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College students across the country have all heard someone, be it your mom, aunt or an older friend who graduated years ago say “college is the best four years of your life, don’t let it go to waste.” However, sometimes, shit just gets repetitive. This was 23-year-old UT graduate Jonathan Dror’s exact mindset when crafting his newly released single ‘Tryna Be.’ When discussing the inspiration behind the new soulful neo-R&B track, Dror vented:
“I reached a point in college where I felt like everything was so repetitive and scarily uniformed—the same parties, the same people, the same bars for four years. I felt so out of place because it seemed like I was the only person that wasn’t enjoying these things anymore. I wrote ‘Tryna Be’ one night when I skipped a random frat party that everyone and their mom was going to. I just couldn’t do it anymore and wanted to do my own thing.”
Dror brings an interesting juxtaposition to the table with his new single. The song dances on the border of being a party-playlist-worthy-banger, while simultaneously being a relaxing, introspective ode to the conformity that often comes with traditional college social life. The production on the beat is clean, and Dror has an impressive vocal range. Tryna Be is a promising debut for a young, developing artist with a ton of potential musical talent.
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The single was released along with music video, which was directed, casted and styled completely by Dror himself. “It was important for me to have my hand in every aspect of the project, so it would turn out exactly how I envisioned it,” Dror said.
Check out Dror’s new single, ‘Tryna Be,’ on Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud. The music video is also out now, link below.
Max Donald is a junior Public Relations major at the University of Texas at Austin. He grew up in Dallas, TX. Some of his passions include the Dallas Cowboys, Kanye West and UT football.