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superstar DJ Shane Codd on how he wrote a chart-topping hit in his bedroom


A YOUNG Irish DJ is set for major league stardom thanks to a track he created in his bedroom during lockdown early last year.

Shane Codd, originally from Dublin and now living in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, was inundated with offers from 10 major record labels in Britain after he uploaded the song, Get Out My Head, to his Soundcloud.

The 24-year-old dance wizard eventually signed a recording contract with Polydor and a management deal with Hard Livings, the guys behind Jax Jones.

Get Out My Head entered the Top 10 of the Irish charts this weekend, making him one of the highest charting Irish DJs in a long time.

"To think I made the song in my bedroom in March or April, and it has got to the point now where it's in the charts and it has gone into Europe just blows me away," Shane tells Shuffle.

"For me, it's good that at least something positive has come out of Covid. The inspiration behind Get Out My Head is that I wanted to get the idea of Covid and the stress of it out of your head, and for people to get that message, which thankfully they did.

"I got a lot of messages from people saying, 'you just helped me through lockdown, this is putting me into a good vibe, it makes me think about going to a nightclub or a festival and dancing again,' and that's what I wanted. So thank God it sat with people."

After uploading it to Soundcloud, Shane went off on a 'staycation' - and while on holiday his mobile phone started lighting up with calls. Get Out My Head had become a viral sensation and would go on to clock up 6.6 million streams!

"I was in Clare visiting the Cliffs of Moher with mam and my sister when I started getting a load of calls from English numbers," he recalls. "The coverage was shocking, so I had to tell them, 'Lads, I'm going to have to call you when I get home in a few days because I can't hear you.' They probably thought I was putting them off. It turned out to be all the major labels in the UK calling me."

Shane had been studying business and Irish at DCU, which he has now put on hold.

"From the day I started the course it was never for me," he says. "I just didn't know what to do. I always wanted to do music as my job and I had it going on in the background while I was in college.

"I was teaching myself how to make music for the past few years, and self-releasing music online. I was DJ-ing, doing small gigs here and there, anywhere I could, and promoting myself trying to be an artist.

"I wouldn't have ever stopped, but with the lockdown coming in I had more time to focus. I had nothing else to do because I couldn't leave the house."

In between lockdowns, Shane shot a video in London for Get Out My Head with his record label, and he says it was only then he realised that he was now in the major league.

"Going over to London, having a film crew around you and people taking behind-the-scenes footage of you was exciting. It made it feel real because other than that you are just in your bedroom in Cavan," he points out.

Shane, whose influences include Avicii, and dance music from the 1990s and early Noughties "that my mam would have been listening to" reckons that at the age of 24 he has the maturity to cope with success.

"I like to think I'm mature enough," he says. "If it happened at a really young age you'd probably lose your head quick enough."

"I'll keep working hard now and, hopefully, become one of the biggest DJs to come out of Ireland."

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