Karol G portrays a seductress, daring her love interest to approach her. But for Tiësto, "Don't Be Shy" is a more universal call to action. "During the pandemic, everybody isolated themselves from everything and everybody," he told Billboard
. "Nobody talks to each other anymore - nobody greets each other on the street. In the clubs even, you don't really talk to each other because you're scared... 'Don't Be Shy' is a message for people to come back together in the future when everything is safe. Don't be shy, talk to each other, hug each other."