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rising star Irish DJ Shane Codd: 'I can't believe a song I made in my bedroom last year is competing in the charts with Drake and Justin Bieber'

DJ Shane Codd tells of how he hasn't been able to experience love from fans since hitting the big time with his new track, Get Out My Head.


Shane’s track has hit more than 50 million streams.

Shane’s track has hit more than 50 million streams.

Shane’s track has hit more than 50 million streams.

He's Ireland's hottest new music star, but DJ Shane Codd says he hasn't been able to experience the love from fans since hitting the big time with his infectious debut track, Get Out My Head.

While the song has been sitting in the UK Top 10 since mid-January, 24-year-old Shane has been holed up at his mother's home in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, due to the lockdown.

Shane, who is now being pitched by major artists to spin his magic on their tracks - he has just done remixes for Ellie Goulding, Anne-Marie and Becky Hill - reveals that the only response he's witnessed has been in the local shop and at his teacher mum's online classes.

"My mam is a teacher in an all-girls secondary school in Cavan, and when she's been teaching on Zoom they often ask, 'Is Shane there?' So, sometimes I have to go down and say 'hello', and that's brilliant. My mam would say, 'Go on, just say hello to them for a second.' When she's in school they're asking her when the next song is going to be out.

"People in the local shop who I wouldn't normally get talking to have been coming over and congratulating me. But there's no chance of success going to my head. I'm 24 now, and I think if you were young a lot of things might go to your head a lot more."

With his career taking off in a year when he's been restricted by the pandemic, Shane, who has already notched up more than 50 million streams with Get Out My Head, admits that it hasn't always been plain sailing for him.

"There were days when I've felt the pressure of it on me, but I have a good team around me," he says. "I'm also in the comfort of my own home, so my mam is there to chat to as well."

Shane, who is originally from Dublin, hit the jackpot with Get Out My Head when he uploaded the song to Soundcloud. Ten record labels quickly pitched him to sign up with them, and the DJ eventually opted for Polydor in the UK.

He also signed a management deal with Hard Livings, whose roster includes Jax Jones.

"To think that I made the song in my bedroom in March or April last year and it's been in competition in the charts with lads like Drake and Justin Bieber is amazing. I remember at one point I jumped ahead of Justin Bieber.

"I'm blown away that major artists like Ellie Goulding are now coming to me and asking me to remix their songs. It's unreal that I'm remixing Ellie Goulding's track here in my bedroom in Bailieborough.

"I can't wait to get out and do live shows. I'll be on the decks and I'm learning the piano at the minute, so hopefully I'll bring that in. If I have any singers on my songs they might come on. We'll have a big light show and I'll be looking to bring in a lot of older music, classic dance that would have inspired me."

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