Something Special

Album: Revolve (2015)
Play Video


  • John Newman had this song kicking around for ages and was going to produce it himself before coming up with the idea of getting Calvin Harris on it. He recalled during a Free Radio interview: "I sent it to him and he said 'yeah, yeah I'm up for it,' and the guy's so ram-packed busy and I think he just had a bit of a freak out in terms of I've got so much on and sent a message one day, which was 'I'm not going to be able to do this', so I've taken over and produced it but I think, I mean everything happens for a reason, but I thought it was also beneficial as well because I'd rather produce a track myself and have success with it and do that myself."

    "I feel like what if the track was successful because of his name and not because of the quality of the song writing or the production that I'd taken part in. I'm sure it would've been incredible if he'd touched it - well, it would have been incredible if he'd touched it and it'd be good but I just got a bit freaked out and I didn't want to smash loads of collaborations all over the album and it become a bit like that. I mean, his production skills are ridiculous and that's where it would have been very beneficial."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

Gary Louris of The JayhawksSongwriter Interviews

The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," Kiss

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Adam Young of Owl City

Adam Young of Owl CitySongwriter Interviews

Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.

Narada Michael Walden - "Freeway of Love"

Narada Michael Walden - "Freeway of Love"They're Playing My Song

As a songwriter and producer, Narada had hits with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Starship. But what song does he feel had the greatest impact on his career?

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & TearsSongwriter Interviews

The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.


MetallicaFact or Fiction

Beef with Bon Jovi? An unfortunate Spandex period? See if you can spot the true stories in this Metallica version of Fact or Fiction.