to be jam packed with the same level of energy and attitude that she applies to all musical endeavours.

Local Adelaide DJ, Dancespace got the night started with a set filled with some quality bangers.  UV Boi then took to the decks without an introduction, although it proved to be unfortunate because the majority of the crowd did not even notice the change over and were complaining that he was late to come on.  However, he did keep the crowd dancing as he dropped some Drake, Wave Racer and Jamie XX into his set.  About halfway into his set, he began playing some of his original tracks, with Show You and If She, If He proving to be crowd favourites. UV Boi came down the front and asked people to dance with him as played his huge single, Luv for his final song.

As the house lights went down and room suddenly filled with smoke, George Maple walked on stage wearing a leather leotard and a pink kimono.  Even though Fat Controller is a small, intimate venue, George Maple could have been surrounded by thousands of fans in the way she demanded attention and commanded the stage.  Her whole live show was an experience as her normally produced, electronic tracks were delivered with a drum kit and a bass guitar over track instrumentals.  

The entire crowd went wild as George Maple played her silky smooth single, Sticks And Horses, and her latest release Buried which features What So Not and Rome Fortune.  The set shifted from ambient, soulful tunes to strong, demanding electro tracks to some newer, grungier numbers. She was also joined on stage by Adelaide's own Tkay Maidzawho joined George Maple on a verse of Beyonce's Diva with the crowd screaming along to "Na, na, na, diva is a female version of a huslter," as the two of them danced across the stage.  After performing a stripped back version of Gemini, her collaboration with What So Not, she stunningly finished her set with her 2014 single, Talk Talk.   

George Maple's live performance showcased her incredible talent and vocal ability, as she graciously demanded everyone's attention with her charismatic and powerful stage presence.

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All Images via Rhiannon Williams