Martin Garrix has enlisted Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis for the former’s latest commercial dance release, “Used To Love.” The pair spent a few weeks together in Amsterdam last summer, getting the crux of the track together.
“Used To Love” is vocal-led by Lewis’s impassioned vocals, while Garrix foregoes a heavy electronic emphasis, trading it in for a subtle production backdrop accented with acoustics. Instead he favors an energy-building violin line and acoustic elements that create a simplistic framework for Lewis’s vocals to shine through and serve as the centerpiece of the song.
Lewis spoke on collaborating with Garrix and how it has opened his mind to the idea of collaborations:
“Since my career began, collaborations never felt like something I saw myself pursuing. As a song writer, who also sings, the entire concept just felt foreign. Until I met Martin. We spent about a week together locked behind closed doors in Amsterdam working on a song, which thought might end up be sung by someone else. But as the track progressed is started to sound a lot like me, but also very Martin. It’s a real collaboration with a guy who’s now become a great friend.”
“Used To Love” is out now on Garrix’s own STMPD RCRDS.