Manhattan is my favourite city in the world. I'm absolutely mesmerized by the lights of big cities, so I wanted to write a song that captured the big city vibe. At the beginning of the song, there's a real siren sample that I recorded from a passing ambulance, and a sample of passing traffic on the highway. Those samples come in and out during the song, creating a city-like atmosphere. While I was making the song I looked at lots of different pictures of Manhattan and imagined myself walking down the street to try and get into the right mindset. I think thats why lots of people have told that they can imagine themselves in a city when listening to this song.
Manhattan lights was inspired by artists like Charlie Puth, Daft Punk, Lauv, and Ed Sheeran.