Here is what they wrote: Heartache is a common enough theme in music that the hip-hop project Dreams in Static was keen to find a fresh angle for the video for their new single, “You’re on Your Own.” Speakeasy today premieres the resulting clip.
First, though, some background. Dreams in Static is a collaboration between the Los Angeles producer Erez “Diwon” Safar and the guitarist and composer Levi Martinez, known as Dugans, who create a sound they say conjures “the aesthetics of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and Curtis Mayfield.” Diwon and Dugans’ forthcoming album, “Part of the Machine,” features the vocalist Akie Bermiss throughout. (There’s no release date for the LP, though a rep for the duo said it will be out in 2014.)
“You’re on Your Own” is a booming hip-hop/soul track with a robust beat, sweeping hook and vocals with a tinge of raw anguish that make for a wonderfully incongruous video featuring a bespectacled, floppy-haired little boy grappling with his first broken heart.
“He makes a video to express himself, the song is the soundtrack and the video is for his crush Lucy,” Diwon told Speakeasy. “As he shows her that she broke his heart, he starts to get into the song and as it progresses he realizes he is going to be ok, and both the song and video close with a girl jumping into his video and dancing off with him.”
Diwon produced the video for his Bancs Media production company, and Jonty Fine directed the clip. What do you think of the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Two of my favorite books are Italo Calvino’s ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler’ and Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Everything Is Illuminated’, which reminds me very much of Calvino’s novel. Both books switch between two story arcs; Foer’s between himself telling a beautifully written quasi-magical story of the people of Trachimbrod and Alex, his translator, telling his own straightforward/broken english story of searching for Trachimbrod. Calvino’s novel also plays with who the narrator of the novel is, and takes it even further where events are happening to the novel’s reader (i.e. the man narrated as “you” is the same as the “you” who is actually reading).
GET THE SONGS NOW – Los Angeles based Producer, Diwon, drops a Chanukah EP with its opening track “Sivivon” that blends Moroccan singing with hip hop and dubstep that sounds like it’s from outer-space. The single, “Sivivon” (The Dreidel Song), features Cobe Jones rapping to the rhythms of Diwon’s synths inspired by traditional Jewish melodies and Yehuda Solomon of Moshav singing this classic Dreidel Chanukah song.
“Gonna Light” blends a high energy dance club feel with chopped and screwed vocals from multilingual hip-hop pioneer, Y-Love, one of the decade’s most dynamic artists and Sarah Aroeste, the international Sephardic Ladino songstress – imagine Spank Rock does the Hava Nagila with a Judeo-Spanish twist. The song is based around “Ma’oz Tzur” (Hebrew: מעוז צור), which is a Jewish liturgical poem. It is written in Hebrew, and is sung on the holiday of Chanukah after lighting the festival lights. The name is a reference to the C Hasmonean stronghold of Beth-zur. This Hebrew song is thought to have been written sometime in the 13th century.
Finally, “Dr. Dreidel” picks up where Diwon’s remix of “Mr. Rogers” left off – a golden age of hip hop sounding beats with a children’s sounding melody, this too features Yiddish players’ club street rapper Kosha Dillz and features Cobe Jones.
Get ready to check out my band Bonhom in Vanderpump Rules on BRAVO! They will feature 3 of our Songs (“Live for Now” and “Free My Love” which have music videos & singles on iTunes and our as yet unreleased track, “I Swear To You”) in #Episodes 5, 6 and 7 of #Season 2!
MORE INFO: “Diwon, the pseudonym of L.A. based producer Erez Safar, has been molding his craft for over a decade. He is adept at taking the sum of his influences and creating tracks that have a unique texture. Diwon likes to describe his music as post hip-hop.
Now, Diwon and Indaba Music want you to remix the tune “Games That We Play”. Take this banging hip-hop track that features Barry Bones and Jesse Scott. Will you go trap or will you throwback? Only you have the power.”
In the words of DJBooth, “Fresh off the release of his independent studio debut, Brooklyn producer Diwon steps into the Booth with the project’s latest single, Games That We Play. While arcade cabinets figure prominently in Matthew Stubstad‘s official video, the record’s less concerned with digital entertainment than the mind games that plague modern romance. Over his own boardwork, an upbeat blend of ringing keys and syncopated percussion, Diwon and his guests, Jesse Scott and Barney Bones, compare notes on past relationships that went south. Has this catchy selection piqued your interest? Then what are you waiting for—click here to cop Diwon’s freshman set, New Games, via iTunes, Amazon or Bandcamp.”
Global artist Diwon has released his debut album “New Game,” which premieres on Earmilk today with its single and music video, “Games That We Play” featuring Barney Bones and Jesse Scott. Diwon is known to New York audiences for his mix of Middle Eastern samples and Baltimore club beats and renowned worldwide for his remixes of pop acts like Lana Del Rey and The XX.
Diwon’s solo album is here! The official release date, music video and remix contest is Aug 20, but all pre-orders are being sent out now! If you didn’t preorder your signed, limited edition album with stickers….. you could do it at http://bancsmedia.com/diwon