Our Song of the Day comes from Vienna-based band DAWA who release their “Put It Away Remixes” EP tomorrow (16th June) via Las Vegas Records. Listen to Put It Away below, this is music to watch the sun go down, lovely harmonies, gentle acoustics and subtle percussion…soulful and graceful. What’s not to like?
DAWA was formed in 2014 by John Dawa (vocals/guitar), Barbara Wiesinger (vocals/percussion), Laura Pudelek (cello) and Oama Richson (cajón/percussion), after John and Barbara met Laura and Oama at a street concert at the Ragnarhof in May 2010, the enthusiasm was mutual and they quickly discovered that their instruments were very compatible. DAWA describe their sound of music to be warm, rich and handmade. Some of their influences are José Gonzalez, Junip, Fink and Santana. Their current favourites are Floating Points, Portico Quartet, Vakula and Tornado Wallace, to name a few.
Austrian singer-songwriter and musician CIO is the first to step in on the remix duties. CIO keeps the intention of the original intact, whilst adding a soulful flair with additional organ and orchestral elements. “This remix was kind of a challenge to me. As the original song is that intimate, my first intention was to obtain the feeling and give it just a gentle twist. In the end, I guess, it became more of an alternative production than a whole new remix.” says CIO. Vienna-based indie-pop band Kommando Elefant’s frontman Alfred Oslo, changes the pace with the additional rhythmic section and hypnotising leads whilst Berlin-based, Austrian composer Stefan Seelenwald takes the original to the dancefloor with a groovy rhythmic section that leads the track into a new light. “Since I have a very close relationship with the musicians of DAWA, it is my intention not to change the overall emotion and personal sound of the band when remixing. In the creative process I try to see myself as a fifth band member leaving my ego aside and being as supportive to the groove and attitude as possible”, says Stefan.
DAWA says about the Remixes EP, ‘“Put It Away’ is about focusing on the emotions that are real and true, even while you’re in between moods or struggling to calm down when you know what you are feeling is just a whim and not your real emotion. Because of this very personal statement, it was interesting to see how other artists dealt with the lyrics and effects in their remixes”.
01 Put It Away
02 Put It Away – (CIO Remix)
03 Put it Away – (Alfred Oslo Remix)
04 Put it Away – (Stefan Seelenwald Remix) Radio Version
05 Put it Away – (Stefan Seelenwald Remix) Club Version
DAWA’s Upcoming Dates:
16 June – Novarock Festival / Nickelsdorf, Lower Austria
30 June – Night against poverty, City Hall / Vienna
21 July – Acoustic Lakeside Festival / Sittersdorf, KTN
28 July – Rock the Park / Groß Gerungs, Lower Austria
11/12.August – Free Tree Open Air Festival / Taiskrichen im Innkreis, OÖ
13 December – Concert Hall in Vienna