There are some songs that will instantly transport you away. And this is very much the case for the brand new release from Atlanta native DWN2EARTH. In “Vacation”, reverberating basslines, ethereal falsetto vocals and mesmerising psychedelic visuals make for an almost meditative full-sensory experience. Escape, in a song.
And 2020 is set to be the emerging artist’s year, with his debut album ATLANTIS out on 31 July, set to be more of the same thundering experimental R&B.
We caught up with DWN2EARTH and talked lockdown, the influence of his hometown of Atlanta, and what we can expect from the album…
Hi Earth, how is lockdown treating you?
It’s actually pretty interesting. I love it because it forces me to become more in tune with myself and my goals. A lot of things got put into perspective for me in this time.
How has it influenced your creativity?
It influenced me to understand music theory a bit, which I never understood or cared to understand. That’s gonna take my music to another dimension that I’ve been chasing for forever. I’ve been locked in no pun intended.
Your hometown of Atlanta is really influential on your music – how has it steered your sound?
Atlanta is embedded in me, it steers everything in me creatively. There’s so much history here, it’s in the water. I’m just a product of the greatness that Atlanta produces. Musically it gave me free range to do what I feel as long as it feels good. And the bass of course, no matter how beautiful the song, it gotta beat the block when we ride pass.
Was there one moment where you realised music was what you wanted to do?
Congratulations on your debut album ATLANTIS – what was it inspired by?
Thank You! It’s inspired by adversity, patience, and freedom. This album was created on an extremely broken computer. Each song on the album was difficult to record. I’d do a perfect run, but the CPU was so slow it wouldn’t record it. Endless buffering, plenty of times the computer would shut down in the middle of recording without me saving it. The computer was so bad it took me an hour to do adlibs, but that’s all I had so I made it work. Came out clean though.
What do you hope people take from it?
I want people to remove all genres from life they try to put on us. I want people to be more open, to be themselves. To like what they like and not care about explaining it to anyone else or categorising it. Do what you feel.
And your previous single “DAKOTA FANNING” – is it about the actress and why?
No, it’s some trap shit lowkey. A play on words.
What’s next for you?
I’m excited about the journey. I aspire to be the greatest to ever do it. I’m going to be the best, you’ve got my word on that. I’m going to show the world you can be the greatest and still keep your heart and soul pure. I’m excited to show the world that. What’s next for me, the takeover!