- Words Solly Warner
Singer-songwriter and producer Dag Holtan-Hartwig, aka Slopes, shares his dynamic debut single “Prove Them Wrong”.
As one half of multi-platinum production duo, Skinny Days, Dag is no stranger to making popular music, achieving billions of streams for artists like Ava Max, Alan Walker, SEEB and Julie Bergan. However, following his own experience of heartbreak, Dag moved to LA in search of a fresh start. Instead, he found himself living alone with his thoughts and it was the music he wrote during this period that inspired him to start work on Slopes. Slopes allowed him to express a side of his personality and an organic production style that hadn’t ever made sense when making music for other artists.
Dag says, “Slopes allows me to express the darker side that is constantly there for me,” he adds. “I’d say I’m somewhere between a pessimist and a realist but it’s melancholy, where nostalgia meets a belief in the future, that I feel most comfortable.”
Preparing a body of work that’s warm, powerful, and just the right amount of rough around the edges, Slopes makes his debut with “Prove Them Wrong”. The track tells the story of doomed romance, youthful ambition and the passage of time. “It’s about a couple in a small town being told by everyone they’re not right for each other. Nobody believes in the relationship, but they’re determined to prove everyone wrong. Things don’t work out, but in spite of it all they arrive at a place of acceptance. There’s a spark of hope in the song: it was a ride, it was intense, but things are fine now”, Slopes explains.
Heartbreak, melancholia and optimism lies at the heart of Slopes’ music. His rich pop storytelling in “Prove Them Wrong” is just the first glimpse of the reflective new artist.