Hamburg indeed is playing quite a significant role considering the career of GoGo Penguin. While the British trio was playing Überjazz-Festival at Kampnagel back in 2014, a certain Don Was attended the gig. The American is regarded one of the most influential producers in pop music. Since 2011 he is a board member of Blue Note, which is one of the most important jazz labels of music history since the 50ies. Nowadays artists like Norah Jones and Van Morrison are releasing there – and since last year GoGo Penguin, too. "Man Made Object", the third album by the Manchester outfit, came out in 2016, giving the band their next boost of attention.
"Actually we're no jazz band. We do electronic music on acoustic instruments", states pianist Illingworth about the group's concept. In 2012 the three ex-students of music, including drummer Rob Turner and bassist Nick Blacka, ran into each other to walk together on new musical paths. GoGo Penguin create their compositions using computer programs and loop stations. But on stage they transfer these sounds to their acoustic instruments. On February 9th their next album "A Humdrum Star" will be released – of course on Blue Note.