The Driver Era Enlists Friend Within For Silky Remix Of ‘Malibu’



Today, September 5th, alt-pop band THE DRIVER ERA enlisted UK dance veteran Friend Within (AKA Lee Mortimer) to remix their recently released single ‘Malibu’, the latest taste of their forthcoming project, ‘Summer Mixtape’, out everywhere on September 16th.. 

Stream Malibu’ (Friend Within Remix) Here – Pre-order ‘Summer Mixtape’ Here.

‘Malibu’ is a down-tempo track that brings the heat of warm summer nights with its bubbling bass line and entrancing production. Best known for his smash hit ‘The Renegade’, Friend Within has delivered an impressive dancefloor tune-up, retaining the warm, laid-back energy of the original, and introducing a steady house groove. The remix features shuffled percussion and uplifting piano keys, which perfectly compliment Ross Lynch’s vocals to create a silky smooth remix perfect for euphoric dance floor moments.

Featuring 11 brand new tracks – including the Rolling Stone-approved dance track ‘Keep Moving Forward (feat. Nikka Costa) and the nostalgic summer single Malibu’, ‘Summer Mixtape’ is currently available for pre-order on limited edition white vinyl, cassette, and CD formats. Pre-order Summer Mixtape Here.

To celebrate this milestone, The Driver Era are unveiling the official music video for their recently released single ‘Malibu’. Shot and edited by director Tate Warner, the sundrenched visuals follow Ross and Rocky Lynch on the California coast daydreaming about summer love. “‘Malibu’ is about reminiscing on experiences in the best locations,” the band says. “It’s about getting away. It’s the spontaneous trip you take with someone – maybe you knew them before, or maybe you’re meeting them for the first time”. Watch Malibu’ Official Music Video Here.

Anticipated by recent single ‘Malibu’, alongside its sundrenched music video – watch ‘Malibu’ official music video Here  – and the funky cut ‘Keep Moving Forward’, ‘Summer Mixtape’ is the follow up to the band’s second album ‘GIRLFRIEND’, which has seen support by the likes of Notion who praised the album as “their most inspired – and sonically diverse – body of work yet”, while Clash defined their sound as “vast alt-rock sound, with an endearing soulful groove”, with DORK praising “their ability to meld different genres while retaining that distinctive pop feel”, calling ‘GIRLFRIEND’ “a textured, smart modern pop rock record”.

Known for what Clash called, “intimate, high energy live show”, the band will bring their GIRLFRIEND WORLD TOUR to the UK – headlining for the first time ever – two nights at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 4th and 5th, before heading to Birmingham’s O2 Institute on October 7th and Newcastle’s University on October 8th. The tour will take the band to Glasgow’s O2 Academy for the only Scottish date, before touching Ireland to headline Vicar Street in Dublin on October 11th, before closing the UK leg of their worldwide tour at the Academy in Manchester. For tickets and VIP packages, please visit

Since their inception four years ago with their debut album Preacher Man’, The Driver Era have rocked up an impressive 300 million streams and 29 million combined social media followers, have released one studio album, three EPs and a series of critically acclaimed singles. With the heavily-anticipated ‘Summer Mixtape’, and an upcoming world tour – during which they will play shows in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK for the first time ever – The Driver Era are set to further their reach and become one of the defining bands of their generation.

OCT 4 – LONDON –  O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
OCT 5 – LONDON – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
OCT 7 – BIRMINGHAM – O2 Institute
OCT 8 – NEWCASTLE – University
OCT 10 – GLASGOW – O2 Academy
OCT 11 – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
OCT 12 – MANCHESTER – Academy

About The Driver Era:

Formed by brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch in 2018 while on tour with their former group R5, The Driver Era aim to embrace the present moment, creating songs that reflect each experience and feeling as it comes. It’s a philosophy that pervades all of the duo’s releases, from their debut single ‘Preacher Man’ to their 2019 album ‘X’ to their latest effort, ‘Girlfriend’. Their music showcases a variety of influences, including INXS, Bruce Springsteen and Prince, with their latest album featuring a diverse array of styles, notably pulling on the musicians’ love of hip-hop producers like Pharrell and The Driver Era’s fanbase has grown since their inception – encompassing both longtime fans R5 and new listeners – the band has accumulated an impressive 300 million streams, with over 29 million global followers on social media. As well as being one half of The Driver Era, Ross is also an acclaimed actor, best known for his role as heartthrob Harvey Kinkle in Netflix’s ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ and starring as the lead in the critically acclaimed biopic film ‘My Friend Dahmer’, after spending five years playing Austin Moon on the popular Disney Channel Original Series, ‘Austin & Ally’.