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DRAX PROJECT performs the song "WOKE UP LATE" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY NICOLE PINTO
While studying jazz at college in Wellington, New Zealand, Drax Project (Shaan Singh [vocals, saxophone], Matt Beachen [drums], Sam Thomson [bass], and Ben O’Leary [guitar]), took what they learned in class and applied it to another pursuit, making pop
their own. In 2013, Shaan and Matt began busking in Wellington to earn extra cash. Instead of jazz standards, they jammed out covers of Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with just drums and saxophone, hence the name Drax Project (short for “drums” and “sax”). Adding Sam and Ben to the fold, a viral cover of Kimbra’s “Goldmine” caught the attention of influential producer Devin Abrams, giving acclaim to the newly-introduced group. They opened up for everyone from SBTRKT, Six60, to Ed Sheeran and Lorde. Simultaneously, their single “Woke Up Late” received a platinum certification in New Zealand. These four mavericks bring vital virtuosity to airtight anthemic structures and subvert convention as a result. (Think Bruno Mars backed by Charlie Mingus, and you’re halfway there!) Signing to 300 Entertainment stateside as “Woke Up Late” took off everywhere, they accompanied Famous Dex on the standout single “LIGHT” from his chart-topping 2018 debut, Dex Meet Dexter, which bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200. As they tour Europe with Camila Cabello and ready more tunes, Drax Project possess the power to push pop to new heights.
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Luke Houben
Still Photos: Zoe Sher
Recorded by: James Schumacher
Mixed by: Jeff Bates
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