“Don’t Wanna Die Young” from Japanese-American singer, songwriter, and producer Shima.
Both residing in Tokyo, Shima and her co-writer Calica studied music together in college, and were inspired to write this song based on similar toxic relationships they had. For Calica, it was a boyfriend and for Shima, it was a roommate. The song is a commentary on the “life fast die young” mentality that plagues the music industry, and how easily you can get sucked into it via fun and wild yet careless and toxic people. Despite the heavy subject, the track is upbeat and hopeful, as leaving people can be seen as a new beginning rather than an end.
Listen to “Don’t Wanna Die Young” here: