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Darin — Can’t Stay Away

With over 400 million streams on Spotify alone and seven No. 1 albums in his home country, Sweden’s king of pop Darin has returned with his first English song in seven years, “Can’t Stay Away.”

Written with and produced by the hitmaker behind Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s banger “Rain On Me,” BURNS, and co-written with Jamie Hartman, who also penned Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Giant,” this song was always destined for great things.

The uplifting, disco-inspired bop marks the beginning of a new chapter for Darin. Last summer, he came out as gay on Instagram and admits he feels more free than ever. While working on his forthcoming LP, Darin is ready to give listeners more of his truth like he’s never done before. If “Can’t Stay Away” is for you, then you’ll be glad to hear more is on the way.

EUPHORIA. got the chance to chat to Darin ahead of the single’s release, where he told us all about the song and his plans for the rest of this era.

What inspired your new single “Can’t Stay Away?” 

It’s about falling in love during the pandemic. Like, what do you do when all you want is to be close to someone and you’re not allowed to?

Is a music video in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?

Yes, we just filmed it and it will be released very soon. It’s colorful, chic, queer, and there’s quite a lot of dancing. It’s just a sexy and playful vibe. It felt liberating for me to shoot the video. I noticed how much freer I felt in the way I expressed myself compared to before, and that makes me happy and excited. Hopefully, that energy will spread to others when they hear and see it.

This is your first English single in seven years. What made you want to drop a song that wasn’t in Swedish? Did anything inspire you or had you been thinking about it for some time?

I have been writing for the English album for some time now but timing-wise it just felt right to release the first single now. The decision was quite spontaneous even if I’ve been planning to do it for a long time.

Can fans expect the album anytime soon?

Yes, you can. I’m writing for it at the moment. Most of my songwriting sessions are with one of my favorite songwriters, Jamie Hartman, via Zoom. So right now, we write the songs on Zoom, I record the vocals in Stockholm, and send them to him.

Who is currently influencing your music?

Anything that sounds happy and uplifting, so lots of ’70s music and disco – everything from Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album through to Jamiroquai to ’80s/’90s Madonna. It’s like a mix of different pop styles — and I love pop music.

How has the ongoing pandemic helped/changed your creative process?

It has definitely shaped me a lot both as a person and as an artist. My creativity has taken a positive turn. This feels so much like the person I really am and that makes me so excited to share with people.

Congratulations on coming out! Lyrically, has your music changed since coming out as gay?

Thank you so much! Well, I think it’s flirtier and I’m not as shy lyric-wise. It has definitely had an effect on the music as well. It’s a style I haven’t tried yet and it feels like I’ve found a place that I enjoy being in music-wise.

What are you hoping listeners will take away from the new music?

With my new song “Can’t Stay Away,” I hope it makes people focus on the good things in their lives, things to look forward to, and I really hope it makes them forget about this past year that has been difficult for most of us, even if it’s just for a while. Music and dancing are the best prescriptions for happiness.

Has the huge commercial success you’ve achieved over the years put any added pressure on yourself to maintain that?

I’m very driven overall because I love this so much. I’m blessed to have had lots of success in Sweden over the years and sometimes I’ve felt like I’ve had to compete with myself. But this time, it feels different. After coming out, I’m in such a different place in my life with the new music and style, I don’t compare it too much to what I’ve done before. And in many ways, I feel like a brand new artist doing this for the very first time.