Press Photo Photo Credit: Jeremy Duffy


20-year-old Brampton, ON Hip-Hop and Hardcore Artist DEAR-GOD (Robert Ortiz) releases a new take on the Deftones’ song “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” today.

This is the first release since his debut EP 1-844-4DEAR-GOD via Dine Alone Records and his own imprint End Time. The EP was mixed by Lars Stalfors.

The tracklist included “New Kid On The Block”, “Slamdance”, “Buck”, “Lovin It” and “FMTTP”.

DEAR-GOD has opened for Wu-Tang Clan at Toronto’s MattyFest, and joined The Dirty Nil on tour.

He draws comparisons that range from Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine to Show Me The Body and King Krule.

Single artwork Photo Credit: Adam Hutcheson
Single artwork Photo Credit: Adam Hutcheson

Statement from Hip-Hop and Hardcore Artist DEAR-GOD regarding ‘Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)’

‘Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)’ brings me back to so many fire memories of my late teen years

Nights with my girlfriend driving around Brampton in my old shitty SUV. I took a weird approach to this cover, trying to compose it in a really unique way, adding melodies that hadn’t existed in the original. I made it all in one sitting and actually lost the stems halfway through mixing it, so it’s definitely got some ‘natural’ character.

Spotify — “1-844-4DEAR-GOD”

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