listen: Daily Holla – ‘Waves’ (ft. J Fitz)
Gold Coast Producer Daily Holla AKA Harry Deadman has today released a brand new track with a complementing video. ‘Waves’ is an emotionally charged piece of work with layers of dynamic production contrasts.
What started out as a chilled synth-based track has now become somewhat of an identifier for Daily Holla, and a beautiful mistake.
“‘Waves’ was the first track I wrote off what eventually became the second Daily Holla EP. I started writing the song back in mid 2015. It all started with a plastic sounding arp loop, which was initially meant to be a placeholder, but it’s still there! I completely forgot about replacing it later on and I both love that silly mistake and hate it.” - Daily Holla
Teaming up with newcomer J Fitz has given this melodic banger a juicy ambience that really enhances the delay and distortion effects of the overall song. This duo clearly has their mojo in sync as they continue to create a cohesive vision.
“I’ve never seen someone work like her. She came in and listened to a rough mix of the track, half an hour later the vocals were cut and we were eating some Vietnamese take away. I was so used to doing everything on my own in my bedroom that sitting in a studio in Sydney felt so surreal.” - Daily Holla
Having studied film at university and loving the combination of music and film, Daily Holla brought his two passions together for ‘Waves’. Enlisting the help of former uni mate, and now film director/cinematographer Mark Desiatov, the video follows the struggles of ballet dancer Jade Moris, as she suffers through injuries and anxiety leading up to a final performance.
This short-film style video is the perfect way to show the strength and willpower it takes on both sides of the spectrum in creating a work that translates to an audience. The imagery is raw and will have you gasping for air, much like J Fitz’s powerful ending.
“I've always wanted to mix the fluidity and timeless beauty of ballet with more of a modern and contemporary sound which I thought Harry (Daily Holla) has. The concept revolves around the lyrics and the idea of self-belief through adversity; a common theme that most people can connect with. I believe there's nothing more breathtaking than a live ballet or dance performance where the artist defies the pain and physical hardships throughout their routine; which is a reflection of the underlying theme of the clip,” - Mark Desiatov