STEPHEN DAWES / TEENAGE DREAM

STEPHEN DAWES IS A GEM. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE ONE OF THE MOST QUINTESSENTIONAL POP SONGS OF GEN-Z AND YOU BLEND IT WITH YOUR OWN SOUL? SOMETHING THAT HARKENS BACK TO THE DAYS OF BON IVER’S “FOR EMMA, FOREVER AGO”.. BUT WITH KATY PERRY LYRICS. INSANE. STEPHEN HAD THIS TO SAY ABOUT THE SONG..

“It was May 10th. I had just come home from a night out with my friends. We spent most of the evening listening to hits from the Benny Blanco era, and after finding Katy Perry’s song Teenage Dream, I
rediscovered the beauty and unexpectedly somber nature of the lyrics, especially for a dance song. At 2 am, I started tracking a sad indie-folk version and ended up staying up all night. The next day I decided to post
it on TikTok and Instagram. Within the first 3 videos, it had already hit over 700k views and 3k pre-saves.”

THE END RESULT IS QUITE POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE COVER SINCE Obadiah Parker’s rendition of Outkast’s “Hey Ya”. Which specifically crossed my mind when I heard this song from Stephen. Everyone regarded “Hey Ya” as this happy-go-lucky pop song. It wasn’t however.. it was about a really heavy break-up. Obadiah’s version was much more in tune with the lyrical content of the song. Back to Stephen..

WHILE KATY PERRY’S VERSION IS A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH AND VIGOR, STEPHEN’S IS VULNERABLE AND CARRIES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF AMBIVALENCE. THE END RESULT IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF NAKEDNESS THAT SIMPLY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE ORIGINAL. TO RESHAPE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SONGS OF THE LAST 25 YEARS THROUGHOUT YOUR OWN UNIQUE, ARTISTIC-LENS IS A GIFT. IT IS NOT ‘NORMAL’ BY ANY MEANS. THIS IS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION.

WHEN STEPHEN TEASED THE SONG ON TIKTOK ALONE, THE SOUND RECEIVED 700K+ VIEWS AND 4,000 PRE-SAVES. BEING IN MUSIC AS A MANAGER – 4,000 PRE-SAVES, WHILST OPERATING INDEPENDENTLY, IS NOT AN EASY FEAT IN ITSELF – AND SERVES AS FURTHER PROOF THAT THIS SONG DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION. I’M GOING TO BE TRACKING ON STEPHEN DAWES FROM THIS POINT ONWARD. I RECOMMEND YOU DO THE SAME.. RUN IT UP!

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