Members: Callum MacDonald, Tyler Harden, Braxton Tahi
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Genre: Electronic, Lo-Fi, Dance
Influences: Tora, Leisure, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Toro Y Moi, Two Another, RUFUS DU SOL, Electric Light Orchestra, DOPE LEMON
daste. are a trio from the Gold Coast Australia who make chilled electronic, lo-fi dance music that can be likened to a mix between Tora, Parcels, Two Another and Leisure.
“The name “daste.” comes from an old inside joke where we would say something was “taste” if we liked it; Yeah man, that’s taste” – daste
Braxton and Tyler became friends in high school and then met Callum at a “Popular Music” degree at Griffith University. They quickly developed a connection thorough similar tastes in music, and after performing with a local band called “ANNY” for a few months they started playing around with a few ideas amongst them, and this inevitably led to the formation of daste.
In late 2018 Callum, Tyler & Braxton finished recording their first daste-single ‘Thinkin Of’. They sent it over to Jez Ryan at Mammal Sounds (who Callum had worked with previously on another project) who was just in the process of launching “Mammal Sounds Records” and thought this track was a perfect fit for what he was looking for.
With the high level of positive praise and attention that the guys received around the ‘Thinkin of’ release exceeded all expectations, and it also gave them much reassurance that they were indeed on the right path.
2019 was a breakthrough year for daste; They teamed up with Mammal Sounds Records for the release of their debut ep “Palette” which received much attention and support from music curators and fans all around the world. The ep’s stand-out single SOBER currently has over 500,000 streams on Spotify alone, with the ep as a whole collecting over 850,000 streams on Spotify and over 385,000 on Apple Music. They also partnered with Australian booking agency New World Artists and have since supported the likes of Lastlings, First Beige and Midnight Pool Party, and they were also one of 16 artists selected to perform at Sydney’s Electronic Music Conference (EMC) in December 2019.
daste. wrapped up 2019 with a new single called ‘What If?’ while also announcing that they already had a new ep on the way. That ep is now very close to being completed and they are very excited for what lies ahead in 2020.
“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.
From the beginning of releasing music we adopted the DIY mindset taking on the press, artwork, production and mixing of our first EP and follow-up single ‘What If?’ ourselves in collaboration with close friend Tayla Brunt. We’ve always felt that the three of us having a strong vision of what we are and where we want to get, so taking this one was a matter of just learning the different programs to get to a stage where we had what’s in our head.” – daste