DROZE‘s new single “Never Thought” stands out with a lyric video that is worth watching. Over the years, he has established himself as a prominent singer who mingles his soulful vocal style alongside House music beats. You can check out this exclusive interview and read all the details on the making of his captivating song, which becomes an anthem for breakups.
1 — The lyric video of “Never Thought” looks awesome. Where was it filmed? Who collaborated in the creative process of it?
Tamara Stampone is the creative force behind the lyric video. She knows me and my love for my city and when she heard the track she married the mood and the visual into this beautiful full day in Miami. Starting from daytime to nighttime, she nailed the slow crescendo of the song. I’m as big a fan of hers and she is of mine.
2 — Is “Never Thought” inspired by any true event?
This instrumental landed on my lap right in the midst of a very emotional break up. And not just a break up with someone I was dating, but it was a full break up from everything that I had known for 4 years. I had to break up with friends that we just couldn’t share. I had to break up with the idea of what I was trying to build in those 4 years. It was so much more than just letting go of a person and I honestly “never thought” that it would end… especially the way it did. It was such a rollercoaster that I ended up writing this song about it, and somehow my life just kinda synchronized itself with this vibe… the melody… the feeling. You can hear how the story played out in the lyrics.
3 — If there is one person you could dedicate this song to, whom would that be and why?
Well I mean the song is about my ex so I guess it gets dedicated to that person in a way, but I would probably dedicate it to that version of myself during the breakup. The song surrounds the ideas of lies, and heartbreak, and sleepless nights but it doesn’t stay there. It was really important to me that I didn’t dwell there in that dark place so the end of the track speaks to how I survived it and I’m okay being alone again and finding what that relationship with myself looks like again. So maybe I’d dedicate half to my ex and half to my younger self? LOL.
“365 to survive” is probably the lyric that sucker punches me every time I hear it, partly because it’s a real-time marker for me. It took a full year to stop replaying things in my head, stop replaying the past, stop with the imaginary scenarios of reconciliation, stop focusing on what was. It was a full year before I even felt like myself, so that’s kinda eye-opening every time I sing it.
5 — The emotional/melancholy feel to it, feels powerful. What does this result depend on?
I’ve always been a fan of Trance and so much of Trance and Vocal House tends to have happy music with sad lyrics and I feel that’s kinda always my root for a song. The idea behind my music is to always tell a story, this just happens to be a doozy. The song isn’t really about all the hardship it flows through, it’s more about singing the praises of surviving things that you didn’t think you could. Depending on your mood you might only focus on one side of the story, but there’s a real duality in it that I love.
6 — Did you sample a classic record from the early 2000s for this song?
That’s a question for the producer, QuestionMarQ. The guy is a flow-magician. We’ve worked together on a couple of projects now and I am always immediately drawn to his remixes, or instrumentals, or really anything he’s putting out. We-vibe I think which is crazy considering we’re half a world away from one another.
I don’t smoke, so that’s a big one for me. And the moment I think I’m getting a cold I run to grab throat coat teas, dayquil, chloraseptics, etc… And it may sound odd, but I sing every day. I SING EVERY SINGLE DAY. So when I’m sick and I can’t sing it’s almost like being punished. I think it’s important to know your voice and a daily song or two helps me know where I’m at vocally that day/week.
8 — How do you balance your music with other obligations?
This is a really tricky one. I’m not at a level where music is paying my bills just yet so my 9-5 has to continue to fund my passion. I’m very organized so I create a to-do at the beginning of my week and I have to literally schedule myself “DROZE” time; whether that’s lyrics, visuals, reaching out to my team, or just listening to new music. Scheduling is helping me manage my time between both of those worlds.
9 — Are you planning to release remixes of “Never Thought” any time soon?
I love remixes! I love the entire idea of a producer getting this piece of my art and being able to make it their own. Sometimes I get back remixes that sound like a totally different piece of work and that’s always amazing to me. I’ve pushed out the track to a couple of DJs I really like and I guess we’ll see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
10 — What more stories do you want to tell through your next singles? What else can we expect from DROZE?
Honestly, I still have so much to say as an artist. I feel like I’ve become more comfortable with the songwriting process with every track and it’s easier for me to get a message out now. I think I’ll always have an affinity to write “the blues”, but I think I need to balance that out now with something people find uplifting. So you may see a different side of DROZE coming soon but don’t worry, it’s still me.