Arriving on the scene with the unshakeable new single Miss You (released via Glassnote Records) James Hersey has quickly racked up over 2.5 million streams on the track in less than a month. The singles success is now set to sky rocket even further with a poignant piano-led remix from electronic soul duo HONNE, available to stream today.
HONNE explains, “This remix came so easy. As soon as we heard James vocal we came up with that gentle rhythmic piano part that runs throughout. Something that never ceases to amaze us is how new chord sequences can add to or shift the sentiment of lyrics, and we really enjoyed playing with that for this.”
Co-produced by James alongside Ed Sheeran collaborator Will Hicks and mixed by Stephen Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Disclosure, Kwabs, Mary J. Blige), the track is a spacious, captivating future classic, with nods to the dance world. Its also deeply personal, dealing with the idea of connections between people. James talent for songs that will strike a chord with anyone whos ever experienced heightened emotions, i.e. everyone, is strikingly evident.
“I wrote and produced the first draft of Miss You in two virtually sleepless days and nights. Three days later I was on a plane to England to cut (and finish writing) what is now my debut single”, James explains. “It was like windsurfing, when you catch the right gust at the right moment and you’re catapulted forward by this incredible, invisible force. That’s what it feels like to write music you love. “
Despite Miss You forming Herseys debut single, his voice is one many listeners will be familiar with. Coming Over, Hersey’s delicate, summer-tinged ode to delayed desires, is a song that took on a whole new life in the dance arena. Initially remixed by Filous (26m Spotify streams and counting), it’s since been subtly reworked by Kygo & Dillon Francis (a staggering 74m Spotify streams and counting). Its success has led to dance legend Tiesto offering up a remix and Hersey touring Europe with Kygo himself.
Now based in Berlin but born and raised in Austria’s capital Vienna, Hersey’s childhood was filled with music. Guitar lessons were augmented by impromptu family music concerts. The house also reverberated to the sounds of Bob Marley, Grateful Dead and, in the mid-nineties, hip-hop. For Hersey himself, Michael Jackson was King.
Happy to explore musical genres, utilizing that grounding in folk, pop, and rock from a young age, Hersey’s songs work in different musical contexts because at the core of them lies classic songwriting. Crucially, the thread throughout is always Hersey himself.