Declan J Donovan

FRESH: ‘I Wish’ – Declan J Donovan

Declan J Donovan releases “I Wish”.

by Christopher Smith

Declan J Donovan’s bittersweet brand new single “I Wish” is out now on Polydor Records. A tender, piano-led ballad, the song follows the rising songwriter’s rousing snapshot of a burgeoning romance, “Vienna”. Speaking about the new single, Donovan reveals, “’I Wish’ is a song about not being able to fall in love with someone. Despite them being the perfect person in your eyes, you never could fall for them”.

“Vienna” has now garnered nearly 3.5 million combined streams and views since its release earlier this summer. Hailed as one of the Best New Pop tracks for June by BBC Radio 1, the captivating piano ballad was an apt introduction to the 22-year-old’s powerful sound, a mix of epic melodies and soulful intimacy. “I Wish” similarly showcases his talent for weaving stories through his music. “I love talking to people and seeing how their mind works”, he says, “seeing what they’re going through and getting perspectives on how people think. A lot of my songs are other people’s stories”.

Becoming a musician didn’t seem like a viable career option for Donovan as he was growing up in Harlow. But after hearing Ed Sheeran through the music and culture site SBTV, and then discovering artists such as Bon Iver, Matt Corby and City & Colour, he felt compelled to start writing his own songs. The first track he ever wrote, “Fallen So Young”, created especially for his brother’s wedding, was a huge success when he uploaded it to Soundcloud, getting a million plays within six months. In the wake of that triumph, he self-funded three tours around the UK and Europe, eventually landing a record deal at Epic Records in Germany, where major labels caught word of this unsigned troubadour from England playing to sold-out crowds who knew the words to every song.

He was one of the only unsigned acts to play BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend last year, appearing alongside Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and more, and has spent seven weeks at Number One on the European Border Breakers airplay chart, as well as a Top 20 in the European Airplay chart. In Germany, he’s already on the way to becoming a star: he’s had a Top 10 hit and more than 25k radio plays, Top 10 in the Shazam charts and received more than 10 million streams of his single Pieces on all platforms. He’s already played his own sold-out headline shows and is confirmed for several radio festivals in Germany in 2019. Next, he wants to replicate the triumph he’s achieved abroad in the UK. “I want to carry on the momentum”, he says.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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