Whenever Hayden James releases a track it’s a moment, a statement, not an idea negligently thrown at the wall – each release is calculated and enduring.
LISTEN TO: Hayden James – Just Friends ft. Boy Matthews
James is a songwriter and producer dedicated to steadily evolving his craft through being unapologetically himself and in-turn gaining fans along the way. A musical family gave him an ear for a good tune, consequently he found himself DJing for 5 nights a week during college, and a childhood spent tinkering with instruments including guitar, sax, keyboards, and bass, so it was only natural that he wound up writing songs and then producing multi-million streaming singles.
His newest single, “Just Friends” arrives on the back of his ARIA Platinum Certified 2017 single “Numb” with GRAACE. It’s earworm music, undeniably catchy and impulsively danceable. James tips his hat to the best of his childhood, growing up on Queen, The Beach Boys, and Prince records laced with classic guitar licks, emotive vocal melodies and structurally sound compositions, all pillars of his greatest work to this day. Boy Matthews spearheads the vocals for “Just Friends”. The rising singer was the voice behind Duke Dumont’s hit single “Ocean Drive” and is now lending his talents to Hayden.
Hayden now finds himself writing from his studio located on the beaches of Sydney, Australia; his bright and charming songs are very clearly a product of his uplifting environment. Hayden’s sporadic output of sunny standalone singles has laid the musical foundations for him to put a bigger body of work out into the world.
“Just Friends” is another chapter in James’ ongoing journey as a producer; its pop tinges and addictive melodies illustrate why he has become such a streaming powerhouse, totalling over 100 million streams on Spotify alone.
Each one of Hayden’s songs act as a small piece of his much larger puzzle. His mission is tell a story through his art – not only audibly, but visually – with a striking live performance and video treatments to match his equally stunning music. He makes songs that he enjoys, and his job is to make listeners as excited about his work as he is.
Summer of 2018 will see Hayden James taking his live show and eclectic DJ sets across the US – with live sets at Electric Forest, Pinknic, Utah’s Bonanza Campout Fest and stops in San Francisco, San Diego, and Denver sprinkled in between.
Stream “Just Friends” feat. Boy Matthews: http://smarturl.it/HJjustfriends
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