THEY. are Drew and Dante. The two were introduced in Los Angeles through Dante’s production partner and best childhood friend ‘Big Drew’. At the time, Dante was churning out beats in the studio with the elusive producer, and now label mate, ZHU, and Drew had just relocated to LA from Maryland in search of a like-minded writing partner.
In an effort to move away from pop production towards something more boundary pushing, Dante saw Drew as the “golden boy” collaborator. Without even knowing it, they formed a group.
Influenced by the two-singer dynamic of Taking Back Sunday and the nursery rhyme simplicity of Kurt Cobain’s lyrics, Drew and Dante meld their diverse musical backgrounds to create songs without boundaries that push forward the cultural needle. Melodically, Dante and Drew have a mutual admiration for late 80s gems such as Babyface and New Edition; “The Ralph” even features as one of Drew’s many studio voices. The pair combine these influences with their own limitless and evolving sound to produce something that can’t be placed into a box labeled ‘Urban’ and filed away.
In terms of their label affiliation, this came about in a true THEY. moment of serendipity – Dante ended up playing their tracks for Mind of a Genius founder, David Dann, as he was leaving the studio that all the artists work out of. Two weeks later, the deal was penned. Four months later, the pair are releasing their debut ‘Nu Religion’ EP.