In only over a month after its release, the Pampanga based rapper’s first single under indie label Off The Record reached a milestone on music streaming platform, Spotify. With the track’s laid back beats, it has certainly become a crowd favourite having been included in the app’s top playlists like Kalye Hip-Hop, Bago Sa Rap, and OPM Rising. Indeed, the perfect song to just vibe to.
“Yung mga diwata kasi, magical, mythical creatures,” the 21 year old pointed out during his recent guesting on ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime Online U guesting. He continues to explain, “Napili ko yung title na diwata or term na diwata kasi yung gusto ko maachieve doon sa kanta ko is ma-experience ng mga nanonood yung magic or experience ng love. Yung magic ng pagiging inlove. Kasi pag in love ka parang kaya mo lahat eh. Parang iba talaga yung power ng love sa tao eh. Parang ang dami niyang nagagawa sayo eh. Napalungkot ka niya. Pinapaexcite ka niya. So yung magic ng love, kaya ko nagamit yung term na diwata, is parang diwata kumbaga yung anong mahal mo – kahit hindi naman tao, eh. Yung diwata mo, puwedeng maging work mo, yung studies mo, di ‘ba. Parang kung ano yung nagpapasaya sayo. Yun ang ibig sabihin ko sa Diwata.” (I chose the title “diwata” because I want my viewers to achieve the magic or experience of being in love when they listen to my song. The magic of being in love – it makes you [want to] do everything. Love is very powerful. It makes you do things. It makes you sad. It makes you excited. That’s the magic of love, and that’s why I used “diwata” because it can be anything you love – it could be your work or your studies. [It is] anything that makes you happy. That’s what I meant in “Diwata”).
Currently, DAZE is working on his second single to be released this September. The single will be a collaboration with a renowned Jazz guitarist Johnny Alegre and will feature rising female artist, Aaliyah.