Stunning in every way, John Galea has quite possibly released his most addicting single yet, titled “Don’t Wanna Die” featuring Ironik, this track delves into his real-life story of consistently being in love with the wrong person. He’s enlisted late ’00s iconic rapper, Ironik, to feature on this track. As well as that, he has dropped a brilliant accompanying music video that effortlessly tells his story. “Don’t Wanna Die” is the follow-up to John Galea’s single “Trailblazer” and Ironik’s EP “Home”.
John Galea, an award-winning independent singer-songwriter, has been making significant strides in the music industry since his debut in 2011. Hailing from Great Yarmouth, his journey began as a young musician, crafting songs from the age of 13. Little did he know that his talent would lead him to collaborate with renowned producers such as Beluga Heights, The Monarch, and Frankmusic. Throughout his career, John Galea’s versatility has been on display, as he effortlessly navigates various genres, from pop to soul, with his own unique touch. His music has resonated with audiences worldwide, evident in the success of his five independent EPs, including “The Scrapbook EP” and “Missing Pages”. Notably, his single “When You Truly Love Someone” hit the Top 10 in the Commercial Charts in 2017, cementing his presence in the commercial realm. Beyond his solo work, John Galea has also lent his songwriting skills to other artists, resulting in impressive collaborations and sync placements on US TV. With a string of notable performances, including supporting McFly on tour and gracing the stages of prominent pride events and festivals, John Galea has proven himself as a captivating live performer. He is currently gearing up to release his upcoming EP, titled “The Art Of Collaboration”, in which “Don’t Wanna Die” acts as the lead single.
As for Ironik, real name James Christian Charters, is a talented British musician, DJ, and rapper who has made a significant impact on the urban music scene in the UK. Hailing from London, Ironik’s musical journey began at the age of 13 when he started DJing at his uncle’s TwiceasNice parties. This early exposure fueled his passion for music, and by the age of 16, he was already producing for various artists. His talent caught the attention of the Asylum label, a division of Atlantic/Warner Bros., leading to his signing at the young age of 20. Ironik’s rise to fame began with his breakthrough hit, “Stay with Me”, which remarkably sampled Westlife’s “Written in the Stars”. The track resonated with audiences, reaching an impressive number five spot on the UK charts. Inspired by UK grime artists and US hip-hop stars, Ironik’s debut album, “No Point in Wasting Tears”, dropped in 2008, showcasing his diverse influences and musical style. He further established himself with the chart-topping hit “Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)”, which heavily sampled the Elton John song and earned the legendary musician a feature on the track alongside Chipmunk. Over the years, Ironik has earned accolades and nominations, including Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards and Best Male Music in Film at the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards. With his talent, versatility, and unique musical vision, Ironik continues to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact on the industry.
Talking about this track, John Galea said: “’Don’t Wanna Die’ is about being addicted to a love that isn’t right for you and you find it hard to let go of. Again this is a very personal song written about a past relationship I was stuck in, like a habit I couldn’t break.”
Watch the official music video to “Don’t Wanna Die” by John Galea featuring Ironik here:
Written by James Christian Charters and John Galea, with John Galea, Oscar Lo Brutto, and Biggs acting as producers, “Don’t Wanna Die” is an addicting, upbeat pop song that is fuelled by John Galea’s incredible emotional vocals, Ironik’s undoubtedly strong rap, and the catchy melody. Impressing from the very first few seconds, John Galea conveys a story of toxic love, of wanting to be with someone who clearly isn’t good for him. As a hugely confident bisexual man, John Galea makes this track even more important by dropping it during LGBTQ+ Pride month. His flawless vocal runs and emotional integrity, really allow this song to get inside of us, whilst the lyrics are easily relatable to many in the community. The track also has a slight late ’00s feel to it and so getting Ironik to feature on this track is definitely a highlight, with his rap linking in with the narrative with an epic line paying homage to his “Tiny Dancer” hit single. “Don’t Wanna Die” is an epic single from John Galea featuring Ironik, and one we will be listening to, on repeat, as we’re addicted to it – hopefully more so than toxic love.
As for the music video, which has been created by ARTtouchesART, we watch black and white narrative story scenes which starts with John Galea in bed with a handsome black guy, who gets a phone call and has to leave. Soon the performance scenes start, which are mainly shot on the balcony overlooking East London, with John Galea showcasing his passionate energy and how much this song means to him. Ironik also joins him on the balcony for his parts, giving just as much energy. The final few narrative scenes sees John Galea fling the bed covers, and ignoring a phone call from a guy called Romeo, who just has to be the guy who left at the beginning. Highly relatable to the track, this music video for “Don’t Wanna Die” works incredibly and manages to showcase both artists’ performance vibes.
Stream the awesome newly released single on Spotify here:
“Don’t Wanna Die”, by John Galea featuring Ironik, is available to download and stream, right now, across platforms, via Zamna Records.