A member of post punk band Death Bells and founding member of Sydney’s Burning Rose, George Michelle aka Maurice Santiago has been producing a nostalgic blend of 90s industrial, garage and progressive boardering simplistic, but no-less effective.
The sounds of George Michelle has found a notable home with Burning Rose enthusiasts, tradiotianlly dedicated to the raw post punk / new romantic sounds. Their lock-in after parties have become the norm and Burning Rose pack out small rooms with warehouse sounds for musical elite. Having toured the US twice this year (where Death Bells do most of their touring) this audience and culture is swelling to a point where we’ve taken notice.
Questionably elusive, George Michelle has no social media to speak of. However the project was documented by Red Bull in an interview with Burning Rose titled 'Why You Should Know Sydney's Burning Rose Records'. In the interview Santiago mentions his George Michelle project and reflects, "People from punk bands are now making electronica and techno, experimental noise, pop, house and hip hop…fans are fully into it. I think that’s really cool.”
Santiago has been content releasing George Michelle material via Bampcamp in high quality FLAC as well as one-off release on vinyl. His debut LP 'Gang Signs for Outsiders' was manufactured on double cassette in limited quantities and covered by Vice’s NOISEY labelling it "a heavy dose of deep house and garage on the 12 tracks of scattered club music."
Through no direct effort of his own, tastemakers have become acutely aware of George Michelle who’s now picking up the support of Davide Squillace (Desolat, Minus, Cadenza), Yoshitoshi's Miss Nine, and DC-10 resident and Resident Adviser Top 100 DJ Richy Ahmed. In 2018 George Michelle signed with electronic indie label etcetc Music releasing an unapologetic 90s house burner ‘Watchin’ Me’ on 27th July 2018.