daste. is an Australian trio made up of Callum MacDonald, Braxton Tahi & Tyler Harden, who make infectious indie-pop music with smooth R&B/soul influences, crafting a sound that can be likened to a mix between LEISURE, Easy Life and badbadnotgood.

The band is very excited to be giving us a brand-new single this week titled ‘Around’ which also comes with news of a whole new album that they have planned for release in early 2025, and we can expect a whole lot of new music from daste. between now and then. 

“The genesis of ‘Around’ took shape mid-August 2023. We were quite heavy into the writing process of the album and were asked by our good friend Maxwell (Golden Vessel, 1tbsp) if we’d like to get together for a writing session. 

Maxwell started off the session with a Soul/Rnb sample that became the core of the song as we built chords and melodies around it. Maxwell took a hold of the production while Tyler and myself worked away at the melodies and lyrics.

We wanted to focus on the subject of a situationship or an ex that you know isn’t the right person for you, but you can’t help going back to them. Even still, if they call you, you know you’ll answer every time. It’s a cycle of anticipation and regret as you go around and around in a seemingly never-ending cycle. Maxwell encapsulated this feeling so well within his moody production and even tied it together with his catchy vocal melody across the chorus. 

Following this session, we spent the next few months refining the arrangement, before sending it to our Mix Engineer James Vincent (Jim Alxndr) who added his post-production, providing another level of character to the song.” ~ Callum MacDonald (of daste.)

While they haven’t released much over the last 12 months, they have been quite busy in other areas like recording this new album, putting more focus on their socials and building their presence on Spotify. In March 2023 they hit the One Million monthly listener milestone on Spotify and just one year later they’ve passed the 2.3 million monthly listeners, and it’s still growing.

‘Around’ is available everywhere now.



Co-Written by Callum MacDonald, Tyler Harden & Maxwell Byrne
Co-Produced by Callum MacDonald, Tyler Harden, Maxwell Byrne & James Vincent
Mixed by James Vincent
Mastering by Alex Gordon
Photos & Artwork by Maxwell Byrne
Styling by Bec Zanetti
Graphic Designs by Tim Meakins