D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) is one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style via a tirelessly independent route.
D∆WN’s album Blackheart was FACT Mag’s #1 album of the year, and was in Best Album of 2015 charts by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, LA Times, Spin, Elle, Noisey and The Guardian, who called it “the most ambitious and revelatory album of 2015”.
In January 2016, she released the single ‘Not Above That’ (3,000+ sales, 1,200,000 streams on Spotify), and she followed it with a series of show-stealing shows at SXSW (at the Pitchfork, Spin, FACT and Hype Hotel showcases). She also collaborated with Kingdom for ‘Honest’, which received Pitchfork’s Best New Music.
In April 2016 D∆WN became the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, as part of YouTube’s collaboration series with The Verge. She also partnered with Wired for the release of a virtual reality version of ‘Not Above That’, and curated her own Boiler Room in London, performing from a specially-build LED pyramid.
In November 2016 D∆WN released her new album Redemption, which featured on Best of 2016 lists from Pitchfork, The Quietus, PopMatters, Vulture, PASTE and more, and was listed in Rolling Stone’s 10 Musical Renegades of 2016. She followed the album with a full 2017 US and European tour and played Pitchfork Music Festival, Sonar and more, and officially joined Adult Swim as a curator and designer.