Dawson Fuss has today released his new single titled ‘Upper Hand’. I have said this a few times before, but I will say it again; I say that Dawson is one of those rare breeds of artists that have the potential to become a true legend. What I mean by this is, apart from having found his sound at such a young age, Dawson has that sense of self and selflessness that makes an artist continue to expand and grow musically and professionally.
The single, ‘Upper Hand’, has what you would come to expect at this level, but you also hear that hunger and honesty with the vocals and that hook within the music. It is musically a powerful song, obviously attached to a backstory. But it is also one we can relate to.
Take from this song what you will, but explore the artist behind the music. ‘Upper Hand’ is the musical equivalent of a gateway drug.
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“Upper Hand” builds upon themes of reflection and growth found in Dawson’s previously-released singles. Dawson wrote the track in a period of healing from a painful breakup in an effort to move on. “I find that both listening to and writing music transforms the way I feel, almost magically,” he reflects. “Writing ‘Upper Hand’ was my opportunity to reclaim a relationship that made me feel pretty awful.” With dynamic guitar, drums, and vocals, the single is a confident narrative of being the bigger person in the face of others’ drama. Lyrics like “I don’t need any provoked validation” convey a sense of assertiveness and have audiences singing and dancing along.
For Dawson Fuss, born and raised in Santa Barbara, creating music has always been about sharing his story. He’s committed to being authentic and vulnerable through his lyrics, and credits the narrative of each of his songs to his personal experiences. “Singing makes me feel liberated,” he explains. “Any kind of negative feelings I have beforehand immediately vanish. It’s crazy.”
Inspired by artists like Rex Orange County and Conan Gray, Dawson’s music is upbeat, with lyrics that tell each story with raw sincerity. He first gained recognition for his music when he competed in the singing competition “Teen Star Santa Barbara,” where American Idol’s Randy Jackson praised Dawson’s performance of his first original song and declared that “a star is born.” Dawson will continue his musical pursuit at the innovative Frost School of Music at the University of Miami this Fall, studying under a multitude of world-class musicians and songwriters.
A Santa Barbara native, Dawson Fuss has been singing his entire life, propelling him to pursue a career in music where he can transform emotions into lyrics through songwriting. “I come to life whenever I can perform in front of an audience,” he says.
His unique pop sound is influenced by artists such as Ruel, Rex Orange County and Conan Gray. In a recent interview, Dawson said, “Singing makes me feel liberated. It makes me feel Free. Being able to be completely connected with my body and mind while simultaneously connecting with the audience makes me transcend to a different realm. Any kind of negative feelings I have beforehand immediately vanish as I ease into the space of the song. It’s magic.”
As he matured, Dawson’s passion for music has continued to flourish. Recently, he placed in singing competition Teen Star Santa Barbara, judged by American Idol’s Randy Jackson. After showcasing his original song, “Real Boys Don’t Cry,” Jackson proclaimed of Dawson, “a star is born.” His 2021 EP, edge of adolescence, was met with raves from the press, and garnered over 100k streams and 20k fans and listeners on Spotify. In his latest release, “Nothing Really Changes,” following his 2021 release, Fuss reflects on the simplicities of childhood through rose-colored glasses.
His music explores themes of confusion and challenges as he struggles with the difficulties of adolescence and balancing the sharp edge between being a kid and becoming an adult. When Dawson isn’t creating music, he’s a proud advocate of organizations, like The Trevor Project, who he partnered with during his previous release to raise funds, and exploring other mediums of art that he’s passionate about, including fashion and visual arts.
Dawson has worked alongside video artist Anastasia Delmark, aptly reflecting his enthusiasm for various artistic means of expression. As he approaches the final months of high school, Dawson also embarks on his own artistic journey towards independence, grappling with the hurdles posed by adulthood and his new sense of autonomy.
Dawson continues to develop his unique voice through collaborations with writers Luke Matthew, Will Everett, and Yaron. Stay tuned for new music from Dawson Fuss in the coming months.