Irishman John Gibbons began his career as a radio DJ before becoming a dance music producer, eventually hitting the big time with his 2016 single "Would I Lie to You," a high-energy cover of the 1992 Charles & Eddie classic. Coming of age in the '90s, Gibbons began DJ'ing at the age of 15, making a name for himself on the nascent Dublin club scene and on the Irish pirate radio stations Kiss and Nova. From there, he progressed to mainstream radio, winning a slot on the popular Dublin station Spin 103.8, where he remained for many years while building an international DJ career.
Taking stock of his career and recognizing that continuing to rely solely on DJ'ing for a living was not sustainable, Gibbons decided to focus on music production with the aim of reaching a wider global fan base. He released his first tracks in 2007, teaming up the following year with fellow Irishman Scimon Tist (né Colin Hanley) for his debut single proper, "Beautiful Filth," which went to number 22 in the Irish singles chart. In 2010 he launched his own digital label Club Educate, through which he released a number of further singles, gradually honing his production skills. He also released singles on Nervous ("Anello," with DJ Mog), Full Tilt ("1984"), and Get Down ("Loud out There"), and remixed the likes of Professor Green, Sander van Doorn, and Mark Ronson.
In 2015, Gibbons signed a publishing deal with the London-based Good Soldier Songs, home to Biffy Clyro, Birdy, the 1975, and Gavin James — a savvy business move that propelled him into the big league. His 2015 single "Your Love" was his first bona fide solo hit. It received major radio airplay in both the U.K. and Ireland, was featured on the hit U.S. TV drama Pretty Little Liars, and racked up over a million plays on streaming services. For the 2016 follow-up, Gibbons chose to sample one of his favorite songs, Charles & Eddie's smooth 1992 pop-R&B hit "Would I Lie to You." Working with Nick Bennett and Wez Clarke (the men behind Sigala, Gorgon City, and Sam Smith), he crafted a high-energy electro-house version that became an even bigger success, garnering more than five million streams. ~ John D. Buchanan