Martin Garrix has made a lot of great tracks in his career, but he might have just made his most important. Teaming up with busker Mike Yung, “Dreamer” is a brilliant story of holding onto your dreams and never giving up as long as you have something to believe in.
Yung’s own personal story is reflecting is lustrous clarity within the song. As a teenager, he was discovered and signed as an artist to RCA and CBS and eventually landed at T-Electric, the same label held by Etta James and Luther Vandross. He was gearing up to be a household name when the label suddenly went bankrupt and his debut album never came out. After being forced to find a way to make a living to support his family, he took his talent underground and began busking in the subway, where he’s been for the past 37 years.
The 58-year-old vocalist appeared on America’s Got Talent last year and made it to the semi-finals, gaining national recognition for his talents, and catching the eye of a certain Dutch producer.
“Dreamer” is stylistically new for Garrix, melding pop sounds with R&B vocals and an almost blues-like attitude that is so incredibly powerful, stemming from Yung’s words dripping with emotion and decades of hard work. The song eventually grows to a crescendo with the help of a cadre of backing vocalists who bring the whole project to emotional heights only reached with the help of people working together.
“Dreamer” has instantly become one of our favorite Martin Garrix songs of all time. Mike Yung’s debut album I Will Never Give Up is expected out before the end of 2018.