Day 4 - Downtown

“All I see the two of us // No time to get down I’m moving up”

Written and Performed by: Evan DeVries

Additional Writing by: Luis Chavez

Bass: Alex Rushka

Keys: Jasper Burik

Mixed by: Aaron Carstenson

VLOG #4

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LYRICS

Rolling down Pacific Coast Highway

Hoping that you roll my way

Swerving round turn sideways

And we driving round in your driveway

 

Engine off and we silent

I’m checking on my mileage

And from the look on your eyelids

I’m thinking that I might slide in

 

One night, moon above

Shining bright so luminous

All I see the two of us

No time to get down I’m moving up

 

One night, moon above

Shining bright so luminous

All I see the two of us

No time to get down I’m moving up

 

So be the one downtown when I get it

So be the one in my sites when I’m feeling love

So be the one downtown when I get it

 

Rolling down Pacific Coast Highway

Hoping that you roll my way

Swerving round turn sideways

And we driving round in your driveway

 

Engine off and we silent

I’m checking on my mileage

And from the look on your eyelids

I’m thinking that I might slide in

 

You’ll be the one downtown when I get it

You’ll be the one in my sites when I’m feeling love

You’ll be the one downtown when I get it

 

So be the one downtown when I get it

You’ll be the one in my sites when I’m feeling love

Be the one downtown when I get it

 

 

STORY

Downtown is a song that encapsulates the honeymoon stage of a new relationship. I had just started dating

a girl and was fresh out of college living in Los Angeles. I was excited about chasing my music dreams in

a giant music metropolis and was with someone who had creative dreams of their own. Even though we

practiced different mediums of art, there was a sense of wanting to reach our own ideas of success together.

That was something very enticing to me as I had never dated an artist before and never felt any of my partners

understood my total obsession with music. Each time we would see each other things felt new and exciting,

plus it was summer time so not much could beat driving down the PCH and enjoying the warm evenings

together. As we all know, this initial excitement wears off and unfortunately, having artistic ambitions

in common might not be enough reason to be with someone. That said, Downtown is frozen in time as a

moment of early-stage relationship bliss and a sort of naivety of dreaming up something huge

and wanting to “get it” (as repeated throughout the song) to share with a person you love.

PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

This is another tune that took me quite a long time to finalize, I tried six or seven different grooves, including

this early 2000’s R&B style version I performed live in Hollywood.

Music With Friends

I promised lots of surprise goodies along this experience and since today is the final day, I wanted to share a

cover song I made with my good friend and killer singer-songwriter Sunny. We’ve had the opportunity to share

the stage together in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but this was first jumping in the studio together for a live

cover of Chris Brown’s song Yo (Excuse Me Miss). Sunny has been way supportive of my music and I’ll be sure

you hear more from her on the next EP!

I have to give a shout-out to the man holding down the rap in our cover of Sam Smith’s “I’'m Not the Only One”

below. Luis Chavez aka Lucha Media is a melodic wizard, lyrical genius and my most long-term music

collaborator. Luis helped me polish up the final lyrics and melodies for both New Perspective and Downtown.

You can hear one his original verses in our cover video below. If it wasn’t obvious by the setting of the video,

we met each other in our college fraternity (sorry we thought it looked cool).

Luis and I also formed a group called HIPO to make some club-ready dance music along with our pal Fer.

We’ve released one track so far but have some more already finished, we’re just waiting for the right time to

release. For now, please enjoy our debut track “Let’s Go.”

I used to work in Venice, CA at a tech company that happened to have plenty of good musicians there. I met my

drummer there, a hip-hop head and bass player, and the jazz musician and songwriter who is behind the track

below. Oded Noy is a highly skilled jazz organist and trombone player and happened to see me singing at this

tech company’s open mic, which led to a couple collaborations between us. Below is my favorite track we did

together, it’s called “Glad to be Around.”