Influenced by Justin Bieber’s superstardom, Bryson Tiller’s dynamic R&B/soul, and Shawn Mendes’s songwriting abilities, D. Muñoz hit the studio and recorded his first single, “Wait,” a fusion of R&B, dancehall, and trap, which he released independently in 2017. He followed that up with “Love Me,” a tender R&B song about missing an ex. What followed was a deep dive into his relationship with his “Love Me” muse. The result was the lovesick, R&B/soul-heavy EP Until Next Time, an effort that peaked on the iTunes R&B and Soul chart at No. 7. When the video for “Love Me,” which has garnered over 4.6 million views, dropped in February 2018, Muñoz cemented his place in the industry as the budding heartthrob of Colombian and Dominican descent with impeccable vocal range and a sweet, slick inclination.
Muñoz signed to Triangle Offense/Epic Records in April of 2018 and is now preparing for the release of his first major label EP, Moments, due out in early 2020. Focusing on “the moments that define us and make us grow,” says Muñoz, the EP explores lust, longing, and loneliness, and sees production from Jorgen Odegard (Pink, Imagine Dragons).
“Drink,” the first single off of Moments is a soulful groove about being intrigued by a girl on the prowl. The track, produced by Connor McDonough, is the perfect first outing for his new project, says Muñoz. He also attributes part of his growth as an artist to McDonough, who helped him achieve stronger vocal performance. His enriched lyric tenor shines through on the smooth “A Lil Nothin,” which samples Maxwell’s 1996 hit “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” and “Comfort,” a synth-soaked jam about coping with being alone. “I dove deep into my vulnerability for these songs,” says Muñoz, adding that he’s looking forward to performing them live and showing off moves he learned from choreographer JaQuel Knight, who has worked with Beyoncé and Britney Spears.
Raised by a single mother, Muñoz was brought up to value hard work. However, after signing his record deal, he felt he was playing a waiting game. “I wanted to release music fast,” he says. “Social media plays a big role in my impatience because I have a fanbase who ask for new music all the time. I didn’t want them to give up on me. But, spending a year working on this project has made me appreciate every moment and each record. It’s shaped me into the artist I am now. I want to have a 10+ year career in music, break records, win awards, take care of my family, and be one of the most successful artists of my generation.” Checkout our latest & exclusive interview with D. Muñoz.