Rising Appalachia’s David Brown Releases Trip-Hop Remix of “Zavey” ft. Hang Massive

David Brown of Rising Appalachia will be going by the alias Dem Lights for the upcoming remix project.

Long before becoming Rising Appalachia’s guitar/banjo/upright bass player, David Brown used to spin and scratch hip-hop and trip-hop records — inspired by DJs such as Rob Swift, DJ Premier, and DJ Shadow. A few years after picking up the banjo Brown sold his decks and most of his vinyl; however, his appreciation for beats with organic sounds and vinyl textures remained strong.

After a hiatus from the world of making beats Brown returns with a trip-hop treatment to a live recording of Rising Appalachia performing the song “Zavey” with special guests Hang Massive — paying homage to the sounds that were influential to him in the late 90s. Recorded at a folk festival in Urkult, Sweden, the song is a Bulgarian harvest song that sisters Leah and Chloe collected while traveling to the country years prior. Brown recalls:

“It was in an old church, packed to overcapacity, with people sitting all over the graveyard outside on blankets — it was one of the most awe-striking concerts and settings that I’ve encountered.”

Going by the alias Dem Lights, Brown was inspired by Leah Song who challenged him to complete a couple remixes of Rising Appalachia material before the end of their recent tour. Brown noted:

“Touring life, which is ripe with lulls and in-between time, lends itself well to this obsession.”

One of Brown’s hopes for the Zavey remix is that it gets heard on the playa in the days ahead at Burning Man. He has confirmed that additional remixes will be released in the near future and is excited to see what sort of life the project takes on. Brown additionally has an acoustic album in the works with a release date still to be announced.

To listen to the Dem Lights “Zavey” remix: