The Norwegian DJ collaborates with the frontman of rock group Kodaline for an empowering new single titled ‘Never Surrender’.
Pairing Matoma’s uplifting sonic elements with the melancholic vocals of Steve Garrigan, ‘Never Surrender’ is pop dance tune that features classic piano house keys, twisted trumpets, and 80’s synth stabs.
The song, written during lockdown, was inspired by both artists’ life experiences. Garrigan explains,
“This is a song about bullying and anxiety, believing in yourself and never giving up on who you are.”
Matoma also adds,
“After graduating high school and dreaming of who and what I would become, it was always to follow my love for music and make a living from it in some way. I ended up choosing something safer than music and joining the military, because frankly I was too scared to embrace my dream. But dreams have a way of not letting go, and I ended up dedicating my life that path that has now led me here. ‘Never Surrender’ is my interpretation of this journey – to never give up on something you strongly want no matter what others – or your own fears – say you can or can’t do.”
Matoma’s latest track follows last month’s ‘Summer Feeling’ with vocalist Jonah Kagen and last year’s ‘Good Vibes’ with English singer HRVY.
From starting out as a bedroom producer to becoming one of the dance music’s biggest starts, Matoma has collaborated with the likes of Dua Lipa, Jason Derulo, The Vamps, and Snoop Dogg.
His music has gained over two billion streams, thanks to his irresistible melodies, relatable lyrics and use of live instruments.