Australian DJ, songwriter and record producer from Sydney Hayden James takes us on a ride with his new single “Hold Tight” from his upcoming album “Lifted” out April 8 via Future Classic
The new single “Hold Tight” from Hayden James opens with uplifting, classic house chords surrounded by a mirage of swelling synths, the emphatic vocals take centre stage throughout an energetic rush of piano stabs and pulsating bass-line grooves. Hayden masters all the elements of the bop through his inspired lyricism, portraying a message of hope and a call out for his fans to get back to what they love doing and hold on to that special someone.
About Hayden James – Hold Tight
On the track, Hayden shares: “This is a big summertime piano house record that took a while to perfect but once it was done I knew it would fit the vibe of the album perfectly. I also really love the meaning of the song, which is about two people who are drifting away at moments but come back to realize what’s important. I like people to figure out songs themselves, I don’t like to go ‘this is what this song is specifically about’, because there’s so many different meanings that people take away, so many different lessons from different songs. But this one, it feels like such a strong call to hang in there, and get back to what you love doing or back to that person you love and just hold tight.”
Infusing the same emotions felt during his live shows into every moment on the project, Hayden created something that would translate euphorically from headphones to the stage, as lockdowns ease and crowds build once again. The record features special guests Boo Seeka, Jem Cooke, SIDEPIECE, and more, plus Hayden’s last single of 2021, “Waiting for Nothing” feat. YAEGER.
Exuberating positivity through his lush production, vocal textures, and consistently energetic dance cuts, LIFTED is the product of hours of collaboration, emotion, and expanding his enduring legacy in dance music.
Over his latest release like Hayden James something about you, ‘Waiting For Nothing’ Featuring Yaeger, ‘Rather Be With You’ and many others, Hayden has reached millions of streams and fans around the world.
Hayden says about his upcoming album: “LIFTED was born out of the yearning for some light and positivity after a tough last few years for everyone. As I started writing the album, I kept coming back to the idea of creating something energetic and live and super uplifting that could bring people together again. I began working on the album late 2020 and used all the time off I had from touring to make something special because I knew the return to live music would be epic, a major vibe. The result is a huge emotional, energetic dance record, with elements of piano-house, melodic house, and a positive tone and feel that can be found across all tracks. When I write an album, everything has a place and a purpose, and it’s all part of the bigger story. I’m so happy with the journey of this album.”
He’s been remixed by major acts including ODESZA, Dom Dolla, andhim, and LP Giobbi; collaborated with the likes of Icona Pop, Boy Matthews, Gorgon City, Nat Dunn, GRAACE, and Crooked Colours; and remixed for dance music giants RÜFÜS DU SOL, Dillon Francis, Bronson, Duke Dumont and more.
Hayden will return to the US for a slot at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, before embarking on his own headline North American tour across May and June.
Providing a much-needed breath of fresh air for 2022, revel in the exciting new chapter from one of Australia’s most prolific dance artists, as Hayden hurls full throttle towards his sophomore album this April.