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DAHL Releases DIY Video for ‘Can I Kiss You?’

Exploring the tender emotions accompanying the initial uncertainty in a burgeoning romance, Can I Kiss You? gets a similarly heartfelt video to accompany the track.


You might currently know Dahl better from his work as part of the multi-platinum group Cheat Codes, but as Trevor Dahl steps away and focuses on solo creative endeavours, it won’t be long before Dahl is a force to be reckoned with on its own terms. Bringing a catchy pop vibrancy attuned to the multi-faceted complexities of human emotion, his debut single Can I Kiss You? accurately captures the myriad of thoughts that rushes through one’s brain as they embark on a journey of new romance and kindling love.

Dahl says of the track:

I’m typically an outgoing person, and don’t get nervous when I meet people.. but I went on a date with a girl a couple of years ago, and I remember being completely taken aback and at a loss for words. I got nervous, could barely eat during our lunch, and probably made a fool of myself. I would see her every once in a while, and every single time we’d hang out, I was too scared to make a move. Whenever she left, I would be going crazy thinking “JUST DO IT DUDE, why are you so nervous to kiss this girl?!”. Months passed (at this point it had been about a year since we met) and out of nowhere I saw her out at a bar. We started talking and eventually went to grab a drink. I think the liquid courage may have helped quite a bit, but I eventually got the courage to go for it. Fast forward, we’ve now been dating for more than a year. I want all my solo music to tell these types of personal experiences and get people to know me a bit more…

I grew up performing in bands, or by myself with an acoustic guitar, and it’s been awhile since I’ve made that type of music. I wanted to go back to my roots and make music that was stripped down and based around the lyrics and vocals instead of heavy drops and big production.

He shares a self-shot video to accompany the track, and all of the pining emotions of the track are conveyed via visuals reminiscent of an old VHS. Speaking more of the video, Dahl shares:

I shot this at my childhood home in Portland and my brother and best friend helped me film it. The main room I shot in was where I recorded my very first song when I was 12 years old. Even though it’s a bummer not being able to have a big film crew during this crazy time we’re all dealing with, it was awesome to be able to create something back in the spot where it all started for me.