INTERVIEW: dvsn Opens Up About Their Music, Signing With Drake & More
By Isha Thorpe
December 22, 2017
We first took notice of dvsn in 2016 when the musical duo opened up for Drake and Future on their "Summer Sixteen Tour" and released their debut album. And as soon as we heard the first few notes from their songs, we instantly wondered where artists like this have been all of our lives. This new duo named dsvn sounded incredible!
Consisting of singer Daniel Daley and producer Paul Jefferies AKA Nineteen85, dvsn's popularity only grew in 2017. After also opening on Drake's "Boy Meets World Tour," the pair released their sophomore album in October entitled Morning After to great reviews. The project had 13 songs total with no features.
The beautifully Rhythm and Blues-rich album features some of their previously released smash singles like "Mood," "Don't Choose," "P.O.V." -- which samples Maxwell's "Fortunate" -- and more.
In case you aren't aware, dvsn is signed to Drizzy's OVO Sound / Warner Bros. So, with someone as big as this in their corner, as well as their huge talent, dvsn is destined for greatness. That's why we couldn't end 2017 without speaking to the pair about their music and what 2018 will hold for them.
Check out iHeartRadio's interview with dvsn below. You can buy Morning After here.
How and why did you two join forces and decide to become a duo?
Daniel: No matter who we worked with individually, people always told us there was something special and something different about records we'd do together. So, we came up with dvsn.
What does your music illustrate about the type of artists you are?
Nineteen85: You never know what you'll get from dvsn musically, but the topics will be relatable.
How does it feel to have your music blow up so quickly?
Daniel: We started 2016 off unsigned. Then, we linked up with OVO Sound. Now, we have two albums out [and] been on two stadium tours with Drake. So much has happened. We're just thankful, and we're hungrier than ever. Can't wait to start this first world tour.
How did you get signed to Drake’s OVO Sound /Warner Bros.?
Daniel: OVO's been fam since before dvsn and 40's [Noah James Shebib] been checking for us. So, we knew we had to rock for the home team.
What has Drake taught you about the music industry?
Nineteen85: Drake has shown us how to just put the music first and be consistent, consistent with the music and consistent with the team and the people around us.
What traits does dvsn have that lets people know you’re here to stay?
Nineteen85: We're comfortable with taking chances and going against the grain. We're evolving as much as our audience is. We're really just getting started.
Photo: Lesean Harris