DJ/producer duo Take A Daytrip call New York home, but their music is beginning to take them around the world.
As teenagers, Daytrip’s David Biral and Denzel Baptiste found inspiration in the music and culture of New York; both raised outside of the city, they met at NYU’s Clive Davis institute where they began collaborating. They dreamed of traveling the world through their music, but also knew they needed to hone their craft in their adopted hometown. After graduating, they started working in a tiny basement studio in Soho. When many artists and producers fled for L.A.’s warmer weather and famed entertainment community, David and Denzel committed themselves to New York—to the history and the future.
Their studio became a hub of activity for out-of-towners (6LACK, YBN Cordae, Denzel Curry) and locals (Sheck Wes, Smooky Margiela) alike. Daytrip’s dedication to the city that raised them creatively started paying off in 2017. After Sheck Wes stopped by their studio and freestyled for 30 minutes, “Mo Bamba” was released to Soundcloud with little fanfare. Months later it would become one of the biggest rap songs in the world, spurring collaborations with an array of bigger artists and breakout stars: Juice WRLD, YBN Cordae, Kevin Gates, Cousin Stizz, G-Eazy and Big Sean. More recently, the duo has gained notoriety shaping the sound of breakout star Lil Nas X, producing two of his most successful singles "Panini" and "Rodeo (feat. Cardi B)." In addition, David and Denzel produced on rising Colombian rapper Feid's Latin Grammy-nominated album 19. Their tendency to deliver signature records with up-and-coming artists highlighted a summer of electrifying live sets, with the duo bringing their show to Europe for Lovebox, Splashfest, and a Places + Faces-hosted Boiler Room, as well as a headlining slot in MoMa's PS1 series. Daytrip's dream of exploring the globe through music began to blossom in January, when they released their raucous, dark single "Stressed" with British rapper Octavian. "Stressed" marked the first many collaborations they plan to release with a handful of the most exciting voices coming out of London, including collaborations with Slowthai, AJ Tracey, M Huncho, NSG, and others, paving the path for their debut project Take A Daytrip vs. London in 2020.