Singer-Songwriter Max Drazen Croons About Relationship Trauma in New Single “Not Because I Loved You”

Breakups and heartbreak can be some of the hardest things for people to overcome. Sometimes, the pain doesn’t come from being in love, but from some of the emotional damage that occurred within the relationship. Someone who knows this all too well is pop singer-songwriter Max Drazen. In his new single, “Not Because I Loved You,” Drazen sings about his firsthand experiences in a sour relationship.

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Max Drazen is a singer-songwriter from Connecticut. Although initially pursuing an athletic career as a soccer player, Drazen’s turn to music and songwriting was heavily inspired by his parents’ collection of records, which included singer-songwriters such as Elton John and Billy Joel. He writes relatable pop music with twinges of R&B and electronic influences. 2022 has been a big year for the young artist, as he has released a string of singles including “Let Me Down Slow,” “Caffeine” and “Blurry Pictures.” In all of his songs, his relatable pop songwriting is bolstered by smooth vocals and heartfelt, infectious delivery.

In “Not Because I Loved You,” Drazen approaches singing about the idea of heartbreak in a fresh way. Instead of singing about being heartbroken from a lost love or devastating breakup, Drazen’s lyrics broach the topic of a toxic relationship and the emotional toll of being in a bad relationship. The heartbreak here is the disappointment from being in a toxic relationship, and the emotional and mental scarring that Drazen now has.

Max Drazen on “Not Because I Loved You” –
“I didn’t think that I could get my heart broken without being in love but my last relationship proved me wrong. The lyric ‘it’s NOT because I loved you that my heart breaks’ represents the idea that even though I wasn’t in love, being manipulated in a toxic relationship can be just as hard or harder. For me, ‘Not Because I Loved You’ is particularly meaningful because the experience is so recent. I still get anxious when I see my ex, I still have trauma from when we were together, and I still think about the aftermath of the breakup. it’s truly the most honest song I have written to date.”

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The song begins with an upbeat piano line and a soulful vocal run, but soon inflections of electronic instrumentation and crisp harmonies. The song eventually closes with a fading guitar solo that mirrors the fading of Drazen’s relationship.

Max Drazen is a pop artist on the rise, and it seems like more big things are to come from him in 2023. Check out the rest of Drazen’s discography on Spotify.

Make sure also to follow Max Drazen on Instagram and TikTok to keep track of all the latest updates, releases, and news on the rising young pop artist.

Lyndon Nicholas is a writer, educator, and blerd based in Brooklyn, NY. He is interested in covering music, entertainment, literature, pop culture, anime, and video games. He is also currently working on a collection of speculative short fiction. Keep up with his latest work by following him on Instagram at @ezlbreezy or checking out his website https://lyndonnichol.wixsite.com/website
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Lyndon Nicholas is a writer, educator, and blerd based in Brooklyn, NY. He is interested in covering music, entertainment, literature, pop culture, anime, and video games. He is also currently working on a collection of speculative short fiction. Keep up with his latest work by following him on Instagram at @ezlbreezy or checking out his website https://lyndonnichol.wixsite.com/website

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