Marshmello and Demi Lovato have joined forces for ‘OK Not To Be OK’. The record has been released during Suicide Prevention Week and as evident by the name, it’s OK not to be OK; we all have dark days.
In the music video, both Lovato and the famously helmeted dance star wake up in classic suburban bedrooms. A young ‘Mello rolls around the yard and rides his bike through the neighborhood, while a young version of Lovato trashes her teenaged bedroom.
“It’s okay not to be okay/ It’s okay not to be okay/ When you’re down and you feel ashamed/ It’s okay not to be okay,” Lovato sings on the inspiring chorus.
Speaking to Apple Music, the DJ explained how his collaboration with the pop star came together after years of the pair running into one another at various awards shows and industry events.
“So she did the song and then I got it and it was just kind of piano and that’s about it. And so then I was like, how can I create an instrumental, instruments, that complement the emotion of the song?” he told Zane Lowe. “So in the beginning it’s very slow and stuff, so I made the instrumental very slow. And then during the hook, which is the resolve of the song, I kind of picked it up with the energy and it’s kind of like a little dance tune.”
“I think that was a huge driving force in making the song, as well, as there was only one way the song could be,” Marshmello continued. “And so I spent a long time trying to find that exact moment where I was like, “Oh, okay, this is exactly how the song should sound. This is how it makes me feel.” So it was just kind of like emotion turned to music in a way.”