Drama is a dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na'el Shehade and Via Rosa. The Chicago-based duo are each established artists in their own right. She as a solo vocalist and member of the THEMpeople collective, he as a producer and engineer having collaborated with artists such as Chance the Rapper on his breakout mixtape "Acid Rap" and Kanye West's GOOD Music on the Cruel Summer compilation, the latter debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200.
Drama's moody sound has been described as soulful electronic combining influences of house music, indie, neo-soul, pop and R&B. Their melancholy lyrics are a reflection of their own personal experiences relating to love and heartbreak. Together they make what they love to call "Happy-Sad Music."
Drama is an independent band. They self-released their first EP, Gallows, in November 2016.
As she readies her debut EP for release in late 2018, Claire George looks outward after years of looking in. In the early years of her career, Claire explored familiar paths as the vocalist of the SF-based band HEARTWATCH and as a topline songwriter for dance tracks. However, these well-worn trails didn’t suit her, and for the past two years the LA-based songwriter and producer has focused on developing her own sound. In 2016 Claire detached from her previous endeavors and took on a quieter life on the outskirts of Seattle to hone her craft as a producer. Writing incessantly, she impressed an athlete’s training regimen onto her songwriting with the understanding that going from competent to essential could only come through digging deeper, from finding the negative space where true heartache lays.
The resulting batch of tracks is a genre-bending pastiche of electronic and pop influences. From the shimmering “Orbits” to the insular and evocative “Where Do You Go?,” Claire’s new tracks paint a deft, impressionistic picture of the transformative power of love, loss, and growing up. Like the subjects they address, the songs are mournful and anthemic, guarded but proud. They speak to the anxious sense of losing one’s youth, while still being acutely aware of how much immaturity surrounds you.
Jessica Delijani is the LA based, pop spark plug behind Disco Shrine. True to her tongue-in-cheek moniker, Disco Shrine makes music that plays around with the contrast between high energy electronic beats and sensual melodies.
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