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Music haul Musician Gavin James reveals he has enough songs for 'about 75 albums' after lockdown

The Dubliner's catchy creations have earned him six million monthly listeners on Spotify and clocked up 1.5 billion streams

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Gavin’s new release is out now

Gavin’s new release is out now

Gavin’s new release is out now

Irish superstar Gavin James reveals that he has written so many songs in lockdown his new challenge will be to decide how to release them.

The Dubliner's catchy creations, fuelled by relevant personal themes that instantly connect with the listener, have earned him six million monthly listeners on Spotify and clocked up 1.5 billion streams.

Back with a new track, Sober, the affable singer-songwriter says: "I'll have about 75 albums after this lockdown. All I've done is write songs and play with my dog. I have a few songs coming out after Sober and then we'll follow with the album.

"At the moment, there are so many new songs and I just have to figure out what to do with them. Everything keeps moving. I'm going with whatever works.

"Sober will be a taste of the album and it's going to go to some weird places. It's going to sound very different. I've gotten inspiration from all over, like Daft Punk."

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Gavin reveals that he wrote Sober 18 months ago, and explains: "Sober is a song about being in love with someone and then in the morning they all of a sudden don't love you back. It's pretty much about their sobering reality that you are not for them and you're left alone replaying the relationship in your head ... so you're sad about it and you sing it real loud with a piano."

Helping Gavin achieve his full potential on the track are some A-list collaborators. Production comes from Patrick Pyke Salmy and Ricardo Muñoz, who have been dominating charts across Europe with Zoe Wees' hits Control and Girls Like Us. The track was subsequently mixed by Mitch McCarthy (Olivia Rodrigo, Driver's License).

The 29-year-old songwriter and performer has come a long way from his days as a busker on Grafton Street and playing the pubs in Temple Bar.

"I did pub gigs every night of the week," Gavin told Shuffle. "I was very shy at school and meeting people from all over the world in the pubs gave me a bit of confidence."

Home grown bands such as The Coronas and Kodaline helped him to get established with support slots at their shows in the early stages of his career. "They gave me a leg up and I'm going to do the same for other artists on my tours," he says.

He hit the big time with early favourites such as Always and Nervous and continued to rack up his appeal with recent releases Man on the Moon and Boxes.

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Gavin's talents have been embraced by countless big names as well as his impressing army of fans around the globe. He has played shows with Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, while Jimin of BTS clocked up 256 million likes when he sang along to Nervous on the South Korean streaming service V Live.

Before lockdown, Gavin had played to 250,000 people at his headline shows, including two nights at Dublin's 3Arena.

As we await the return of live music, the busker turned superstar has spent recent weeks sharing footage of some unforgettable moments of his previous shows, with electrifying scenes stretching from the Electric Picnic festival to Brazil, where his music features on local TV soaps.

"My song, Nervous, went to number one in the charts there," he pointed out. "There are 200 million people living in Brazil and 100 million watch the TV shows, so to have your music on them is huge. I've been there twice.

"When I was there last time it was a bit mad. I stand out because I'm tall. I can't hide and I had everybody pulling me over.

"The mentality there is very similar to here. I had a great time down there. Everybody just eats steak and have cocktails all the time. That's all I did there, it was amazing."

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