THE STORY BE­HIND THE HIT: SKIN

Q (UK) - - Rag'n'Bone Man -

UK chart po­si­tion: 13 World­wide No 1’s: 2 World­wide Top 10’s: 9 Com­bined sales: 1.2 mil­lion Writ­ers: Rory Gra­ham, Jonny Cof­fer, Jamie Scott (One Di­rec­tion, Tom Odell), Mike Nee­dle, Dan Bryer Pro­ducer: Jonny Cof­fer (Naughty Boy, Bey­oncé)

“I wrote the verse bit in the day­time, just about how we all have some­body in our past that we think, ‘What would it have been like to have been with that per­son?’ You just missed out for what­ever rea­son. ‘It was al­most love, and I won­der what it would’ve been like?’ “Then later on, I went back and watched this episode of Game Of Thrones, where it’s Jon Snow and this wildling girl – they’re from two dif­fer­ent worlds, al­most en­e­mies, but they have a ro­mance, but be­cause of that con­flict be­tween fam­i­lies they can’t be to­gether. Then she gets killed, and it’s all very heartwrench­ing, and that in­spired me to write the cho­rus. “I didn’t re­ally think about the ef­fect it’d have on peo­ple, un­til I started play­ing a dif­fer­ent ver­sion live – com­pletely stripped back with just piano. Then I looked at peo­ple in the au­di­ence, and peo­ple were cry­ing and stuff. Then I re­alised – ‘OK, this is con­nect­ing.’”

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