Martin Garrix & Mike Yung Explain How They Created 'Dreamer' on a Boat Ride in Amsterdam: Watch

Martin Garrix and Mike Yung sat down with Billboard to share the story of how their song “Dreamer” was created, as part of the “How It Went Down” video series.

Garrix tells Billboard that when he saw a video of Yung performing, he got goosebumps, noting that it’s rare to hear a voice like his nowadays. So he reached out to Yung, and they met up in New York.

“It was fun, 'cause we were so different with the music that we make, the music that we listen to,” Garrix says. “What actually surprised me, we had so many things in common. I can't work on a song if I don't connect with someone. And we met in New York, and I was like, 'OK. Let's go to Amsterdam.'”

So the pair went to Amsterdam twice -- the first time, they took a boat ride on the canals, along with a guitar, and they started jamming and humming melodies. The second time, they had a song and they started rehearsing it on another boat ride. When they got to the bridge over the canal, they noticed that people were gathering on the bridge to listen to the song.

“For me, my favorite lyric is the first one,” Garrix reveals, referring to the line, “I'm a dreamer, don't tell me not to dream.” Explaining why, he says, “I feel like we're all dreamers, and you should not be limited by anyone. Let your dreams be as crazy as they can get. And let no one tell you not to dream.

“The whole song, the whole idea behind the music that we were making that trip was that we wanted to inspire people,” he continues. “We wanted to give people hope, give people that extra push of motivation. Everybody's got a dream, so for us, we wanted to make a song for those people.”

You can watch the video above to hear the full story of how Martin Garrix and Mike Yung created “Dreamer,” and listen to the song below.


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