So everyone has been on a craze after Daft Punk’s release of ‘Get Lucky’ and the numerous remixes, arrangements and covers that have been circulating the web. Well, as many of you know, this one was probably the breakout cover/arrangement from 19 year old musician and singer/songwriter, George Barnett that signaled an artist spotlight to us on this British artist.
But before we provide the brilliant cover arrangements, let’s go back to 2008. Barnett’s dream of a drummer soon became much clearer. That year, he won the UK National title Young Drummer Of The Year. But something about writing music gravitated Barnett to the wide variety of styles his voice embraces. In September of 2010, Barnett released Sierra Planes, his first original EP.
However, there was something about his videos that really caught my eye. There are a ton of great videographers and artists out there that blend single-track video shots into that ‘one man band’ arrangement. But Barnett’s subtle vocals, falsetto, and use of acoustic elements really gave the online world something to smile about.
The first video I’m featuring today is George Barnett’s cover of Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools (Drank). Featuring smooth vocals, bass, guitar, drums, and various other percussion elements, Barnett crafts a track that brings about a casual-chill night element that many people can relate too.
We do save the best for last. This breakout performance from Barnett captured an online audience looking for a unique arrangement to the Daft Punk single. Daft Punk’s brilliant marketing team carefully placed billboards across the world after a stunning signing with Columbia Records. This incredible duo has led many people throughout the world to take a shot at remixing and arranging this signature track from Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams. So we are here. George Barnett’s journey from winning drum awards to performing live, and now at the center of the Daily Beat spotlight, has brought us here today. Enjoy this incredible cover of ‘Get Lucky,’ the first single off of Random Access Memories set to release on May 17th.