Dawn Richard is back and aiming to blaze with a brand new album ‘Second Line: An Electro Revival.’
Never one to be boxed in, the project – per its title – is anchored in Electronic sonics, but also sees the singer infuse elements of R&B, Funk, Soul, and Jazz. All with a New Orleans flare.
Speaking with Sope Soetan at Clash Magazine, the former Danity Kane diva opened up about the LP, igniting an Electro Revival as a Black artist, comfortability in her lane, and more.
Her words await below…
On Returning Home To New Orleans To Make ‘Second Line’:
“I couldn’t tell that story because I wasn’t authentically home. My city had shifted and become something else. I had to be re-acquainted with the new New Orleans and what it looks like now”.
On Her Sonic Goal With Her Album:
“That’s why I called it ‘An Electro Revival’. I’m trying to create a possibility where the pad and synth can be cohesive and live in the same world as the electric guitar, the trumpet, the trombone and even the vocal run.”
On Striving To Advance Blackness In The Electronic Sphere:
“So many of us know that we’re lacking here. I’m just hoping that the more noise I make, we can lift each other up and start moving the dial”.
On Not Being A Commercial Darling:
“There’s never a sadness that I’m not that. I’m aware that I don’t chart like everybody else. But I am free in this. I can dance in this. So, I play that freedom loud”. [Source]