Jonas Blue on that Liam Payne song, touring pressures and not believing in his own album

Jonas has fast become one of pop’s top hitmakers (Picture: Getty Images)

Jonas Blue is probably responsible for some of your favourite pop songs in recent years – from Polaroid with Liam Payne to his cover of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, the is stacking up the hits.

Similar to super-producers like Calvin Harris and David Guetta, Jonas has the knack of singling out collaborators from all corners of music and making it work.

His bouncy, nostalgic track with Liam was released in October and is still hot on the airwaves today.

It was an instant hit and Jonas Blue reveals the exact moment he knew a collaboration with Liam would be gold.

Speaking to exclusively, Jonas Blue said: ‘With Liam, I knew he’d be perfect on Polaroid and I knew he’d get the story across so well.

‘In terms of finding the artist, it’s hard but it comes together at last and you work out which is going to be the right artist to feature on the song.’

Polaroid is the latest in Liam’s collection of solo hits since One Direction split in 2016 and Jonas, real name Guy James Robin, is impressed with the singer’s musical transition.

‘He was in the band when he was about 14, so it’s just something that comes with age that you then develop into a solo artist,’ the producer said.

‘I love what he’s doing at the minute, especially when he came out with Strip That Down, that for me was the eye-opener. I thought, “Right, I know exactly what type of song that I want to get him on”.’

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Polaroid appears on Jonas’ debut album, Blue, released in November 2018.

The album came three years since Jonas’ debut single, Fast Cars.

That’s an age in the fast-paced music industry, so why the long wait?

Liam’s debut solo single Strip That Down made Jonas sit up and take notice (Picture: Getty Awards)

‘I didn’t really believe in the album anymore and I didn’t feel as if I was an album artist,’ Jonas revealed.

‘I like releasing singles because I can get them out there quickly and it’s based on the changes, the sounds that are going on all around the world that I’m hearing and just a whole different bunch of influences which is sometimes hard to get across on an album because it can take a few months or a year to come along.’

Still, Jonas admits finding it ‘a lot harder’ to create singles, which are often difficult to stand out in the ever-crowded pop scene.

He explained: ‘Albums are great but for an artist like me, I don’t think albums are the way to go.

‘People like Sam Smith and Adele, they’re album artists but for me, where I go around the world and sounds are changing so quickly, singles are the best way to get those influences out there and try new things out.

‘I’ve tried to write songs that just make people feel happy and good.’

What more could you ask for?

With their radio-friendly EDM vibes, Jonas’ music is made for the stage.

Loving that summer banger? Yep, Jonas probably made it (Picture: Redferns)

He’s spent much of the past four years out on the road performing a shows around the world, but he’ll be reigning the tour life in a little in 2019.

‘This is my fourth year in now so definitely more so this year, we’ve balanced it out in terms of me being at home in the studio and on the road,’ he said. ‘I think last year, I was on the road pretty much the whole year.

‘It’s quite tough when you’re on the road the whole year. But [in 2019], we’ve managed to find a really good balance.’

As if recording and touring wasn’t busy enough, Jonas has launched his own record label to add to his plate.

The producer said of the exciting venture: ‘I think it’s just about having good ideas and a strong team around you. We have a big team here, part of my management and we all run the ship together.

‘We have the record label and publishing company here. It’s definitely hard work but I think the key is to have a good team for your vision and make it work really.’

After easing into the new year, Jonas has treated fans to a brand new single, What I Like About You, a collaboration with Danish artist Theresa Rex.

Jonas said of the track: ‘It’s such a special song and for me, I lyrically took it back to where Fast Car is in terms of lyrics and song.

‘But what I like about it, is it’s captured the spirit and feel of early love.’

Ah, all the feels.

‘It’s a relationship that turned rebellious and the idea is that this person, this woman goes against the wishes of all her friends and family about being in this relationship. But she does it anyway because of the power of love and the way she feels about this person.’

We’ve all been there.

He added: ‘I think a lot of people have been in that situation before and they can relate to it. But we make a positive.’

What I Like About You is available to stream and buy now.

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