"Hanging out with crews of guys, it's not the coolest thing to say, 'Yo, I sing – have you heard that Boyz II Men record, that new Usher or Ginuwine?'" Daley explains.
"And a lot of the stuff that we loved in R&B was way older than we were," Jefferies adds.
"Most of the people we were hanging with weren't actually listening to that R&B." The two connected in Toronto's music scene in the years before Drake released So Far Gone, the mixtape that set him on the path to stardom.
"When we were sending songs to people, the A&R or the manager would respond back and be like, 'This sounds done – whose song did you send me?
But the group initially kept Daley's identity a secret, hinting only that Dvsn was a Nineteen85 side project, a tried and true strategy for heightening listeners' curiosity at a time when all information is just a Google search away.