“We are working on a new record. We will probably do a greatest hits with five new tracks, and remixes of some classic songs. We can't just put another compilation out, this will be different. We are writing the five new songs, and will do a new album without a label, so that will be interesting.
“Myself and Mikey [Culture Club bass guitarist Mikey Craig] started writing and it's going very well. There's a bit of dance party music in there. I think you have to be what you are – what we won't be trying to do is make a pop record.”
The former Culture Club singer turned DJ George arrived in Phuket on Monday. He is on tour with international DJ Marc Vedo, and the pair fly to Bangkok today to perform together. After that they go on to Australia as part of their Asia/Pacific part of their worldwide tour.
Having sold over 100 million singles and 50 million albums as lead singer and songwriter of Culture Club, George has also been one of the most successful DJs since the late 1970s and continues to be in demand across the globe.
Since early 2010, George has rolled out a slew of new studio releases that include Amazing Grace, Sunshine Into My Life featuring Shalene Hector of Basement Jaxx fame, Brand New and Turn 2 Dust.
Asked whether it was hard for him to shake the hype around his Culture Club past, George said it depended on what country he was in.
“I'm going to Argentina and Mexico, it will be interesting to see if they've got their heads around my deejaying. I go to Italy a lot but for many years they could not accept me as a DJ. Now they don't know me as a singer at all, but it took a long time.
“It depends on how many times I've been to the country since the 80s. When you've been as successful as I was, people hold you in a certain place. I'm not a big fan of nostalgia. I try to say to the fans if you don't like house music don't come to the DJ gigs because you won't enjoy it, and you'll piss me off, by standing there waving at me. It's like go away, wrong decade. I try to be nice to people but if you come to a DJ gig you've got to dance. If I play [Culture Club] I do, but there's no obligation.
“I'm really grateful for everything I have. I wouldn't be here without the rest of Culture Club and what I achieved in the ’80s. I think of myself as a progressive artist. When I do the Culture Club thing next year it will be new music as well. I'm an artist, I'm not someone stuck in the past," he told The Phuket News.
"One of the great things about dance music is that it's kept me progressive, and I'm not going to let anyone take that away from me. I really just try to play what I like, I'm not a juke box DJ."
George said he and Vedo arrived Monday (the pair are touring together) and have been doing “absolutely nothing except eating, relaxing and going to the gym”.
The pair are staying are Sri Panwa, which George described as “beautiful – absolutely”. “I got upgraded to this amazing room with an infinity pool, it is so lovely.”
On Friday he and Vedo (the pair are good friends and George is the godfather to Vedo's child) went out and did some shopping, and ate in a local street food area in Phuket Town.
“I like Phuket, and I really like the Thai people. They are so chilled and so friendly.”
George said he plans to return to Phuket on holiday next year with his family.