Names: Callum MacDonald, Tyler Harden, Braxton Tahi
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Genre: Electronic, Lo-Fi, Indie-Electro
Influences: Tora, Honne, Leisure, Two Another, Parcels
daste. are a trio from the Gold Coast Australia who make chilled indie-pop music with smooth R&B/soul influences, crafting a sound that can be likened to a mix between Tora, Parcels, Two Another and Honne.
High School friends Braxton Tahi and Tyler Harden met Callum MacDonald during a “Popular Music” degree that they were all doing at Griffith University. They quickly developed a connection thorough similar tastes in music, and after performing together with a local band called ANNY for a few months they started playing around with a few ideas amongst themselves and this inevitably led to the formation of daste.
In late 2018 Callum, Tyler & Braxton finished recording their first daste-single Thinkin Of which they signed to Mammal Sounds Records. The reception to that first release exceeded all expectations and gave Callum, Tyler & Braxton the added reassurance that they were indeed on the right path.
In 2019 daste. gave us their debut ep Palette (also released via Mammal Sounds Records) which featured their singles Thinkin’ of, Myself and SOBER and has since collected over 2.5 million streams on Spotify alone.
Shortly after that ep was released they began doing the live music scene in their local area which led to them being invited to support the likes of Lastlings and First Beige at their shows on the Gold Coast, as well as Midnight Pool Party down in Sydney. They were also one of 16 artists selected by Triple J’s Dave Ruby Howe to perform at Sydney’s Electronic Music Conference (EMC) in December 2019.
In early 2020 daste. gave us their second ep Same As It Ever Was which was met with much praise and appreciation from music curators, industry peers and fans across the globe.
“We work in a very dynamic way and have never tied ourselves into doing things one particular way. When writing, there isn’t the typical band mindset of having the bass player always be responsible for the bass lines – we all think like producers which is a good energy because egos are set aside and whatever sounds best goes down on the recording. This helps us all improve in different areas that some may not have the opportunity to do so.” – daste
While 2020’s COVID restrictions made it hard for Callum, Tyler & Braxton to meet up for writing sessions, they didn’t let that stop them making music. They put a strategy in place to start writing & working on new ideas individually, and then they got together over video calls to flesh-out those ideas as a collective.
As those ideas started coming together the guys realised they had a substantial collection of great new songs in the works and decided it made sense for them to focus on a full album.
Between November 2020 and September 2021 daste. gave us six new singles — either way, somebody like you, here with me (feat. DVNA), expectations (feat. Akurei), holding on to you (feat. Uhkirra) & changes — in anticipation of their debut album dusk&dawn which was released in October 2021 and has already collected over 1.2 million streams on Spotify alone.
Throughout 2022 daste. have been busy working on a bunch of new music, and they gave us the first taste of that in December with new single ‘butterfly (so free)’, which also came with a Dom Gould directed music video and a five-date Australian tour.