Words by David Morris, also known as D-WHY.
“I am so excited to finally start sharing music from the eight-or-so tracks on the ‘Young, Loved, Hated & Broke’ EP with you guys. Since the release of ‘Don’t Flatter Yourself’ a year ago, I’ve probably written/recorded enough material for three albums, but I’m big on putting things out the right way, at the right time. With summer nearing its end, school starting back up for some of you and a big fall tour approaching for me (with Hoodie Allen, Mod Sun and OCD: Moosh & Twist–tickets here), I felt as though it’s the right time for me to give you the first real taste of YLHB. Thus, I bring you “One Day,” produced by Dave Cappa and featuring a sample from one of my favorite songs of the past year by Asaf Avidan & The Mojos. Disclaimer: Before you press play, put headphones on and turn the volume up LOUD.”
If you made it out to any of my summer tour dates, you probably heard me preview this song towards the end of each show. And if you watched the first episode of my behind-the-scenes mini-doc series, ‘New Frontiers,’ you heard this instrumental running through the performance footage. Today, I give it to you in full. As mentioned above, the original song that we sampled is by Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan. It became popular overseas last year when German producer Wankelmut turned the folk song into a house hit, but it hasn’t really reached the masses in the U.S. Upon discovering that remix, I became a huge fan of the song and its melody, lyrics and message. I had it on repeat for days. I attempted to rap over the house version, but the tempo was off. After sending it to Dave Cappa, we both quickly understood what we needed to do. The result is a track that blends hip-hop, trap, EDM and folk music together. We like to call it “Folk-Trap.” People who have been following my career know that I pride myself on writing and releasing music that doesn’t adhere to genre labels. I love folk music, I love rap music. To me, this is a great marriage of both. I hope you guys enjoy. Please share it with your friends, and be ready for the ‘Young, Loved, Hated & Broke’ EP coming soon!