FRESH: ‘Wanted’ – NOTD featuring Daya

NOTD join forces with Daya for “Wanted”.

by Christopher Smith

Swedish duo NOTD have enlisted rising Los Angeles-based songstress Daya for their irresistible new single “Wanted”, out now via Polydor Records/Universal Music Sweden. “We have been fans of Daya for such a long time,” NOTD reveal, “so it’s kind of crazy to be doing a song with her now. “Wanted” is such a cool vibe and a little darker than the typical NOTD record so we are really excited to see the reaction”.

Speaking about the collaboration, Daya said, “I wrote this song around 2 years ago with Delacey and Sam Martin to just piano, and NOTD took it from there and entirely transformed it. They took all the outdated parts of it and gave them new life. I’m really excited for it to be out in the world and to see how it resonates with people”. They didn’t need to wait long for a reaction, with Daya jumping on stage at NOTD’s first ever headline show at The Roxy in LA just this week to debut “Wanted” to a rapt audience.

The ear-worm new single melds Daya’s honest, heart-on-sleeve vocals with NOTD’s inimitable glistening production to captivating effect. The track follows NOTD’s “Keep You Mine” featuring singer-songwriter and fellow Swede Shy Martin, which garnered over 15 million streams to date. The track also made it onto 62 Best Of The Week playlists and received further global support from Apple Music via their EDM Hits section. NOTD have amassed over 750 million streams from their own productions and a further 400 million remixing high-profile artists such as Years & Years, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Stanaj. The duo, consisting of teenagers Tobias Danielsson and Samuel Brandt, are also certified Platinum in Sweden, Canada, Australia (x2) and Norway, as well as Gold in the US.

20 year-old Pittsburgh native Daya meanwhile dropped her latest single “Left Me Yet”, earlier this summer, the second track to be taken from her forthcoming album on Interscope Records following the release of “Insomnia” in March, described as a “nervy, heart-racing bop” by PAPER. More recently she teamed up with Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren for ‘Forward Motion,’ featured in Late Night starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, and opened for Carly Rae Jepsen on the Paris and London dates of her Dedicated Tour before a run of international festivals and Pride dates this summer. It’s the perfect team-up from two of pop’s most exciting young acts, doing what they do best – delivering hit after hit.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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