Chicago-based duo of Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa conjure up an alluring brew of R&B and dance music. Both members carry considerable musical backgrounds individually. Born in Austin and eventually raised in California, Via’s parents were hippies that played in a reggae band. At 14 she began making music on her own. She eventually moved to Chicago in 2010 and released her debut the DeathViaLove EP on Soundcloud in 2014. The Chicago-born Na’el came from an immigrant family. He started DJ’ing parties before he even reached his teenage years. He began making music at the age of 13 and started producing and engineering professionally in college. He went on to contribute to Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap, along with engineering for Kanye West’s remix of Chief Keef’s colossal “Don’t Like.”
The duo eventually came to meet through their mutual friend Jean Deaux. They decided to go into the studio and collaborate on music with no rules. Just two musicians allowing each other to be free to express themselves. The stark differences in their backgrounds lent to them creating something truly unique and engaging. Soon after DRAMA was born.
They self-released their debut Gallows in 2016 followed by Lies After Love in 2018 and their latest singles Dead and Gone and Give No Fucks in 2019. They’ve toured extensively and have remained independent which has given them the freedom to continue to push musical boundaries with every new release.
With her Dua Lipa-esque vocal and mature, fully-formed pop sound, it’s hard to believe TS Graye is just a teenager from the West Country.
Debut single “MY2” is an atmospheric introduction to the brand new star, featuring skittering beats against an organ-like synth backdrop. Elevated by production from Louis Mattrs, her vocal is a strong asset to the slick, sophisticated sound she’s already cultivating, underpinned by trip-hop influences from nearby Bristol.