Max Drazen has released his debut single, “Let Me Down Slow” via Field Trip Recordings today. The pulsing breakup anthem is complete power vocals, scorched guitar and keenly observed lyrical details. Listen to it now below.
“This song has so much meaning to me personally. It’s the first song I’ve written that really captured how I was feeling at the time,” explains Max Drazen. “It’s a song about holding on to something you know is not good for you but not being able to let it go. For me personally that was a relationship that affected me mentally for years. I’m thankful I had music and writing that allowed me to get to the other side of it. I hope people can find closure to their own experiences through my story.”
Born and raised in Connecticut, Drazen’s first influences came from his parents’ record collection – Elton John and Billy Joel. As he got older, he fell in love with artists like Smino, J. Cole, The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club. The pieces would connect during his junior year of high school, when Drazen went over to a friend’s house and wrote his first song. Recruited to play soccer at Middlebury College, Drazen found his focus shifting to songwriting. He developed a sinewy, genre-agnostic voice and centered his authentic perspective as a kid from the ‘burbs, adeptly swinging between R&B, pop and rap.
“’I’m trying to come out with big pop songs that everyone can relate to,” he says. “Songs that are super listenable, that people want to sing along to, but also have value in terms of storytelling and songwriting.”