Woke Up Late

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"Woke Up Late"
Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld - Woke Up Late.png
Single by Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld
from the album Drax Project
Released21 January 2019 (2019-01-21)
  • Devin Abrams
  • Shaan Singh
  • Matt Beachen
  • Ben O'Leary
  • Sam Thomson
Producer(s)Devin Abrams
Drax Project singles chronology
"Woke Up Late"
"All This Time"

"Woke Up Late" is a song by New Zealand band Drax Project, originally released in November 2017. It reached number 15 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and was included on their 2018 EP Noon. It was re-released in a version featuring Hailee Steinfeld in January 2019, as part of their self-titled debut album, and charted in Australia and on the US Mainstream Top 40.


The band said that it "cross[ed] our minds while writing it as to how it might work as a duet -- with a female voice telling her side", and so they reached out to Steinfeld as they liked her songs "Starving" and "Let Me Go".[1] iHeartRadio noted how the song "tells the story of sleeping in after a wild night out, realizing you're at someone else's house".[2]

In March 2019, the version featuring Hailee Steinfeld was featured in an episode of CBS's MacGyver.[3] In May 2019, a remix of the song by Sam Feldt was released.[4]

In September 2019, Drax Project re-recorded the song for Waiata / Anthems, a collection of re-recorded New Zealand pop songs to promote Māori Language Week. The new version, retitled "I Moeroa / Woke Up Late", featured lyrics reinterpreted by scholar Tīmoti Kāretu.[5] This version reached number six on the New Zealand artists' singles chart.[6]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was released to the band's YouTube channel on April 9, 2019. It was directed by Jonathon Singer-Vine and filmed in Los Angeles. It features American YouTuber Liza Koshy.[2][7]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard called the song a "fizzy pop track" and complimented both the band and Steinfield's "sweet falsettos".[1] Idolator labelled the song a "hit" and an "anthem", and said Steinfeld's feature "adds another perspective to the ode to a developing relationship".[8] The Official Charts Company named Drax Project "one to watch" and said the track "gives a pretty good impression of their overall sound", which it described as a "healthy mix of pop, dance and hip-hop".[9]


Original version[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 15

Duet version[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 35
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 29


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] 2× Platinum 140,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15] 2× Platinum 60,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Reitman, Shelby (21 January 2019). "Drax Project and Hailee Steinfeld Drop Bubbly Pop Anthem 'Woke Up Late'". Billboard. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Fields, Taylor. "YouTuber Liza Koshy Stars in Drax Project's "Woke Up Late" Music Video". www.iheart.com. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  3. ^ "MacGyver - S3E17 "Seeds + Permafrost + Feather" Music and List of Songs". What-song. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  4. ^ Thomas, Langston (3 May 2019). "PREMIERE - Sam Feldt Delivers Refreshing, Upbeat New Remix Of Drax Project's "Woke Up Late" Ft. Hailee Steinfeld". This Song Is Sick. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Waiata / Anthems". iTunes. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  6. ^ "NZ Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  7. ^ Alston, Trey. "Liza Koshy Dances With Drax Project's Shaan Singh In 'Woke Up Late' Video". MTV News. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  8. ^ Nied, Mike (21 January 2019). "Hailee Steinfeld Partners With Drax Project On 'Woke Up Late'". Idolator. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ Ainsley, Helen (1 March 2019). "One To Watch: Drax Project". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Drax Project – Woke Up Late". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  11. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Hailee Steinfeld Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  15. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Drax Project feat. Hailee Steinfeld – Woke Up Late". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 10 March 2019.