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Published on March 28th, 2020 | by Guest Editor

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Dabin Continues His Melodic Takeover With New Essenger Featured Single ‘Hope It Hurts’ Out Now Via Seeking Blue Records

Building upon the momentum accrued over the past year, Dabin’s latest release, ‘Hope It Hurts’, maintains his winning streak and serves as a remarkable follow-up to his previous single ‘Holding On’. In just a few short years, the rising DJ/producer’s career has skyrocketed, catapulting him to stardom in record time. With an instrument-based background in piano, drums, and guitar, and stylistic influences stemming from indie, folk, and blues, it is clear that his expertise in the field of music is wide-ranging. This is reflected in his eclectic portfolio of work, and even more so in ‘Hope It Hurts’, where he seamlessly blends Essenger’s emotional vocals with uplifting build-ups and drops.

‘Hope It Hurts’ begins with a melancholic acoustic riff that effortlessly transitions into Essenger’s resonant vocals. The song builds upon itself, with the drop releasing tension and acting as a prime contrast to the stripped nature of the first half of the track. Weaving a sonic tapestry of imaginatively fine-tuned noises, sounds, instruments, and varying vocal pitches, Dabin is able to consistently evoke raw emotion in an unparalleled fashion. Harkening back to the alternative rock of the mid-2000’s, Dabin’s ability to blend this style of music with dance elements is a treat for the ears.

Dabin’s seasoned career has gained him much popularity since he began producing in 2011. Top highlights include his ‘Two Hearts’ LP, which received a 2018 JUNO nomination for Best Electronic Album of the Year, and its follow-up, the ‘Wild Youth’ LP, both of which placed him on the map in the dance music landscape. His sold-out 2019 headlining ‘Wild Youth’ tour is also a testament to the innovatively immersive live performance he puts on with each show, which includes several instruments such as drum pads, the electronic guitar, and synthesizers. As a highly sought after act, he has performed at festivals across the country including EDC Vegas, Electric Forest, Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Zoo and Lost Lands to name a few. Dabin supported ILLENIUM as both a member of his ‘Awake’ live band, and as an opening act on his ‘Ascend’ tour, and his dexterity with the guitar has landed him a sponsorship with Fender.


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