Gecko is a North London based artist, his playful lyrics cover the big things in life; think iPhones, Libraries & Guanabana fruit juice to name but a few.
Gecko has previously appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC London & the Edinburgh Fringe.
In November 2017 he launched his debut album 'Volcano' with a sold out London show, a session with John Kennedy on Radio X and a tour of Sofar Sounds shows across the UK and the Netherlands. It was made 'Album of the year' in the Morning Star.
He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Robin Ince, Josie Long, John Hegley & Billy Bragg.
'It made me instantly happy when I heard it'
BBC Radio 1
'Guaranteed to put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces...an absolute favourite'
BBC London Introducing
'I do hope you like that as much as I do it just completely charmed me, we had a stack of the usual 150-200 records coming in that week, lots of bands sounding like other bands past and present pounding out of the speakers and then that came on...I think he's quite brilliant'
BBC 6 Music
'By a country mile, though, my album of 2017 is Volcano by Gecko...It’s a sumptuous feast of lovely melodies and cascades of sweet and clever words, superficially often seemingly inconsequential but with serious undertones.
Favourites are iPhone, Therefore I Am (“If you’re alone and out in public for longer than you’ve planned/Take your phone out of your pocket and just stare into your hand”), Library (about going to the library, sounds naff, is spectacular), End of the World (sung by an insect, the only survivor after we’ve destroyed the planet, sounds grim, is totally beautiful) and the title track, in which a bear waking from hibernation is compared to a man waking from a coma...It’s a lovely record.... Buy it!'
The Morning Star
'Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare...what sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.'
Broadway Baby (Edinburgh Fringe 2016)
'An amazingly talented act - funny and, musically, incredibly adept. This is a show I can't wait to see!'
Abandoman (Rob Broderick)
'Gecko might just be my fringe highlight so far. If i ever don't know what to do this time of day I try and sneak in because i love it so much. Intelligent lyrics, playful songs, deadpan skits inbetween and a whole lot of heart.'
World Poetry Slam Champion
'Will has strong-song skill'
'Gecko is sharp as hell, his tunes are killers, his words amuse and provoke in equal measure: he knows his history. Generation-crossing stuff'
Attila the Stockbroker
'His lyrics are fantastic, his energy catchy and his voice compelling.'
'Clever, charming and quick, Gecko combines observational lyrics with a bit of cheeky guitar playing. Guaranteed to make you smile.'
Lisa Mead, Apples & Snakes
'Finding himself a favourite on the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, Gecko's show has evolved into a polished delivery of meaningful social commentary through cheeky storytelling and wit. His friendly and confident performance assists in the cheerful absurdity of the chirpy story-telling and amusing anecdotes. Presented with a dead-pan approach, finished with a pinch of sarcastic wit and received by waves of raucous laughter, Gecko’s sharp writing skills have been perfected by years of endless shows, writing and touring.'
Nitelife Magazine, Bristol
'Next up was the awesome Gecko. Dead pan as you get, his performance weaved into the absurd and out to the enlightened. Poking fun at global politics and attitudes, he used storytelling, musicality and lyricism to whack grins on faces all around the room. 10/10'
Left Lion (review of 'A Lizard Goes a Long Way' on tour in Nottingham Feb 2017)
'His playfully dry humour had the audience mesmerised; many people got to their feet to deliver rampant applause at the end of his act.'
Westonsupermum.com (review of 'A Lizard Goes a Long Way' on tour in Bristol Feb 2017)
'Hilariously sarcastic songs with some pretty serious undertones; Gecko is using his music to say something'
'A particular highlight is the work of Gecko, who walks the line between poetry and song like a modern-day bard, with his sweetly funny but somehow emotionally resonant lyrics.'
TVBomb.co.uk (Edinburgh Fringe 2016)