Max Drazen has returned with his highly anticipated new single, “Caffeine”, which fans have been eagerly waiting for since last July, when he posted a clip on TikTok that amassed a million views in the first 24 hours. The soul-tinged, tongue-in-cheek track tells the story of the up-and-down relationship of a couple with vastly different approaches to life. Carried by stunning vocals, groovy bass and piano, the song is the perfect follow-up to his previous track, “Let Me Down Slow”.
“I love happy songs with sad lyrics. Songs that make you want to dance but also have a deeper meaning,” says Max Drazen. “‘Caffeine’s sonics match the energy of the honeymoon phase in a relationship, while the lyrics describe feeling hopeless but indifferent.”
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, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bellion 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. Although recruited to play soccer at Middlebury College, he 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. Now signed to Field Trip Recordings, Drazen has his eyes set on the future, with more genre-traversing songs on the way.