Born and bred in Chicago, Donivan Horvath, known to the music world as “Daze,” began his musical journey at the tender age of 6. Music always being in his blood, Daze first began singing when he was 6 years old. Utilizing his music inspirations Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Usher, Daze honed his voice and style and became a quadruple threat.
Daze does it all – he composes, writes, sings and produces. And to top it off – he is entirely self-taught. In a recent interview he confessed to having had no formal training, either vocally, recording or producing – his talent is pure and legitimate. “I grew up singing – most of my family is musical as well.” When it came to experimenting with composing, Daze, like most, started off small. “My first instrument was my PSR-540, which my step-dad bought me.” As for his gift of writing - “When I was about 15, the words just started flowing,” Daze stated.
It was at the age of 16 when he wrote his first song, “This Is Love.” The next five years were two steps forward and one step back for the artist. His mother, always a strong supporter of his, was always there, pushing him to be better. She even booked him a show. Daze laughed as he recalled, “There was nobody there – just one person.” Yet Daze didn’t give up.
Finally at the age of 21, Daze’s career took a giant leap forward when he stumbled into Chicago entertainment firm K.O.R. Enterprises, Inc. (K.O.R.E.). “I had come to a point where I didn’t think my music career would go anywhere – then I came across K.O.R.E.,” Daze reminisces. “I still remember leaving that voicemail, asking K.O.R.E. to listen to my music – telling them it was about my life and they wouldn’t be sorry for listening.” His music samples and his determination were enough to turn the head of K.O.R.E. Founder and CEO, Chase Aviles.
“Listing to Daze took me to a place of where the talented have a chance, a chance to win. I was introduced to Andy Grammer from a close friend of mine and when I listened to Daze, I heard another voice that had great story lines and passion for the music,” Chase commented.
Classified as pop, delving into some hip-hop, Daze’s style is reminiscent of music icon Michael Jackson, mixed in with some Justin Timberlake and adding a dash of Usher. His music is danceable, memorable and upbeat – it’s also international as he throws in a little bit of R&B just to keep fans on their toes.
When asked about his inspiration for his songs, Daze simply stated, “Life. I’ve gone through many hard things in life, and I want to share those experiences with people. One thing about music today is that it can oftentimes have a negative influence on people. I want to bring a positive message back to music, and I want to share my gift and experience with others so they can be encouraged and happy as well.”
So where did the name “Daze” come from? Daze explained, “Growing up, my friends were always saying it seemed like I was always in a daze – and until recently, I felt like I was. So I wanted to keep the name, as a reminder of where I came from.” It was out of this daze he has finally awoken and is ready to charge ahead into the future. His appropriately titled album, “Wake Up,” is a brief glimpse at the promising future ahead.
Wake Up, world - this young artist is ready to take Chicago, and the world, by storm.
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K.O.R. Enterprises Inc. is an entertainment music production firm specializing in the production, television and promotion of music through records, concerts, and merchandise including apparel and video productions.