Galantis Reveals The Surprising Meaning Behind Their Hit Song ‘Emoji’

Galantis is probably one of those names you’re seeing everywhere nowadays. Between 150 live shows a year, numerous festival appearances, and two new hits, to say they have a lot going on is an understatement. Thankfully, they made the time to sit down with us at Shaky Beats festival in Atlanta over the weekend to talk about what it’s like touring together, how the duo Galantis formed, and a few of their new songs. Check out the interview below.

What did you guys do yesterday?
Show, at Syracuse.

What did you think?
It was a good show! Really good energy.

How are college crowds versus music festival crowds?
I didn’t know it was going to be such a great crowd. We actually talked about that, we should do it more. 100% of the crowd went haywire. They were happy we were there.

So you guys tour together a lot.
150 shows a year.

How do you keep up the energy to do that many shows?
It’s like, you press a button, you know, you’ve got to reset. And then you have to be as off as you can between the shows, but once you go onstage it’s like a switch in your head, and it just goes.

What was the moment that you were like, ‘I’m going to link up with this guy and we’re going to make music, and we’re going to do this?’
I actually know where I was in Stockholm when I called you that time. It was Old Town. Just so you know… I remember I was walking from a lunch or something and I had the idea. I started to think of names for the band before I actually joined.

What were some of the other names?
Well, we had some of the worst names ever. I’m not gonna say them, but it took a very long time to find the right name, actually. And when we found it, someone else gave it to us.

What is the significance of it to you?
The name now? I don’t know. Then it was the perfect mirror for the music we did, but now it’s life, you know? And now we figure it’s too late to change it.

You recently came out with “Emoji”. What was the idea behind the song?
I think a lot of people didn’t realize that there are a lot of deep, serious thoughts behind it, and thought it was kind of lightweight but it’s not. It’s kind of like, sad in one way, that you do start to only communicate through emojis, but also something beautiful with it, depends on what it is. Like, we’re away from family all the time, and you don’t even have words anymore sometimes, you just send a heart, you know, and that’s useful. I think we all know those words, but you sending that emoji means something either way.

And that kind of started the thought, how something simple like an emoji can change how people have a conversation. Because putting an emoji, words, it’s not the same thing. It actually added to the way you can communicate. So that’s where it came from, the idea.

Do you guys have a favorite emoji?
The heart!

I like the crying laughing one.
That’s very good actually! You can’t put that into words either!

How did your new song “Bones” with One Republic happen?
It’s kind of a long and wacky story. There was like a seed of this original that came across us, and then we wanted to work on it, and then it was already taken by OneRepublic. And I kinda knew Ryan Tedder from the past, so I found out where he lives and I went to his place. And said, “you don’t have the correct idea, I have it.” No, I didn’t say that, but I did say I think we can do an amazing version together, how about that. And I think he liked the way we came really strong, and said that we could take this song somewhere great for both. And I think, yeah, it was such an easy quick thing after that. We were thinking the same thing about the song, and they already started a lot of cool stuff on it, so we took it from there and made it what it is today. But I think they’re great, I think Ryan Tedder is one of the best songwriters, I think his vocals are amazing, unbelievable.

So, what do you guys have in the works music-wise? You just released a new song, are we getting a new album?
We got a lot of music really close to coming out. It’s kind of a race which one will come out first. 

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7 New Songs To Get You Through The Week

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done these, but I’ve just been busy. Sue me. But now I’m back (albeit a few days late) with some new songs to get you through the week. They might not be brand-spanking-new, but all these songs have been released in the past 10 days, and some were only released on Friday, so get off my proverbial dick and enjoy the music.

“Work Out” by Chance The Rapper

Chance dropped four new songs last week, and they all bang, obviously. I almost put “I Need Security” on the list because the hook is just a sample that says “fuck you” over and over, which is my personal Monday aesthetic, but I like “Work Out” too. It’s a little more quintessentially Chance. Also, the song is basically about how everything sucks but it’s going to work out, and I need that this week.

“Cool Kidz” by Boehm

This song kind of reminds me of “Roses” mixed with “Closer” and a Cash Cash song—give it a listen and you’ll see exactly what I mean. And that’s not that surprising considering The Chainsmokers are huge fans of Boehm and have requested remixes from him. Anyway, this song is a solid summer jam. It’s peppy, it’s got a hook that’s easy to sing along to, it’s got smooth, breathy vocals. You’ll like it, it’s sweet.

“Accusations” by 070Shake

It’s Monday, it’s raining, there’s asbestos in the air around my office, so maybe you’re not looking for a happy summer jam. Maybe you’re looking to brood. That’s ok. Check out “Accusations” by 070Shake. 070Shake is a breakout G.O.O.D. Music star who appeared on ye, Daytona, and Nasir—a pretty BFD for the 21-year-old. She’s gonna be huge, mark my words now.

“Mama Look at Me Now” by Galantis

Galantis says about this track, “this is a ‘thank you’ to those who always believed in us when no one else did.” The lyrics definitely support that theme, but I have a feeling I’m going to be yelling “Mama look at me now” when I’m about to shotgun another beer. Maybe not what they intended. Oops. This is another classic summer jam—there’s guitar, steel drums, and what sounds like a chorus of kids singing along with the hook for emphasis. Feel me?

“Ooh Yea” by Fabolous feat. Ty Dolla $ign

This is the song you’re gonna want to blast through your headphones at work when you’re updating spreadsheets and fantasizing about doing lines of coke off a yacht. Just me, then? Any song with my bae, Ty Dolla $ign, is a certified bop. “Ooh Yea” is no exception. I’m also very here for Fabolous’ comeback—now all we need is for Ja Rule to put out a hit or two, and it will be the early 2000s all over again. I predict “Ooh Yea” is going to be all over Hot 97 and Power 105 within the next week, but if you add it to your “white girl with a hood playlist” now, you’ll seem like you’ve got your ear to the streets.

“Blinding My Vision” by K. Roosevelt

K. Roosevelt is the son of blues musician Keb’ Mo’, and if that doesn’t mean anything to you, then you really need to get out more. K. Roosevelt is a genre-defying artist (IMO) with heavy R&B/soul influence who’s worked with the likes of Jhené Aiko and Travis Scott. On July 13, his first single ahead of his self-title EP came out, “Adrenaline”. It’s fire. It’s got prominent guitar and drums that give the song an old school feel. A week later, K. Roosevelt followed it up with the release of “Blinding My Vision”—slower, blissful. If you’re still on a bad Sunday Scaries comedown and need to wallow in your feels for a sec, “Blinding My Vision” is the song for you.

“Not So Bad In LA” by Allie X

I hit “play” on this song and immediately thought, “Oh wow, it’s Lana Del Rey”. Allie X’s voice is similar to Lana’s, with the characteristic low notes and jazzy tone. The more I listen to this song, the more I like it. The lyrics and overall melody paint a picture of LA that’s beautiful on the outside and vacuous on the inside—kind of how I picture most people in LA to be. Youtube commenter Mark Nelson wrote, “Allie didn’t have to give us a Hollywood gothic BOP, but she did, and I’m eternally grateful.” I feel like that sums up this song perfectly.