Shawn Mendes‘ latest single, “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”, doesn’t sound anything like anything else he’s ever put out — and that was the point.
“I wanted to make something that could play in the clubs,” he revealed in a new interview. “I wanted something people could dance to at parties. I realized I never had that [in my catalog].”
Shawn also opened up about the unexpected element of a guitalele in the track.
[It's] like a baby guitar with nylon strings that sounds like a ukelele,” he says of the instrument. “I went over to my buddy and was like, ‘I’m just going to play this [in the empty space after the chorus]‘. It ended up sounding so badass. It sounds like something you’d hear on an old Justin Timberlake record, right?”
You can definitely expect to hear Shawn playing it at all the festivals this summer too.
“I’m doing a couple festivals this summer so I know that’ll be a good one to play live,” he shared.
Shawn is pictured below, performing at his concert in Manchester, England on Friday (April 28).
Most times when singers talk about the inspirations behind their songs, it’s about people.
However, Shawn Mendes writes about small towns he comes across while touring.
“Sometimes it’s nice if you don’t know what to write about, if you just look out the window, and be like okay well I’m looking at this dimly lit street in the middle of a town in England and I have no idea where I am, there you go that’s a story right there,” Shawn told the Elvis Duran Show recently.
He adds, “So my life is kind of something to write about which is so cool.”
Shawn is pictured below, performing to a packed crowd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday night (April 27).
It’s no secret that Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth are seriously hot — and we probably owe all of that to the fact that they are workout buddies.
While promoting his new single, “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back”, Shawn dished about him and Charlie working out together and being each others’ cheerleaders when they’re not together at the gym.
“He actually sent me a picture of himself the other day, like a regular photo, but I remember when we were touring on the Jingle Ball tour, he started working out and he’s gotten so much bigger,” Shawn recalled on the Elvis Duran show.
“You’re going to be blown away when you see him. Keep working out, Charlie!”
Shawn adds, to keep Charlie going to the gym: “Charlie, I’m pumped to see you and I’ll see you in a couple months, and if you stop working out, I’ll kill you.”
The 18-year-old “Mercy” hit-maker has taken to his social media platforms and official website to start teasing his brand new single called, “Holdin Me Back,” which is set to drop on Friday (April 21).
The duo sang a mashup of Shawn‘s hit “Mercy” and John‘s classic, “In Your Atmosphere.”
“The dynamite @shawnmendes joined me in Toronto tonight perform a “Mercy”/”In Your Atmosphere” mashup and it was over the top good. #thesearchforeverything #shawnmendes #bringingbacktheworddynamite,” John later wrote on Instagram.
“Damn. John Mayer is the best. My job is the best. U guys are the best. What an insane night,” Shawntweeted.