John Martin: The voice behind Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ is going solo
Last night, the iconic voice behind Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Tinie Tempah’s biggest chart-topping hits played an exclusive, intimate set at the QT Hotel in Sydney.
The Swedish singer songwriter has decided to cement himself as a solo artist following the success of his collaborations which are nothing short of amazing.
Although his “plan all along” was to go solo, when he showcased some tracks to Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso things snowballed and soon he was flying around the world with the internationally acclaimed group.
Having only stepped into the country 24 hours prior, the Stockholm native did his best to fight through crippling jet lag and was pleased with what Australia had to offer - “no disappointments so far,” he joked.
After a brief introduction, John and his guitarist started playing his first solo track, an “emotional gem” that immediately silenced the room of Universal Music execs and hand-picked media and business partners.
‘Anywhere for You’ started blasting from the speakers as the Swede’s amazing voice reached every ear listening intently. He sung the acoustic rendition of the debut song which will sit on his upcoming solo album set for completion "later this year.”
“I think this was big for you guys in the summer,” John said of the next track that sat comfortably in the ARIA charts as one of the biggest dance hits of 2013.
The stripped down version of Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash’s EDM hit ‘Reload’ sounded incredible, a true testament to John’s musical talent.
“‘Love Louder’ is the next single and it goes like this,” he said before treating us to a rare glimpse of what John Martin as a solo artist has to offer. From what we heard last night, it sounds like his debut album will be just as chart-topping as his many famous collaborators.
For the finale, John introduced the song that kick started his career. “This one took me around the world a couple of times and changed my life,” he said. “It’s called Don’t You Worry Child.”
There was an instant feeling of excitement as soon as he started playing a perfect guitar riff of the electronic tune.
‘Don’t You Worry Child’ peaked at number one in Australia and the UK, sold over two million copies in the US and nabbed a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance Recording.’ John wrote the “very personal” and “beautiful” track and last night it was heard in a stunning acoustic version which brilliantly highlighted his strong, recognisable vocals.
Last night we put a name and a face to the raw vocal talent behind arguably one of the biggest EDM hits ever- and it all started with a list.
Together with his partner Michel Zitron, they started working on tracks in Stockholm back in 2010.
“We started to write a lot of songs together,” he said. “The third song we wrote was ‘Don’t You Worry Child. We made a list of people we dreamt of that we’d like to produce that song.”
As this was around the time Swedish House Mafia were blowing up with their hit ‘One’ they weren’t surprisingly sitting at the top of that list.
“We ran into Sebastian in our studio, we invited him into our room and decided to play him a couple of tracks and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ was one,” he said.
This was just the beginning of what would be a recurring collaboration with the Swedish hit makers, creating iconic tunes like ‘Save the World’ and Sebastian’s solo hit ‘Reload.’
“Things got much bigger than I expected.”