Irish DJ and record producer Shane Codd has well and truly gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, following on from the immense success of his breakthrough single' 'Get Out My Head,' which charted within the Top 10 in both Ireland and the UK, at the beginning of 2021 and has been streamed over one hundred million times on Spotify.
With his new single, 'Feels So Good' recently released and a host of headline shows for the remainder of this year, big things lie in store for the multi-talented artist.
We had the opportunity to speak with him about his new single, which to date, has received almost ten million streams on Spotify alone, his plans for next year and more. Keep reading to check out what he had to say!
You have recently released your new single, 'Feels So Good.' What has it been like for you to get new music out into the world?
"The month before I put out a new song, I get so nervous, wondering how it will go. When I put it out, I'm like: 'Oh, thank God! It's out now!' You work on it yourself for so long. You've heard it a million times. By the time you go to put it out, you forget how much you love it. I love putting out music, but it's quite a nerve-wracking thing as well! I'm working on so many new bits, so I always try to get good music out! I'm excited as well to be putting out music!"
How did the track come together?
"We started this song in a session. I wrote this song with Mike Kintish, who is a song-writer who works with the likes of Becky Hill and a couple of other big artists, and Bryn Christopher, who is the singer on the track. We set up a session. We'd never actually met before that day. We got in and had a chat. We were talking about festivals and the vibes at festivals, and then we came out with this tune. We wanted to make a track that had a festival vibe! We started playing with the words: 'Feels So Good.' Bryn started singing the lead lyric in it. We made the demo on the day. I was working on the track for two - three months after that. I think we started the track in February, and now it's out!"
The music that you release is very upbeat and catchy. When you are in the studio, are you thinking ahead to performing live?
"For me, definitely. I want to make music that I want to play out as well. The first gig I did was at a university festival in Amsterdam and I played this song out over there. I immediately got that festival vibe. Everyone was reacting to it, and they didn't even know it! I definitely do focus on stuff that I can play out - 100%!"
You have been performing a host of gigs around the UK and Ireland. Are you enjoying being back out on the road performing live?
"I waited for so long because of COVID, so I'm happy to be out now and playing! It's my dream to be doing this, so I keep going!"
With your live performances comes an incredible buzz, looking out from the stage to see people have an incredible time. Do you get nervous before a performance?
"Every time! I get so nervous, but after two or three songs, I relax. It happens every time!"
Going back to your roots initially, how did you first discover your love for music?
"I remember that my Mum and Dad were really big into 90's dance music at the time in Dublin. They played those songs around the house. I remember my Dad actually had a set of vinyl decks. I loved the music that they were playing. I was watching videos of Tomorrowland all the time! I started learning how to make music and DJ'ing at small gigs. When I released 'Get Out My Head,' it became my career!"
As a producer, you no doubt receive a multitude of tracks. How do you choose what tracks to work on?
"I prefer to work on a song myself in the studio or else I'll take an idea from an old sample or something like that. When somebody sends you a song, it feels a bit weird, because you haven't worked on it. I definitely like to be in the session on the day. I think a lot of people are like that as well!"
You have already achieved so much within your career to date, but if you were to pick one highlight, what would it be?
"The American tour was a big one. I'm so happy to be going to these places. The Jingle Bell Ball was another big one. Playing on the same line-up as Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber was mental!"
Thinking ahead to next year, are there any plans that you can tell us about?
"I'm working on doing my own tour in the UK and Ireland. I have so many tunes that I'm so excited to get out. I'm looking forward to branching out next year. New music and gigs is all I'm thinking about!"
Finally, do you have a message for everyone who supports you?
"Thank you so much! What I have always wanted to do is now possible because people are supporting my music. I'm so grateful!"
Shane Codd's new single 'Feels So Good' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster