Progressive house DJ and 80s pop icon Boy George is set to grace the It’ll Do club stage in Dallas as part of his official four-week North American DJ tour with co-headliner and production partner Marc Vedo on Oct. 19.
The tour will mark the artist’s long awaited return to the United States in seven years, following a misdemeanor charge back in 2006.
While Boy George is busy readying the late-October release of his ninth solo studio album, “This Is What I Do”, the new tour will instead focus on his 25 years of experience as a house DJ, putting his skills to the test considering the ever-changing music landscape and recent EDM explosion in the states.
“What I play is kind of sexy house music. It is really more rooted in the original house music that came from America back in the day,” George said. “My new album is as far away from technology as you can get in a pair of high heels. It’s so far from dance.”
Expanding over just 13 dates, including cities such as Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Boston, the former Culture Club lead singer explains there is something special about Dallas that warranted a stop in the Lone Star state during the highly anticipated tour.
“Dallas has always been very good to me. I came 10 years ago and had a brilliant time,”
“Dallas has always been very good to me. I came 10 years ago and had a brilliant time,” George said.
Spinning at the It’ll Do Club, George and Vedo are eager to showcase a different side of dance and house music, acknowledging the fact things are now very different in the genre. The Dallas crowd should not expect the two to play any of the big names in music right now.
“The club that we are playing at is kind of iconic,”
“The club that we are playing at is kind of iconic,” Vedo said. “When people go they know what to expect. We know that this is going to be a good crowd.” It’ll Do, an East Dallas club has been revamped into one of the city’s latest hot spots.
Fans of the artists should expect “a blend of upfront jackin’ house music with the genre’s deeper, techy sounds” that will leave the party seekers wanting more. While George is experimenting with an eclectic progressive sound, Vedo admits his music taste is much more funky.
“It’s like being back to square one. This trip has been like an experiment for the both of us.”
“People seem to be really into what we have been playing,” George said. “It’s like being back to square one. This trip has been like an experiment for the both of us.”
The collaboration of George and Vedo has been some time in the making, since the two first performed together when Vedo was only 19 years old. The artists have unleashed a number of successful releases, including their chart hit “Sunshine” and have developed a music relationship the two describe as a “DJ love affair made in heaven”.
“We have been planning the tour for quite some time,” Vedo said. “We were waiting for George’s visa to be approved, and when it did, we decided to get the tour started this year. It’s an exciting time for us.”
Since the dramatic change in the dance genre, the rise of European acts including Avicii, Calvin Harris and David Guetta, George has experienced a few changes in his own life. Following a court-ordered community service completion in 2006 and other high-profiled criminal cases, George has stayed out of the public eye, especially in the U.S, but is ready to leave a big smile on everybody’s face with his new passion for music.
“I am very excited about what I’m doing again. I don’t drink and party anymore. I’m sober now. I have a renewed passion about what I do.”
“It is going to be quite emotional for me,” George said. “I am very excited about what I’m doing again. I don’t drink and party anymore. I’m sober now. I have a renewed passion about what I do.”
George said he is in a different place in his life, and not always the tragic soul the media portrays him as. While joking that the best part of touring are the trips to Whole Foods Market, the music icon confesses to loving being back in America.
“When I got through customs I did sort of a happy dance,” George said. “I told Marc, and he may not understand this, but for me, it was a huge deal.”
New names are always shaping the music scene and though he respects the current lineup of talented DJs, he is always looking for something new that others do not have. He does not like compromising with his music, but also not afraid to take needed risks.
“This is what I am about, this is what I play,” George said of his progressive style. “In the future, it is going to be about being an individual. There is a lot of dance music worth celebrating.”
Primarily known for Culture Club hits including “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and having sold over 50 million albums worldwide, Boy George has maintained a strong position at the forefront of the ever-changing industry and was even ranked #90 in DJ Magazine’s Top DJ poll in 2011. The artist’s mind is now set on his current tour and his first album featuring new material in 18 years.
The upcoming album’s first single “King of Everything”, a mid-tempo ballad, is available now. Compared to his DJ sets, there is no connection between the music. According to George, “dance music is a parallel universe to pop music”. It can certainly confuse people.
In addition to their stop in Dallas, George and Vedo are scheduled for another Texas appearance in Austin at Republic Live on Oct. 17.
It’ll Do Club
4322 Elm St, Dallas, TX