Chicago-based duo DRAMA is the collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade and vocalist Via Rosa, playing to the complementary dynamics of their unlikely pairing by blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss. They have announced their signing with Ghostly International and today, they share “Hold On,” their debut single with the label, hinting at an exciting next step for their label debut coming in 2020.
The track showcases the duality of DRAMA, contrasting vulnerability and self-reliance, curatively dancing out from the throes of a breakup with stylish lucidity. “For me, it’s an anthem. It’s what anyone’s friends would say if the love of their life left them,” notes Rosa. “It’s a reminder for myself to keep loving.” Shehade’s production is crisp, catchy, bright, and buoyant, but not lacking emotional substance, accentuating the lyrics as bass and synth lines arpeggiate atop kick drums fit for dancefloor epiphanies.
Sept 30 Seattle, WA @ Neumos ∞
Oct 01 Portland, OR @ Star Theater ∞
Oct 02 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club ∞
Oct 04 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Oct 05 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Oct 07 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf ∞
Oct 08 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater ∞
Oct 11 Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo ∞
Oct 19 Chicago, IL @ Metro – Ghostly 20
∞ dates with SG Lewis