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Having produced and toured internationally since 2005, John Gibbons first charted in 2008 with his track “Beautiful Filth”, a collaboration with fellow Irishman Scimon Tist, which crossed over from underground clubs to peak at No. 22 on the Irish Singles Chart and reaching No.1 on the Irish Dance Chart. Having then spent a number of years honing his studio and production abilities, Gibbons signed a publishing deal with the London-based Good Soldier Songs in 2015, and that year released his first single, “Your Love”. The single received significant radio airplay in both the UK and Ireland, and was featured on the US TV drama Pretty Little Liars.
For the 2016 follow-up, Gibbons sampled Charles & Eddie’s 1992 pop-R&B hit “Would I Lie to You?”, making an electro-house version of the song. It was mixed and mastered by Nick Bennett and Wez Clarke. It reached number 34 in his native Ireland and 53 in the UK,[ achieving Certified Silver status in the UK.
Gibbons’ single, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, released in April 2017, used vocals from the Michael Jackson track of the same name, which originally appeared on Jackson’s Thriller album and was co-produced alongside Digital Farm Animals and long time collaborator Scimon Tist, with mastering by Mike Marsh. It charted at No. 48 in the UK (spending 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart) and No. 21 in Ireland, as well as No. 12 on the UK Dance Singles Chart, No. 1 on the UK Indie Singles Chart and No. 22 on the Scottish Singles Chart. The single also charted in Australia, where it gained Gibbons his first certified Gold certification.
Gibbons’ single “Sunglasses in the Rain”, featuring vocals from UK singer Ai, was released on 20 October 2017 and received heavy radio airplay in Europe, Australia and the US.
Gibbons has also remixed the 2017 singles “Unpredictable” by Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson on Sony/RCA, “Hair Down” by Mollie King on Island/Universal, “Sucker for You” by Matt Terry on Sony/RCA, and Anne-Marie’s single “Heavy” on Asylum/Warner. On 26 December 2017, it was announced that Gibbons was ranked at No. 2 and No. 16 on the most streamed Irish songs of the Year list with “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and “Would I Lie to You?” respectively, and was among the top 10 most streamed Irish artists of the year on Spotify.
The first release of 2018 for John Gibbons was an official remix of Gavin James’ single “Hearts on Fire”. Released on 5 January on Warner Music, the track constitutes part of the Hearts on Fire EP and is the only official remix of the track.
Original single “My Reflection” was released on 19 January by Warner Music. Written in LA with American singer-songwriter Mike City (Rihanna, Sunshine Anderson, Chris Brown, Brandy & Monica), the track takes a more downtempo approach than Gibbons’ previous singles. On the same day, Gibbons’ remix of “You Are the Reason” by UK singer Calum Scott was released on Capitol Records.
On 10 February 2018, “Don’t Say”, a collaboration between Gibbons and US artist Kess Ross, featuring UK duo Phats & Small, was released on Warner Music’s Dutch sub-label Spinnin’ Records.
Having sold-out a string of tour dates in the first quarter of 2018, including a home-town headline show at Dublin’s famed ‘Olympia Theatre’, on 6 April 2018, Gibbons released a pop-dance version of Australian singer-singwriter Delta Goodrem’s single “Think About You” on Sony Music, the remix immediately charting Down Under.