Last week, Paper Diamond partnered up with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival to release an exclusive premier of his new single with Christian Rich, “XIX” featuring vocals by Angela McCluskey – and the response has been off the hook!
Billboard named the single as their pick of the week, while Vibe Magazine stated how well “Mccluskey’s dream-state vocals are laid over down-tempo bass harmoniously making “XIX” an ambient house mix that teeters on turning trap”.
XIX, the new single from the forthcoming EP Paragon, is a collaboration between Paper Diamond and the much celebrated LA production duo Christian Rich that features vocals from Scottish songstress Angela McCluskey of Telepopmusik fame. According to Paper Diamond, “It’s a darker, moodier song which is a bit of a different direction than other pieces on Paragon”, but he’s thoroughly excited with the outcome and we trust that you will be too.
As the excitement builds around the Boulder based, genre defying Paper Diamond’s first ever appearance at Bonnaroo this June, the festival follows in support by premiering the official video for XIX. Directed by The White Buffalo and Christian Rich, the video is more like a short film, which reflects the single’s darker side of the Paragon EP – set to release April 16, 2013 on Elm and Oak.
Paragon will feature a range of production, instrumentation, and collaborators all weaved into Paper Diamond’s signature style. While “genre-defying” is an overused word, Paper Diamond is one of those rare artists who truly pulls it off, seamlessly weaving together genres as diverse as electro, trap, funk, dubstep, house, moombahton and hip-hop. During the past two months, while on tour with Excision, Paper Diamond has been dropping some of the new songs on stage, including another single “They Can’t Tell Me Nothing” which has caused crowds to get all railed up into a frenzy. According to Paper Diamond, “It’s one of the rowdiest parts of the show.” The single features original verses from Texas rapper J Fresh. A few weeks back, Paper Diamond exclusively partnered with This Song Is Sick who offered up this first tasty sampler and boasted, “This has all the signs of being a festival anthem. The song starts with a peculiar stabbing synth that sets the mood of the track. It builds more energy and drop in some chopped up rapping adding the perfect touch. The drop hits and doesn’t let up, then bringing in the eerie synths once more.”
With the 2013 festival season upon us, Paper Diamond also announces new festival dates as continues his nationwide tour with Excision.
Remaining Tour Dates with Excision:
4/03 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson
4/04 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
4/05 – Richmond, VA @ The National
4/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
4/08 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
4/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair
4/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
New Festival Dates:
5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp
5/25 – 5/27 – Detroit, MI @ Movement Festival
6/07 – 6/09 – New York, NY @ The Governors Ball
6/08 – 6/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Moonrise Festival
6/13 – 6/16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
7/11 – 7/13 – Mariahville, NY @ Camp Bisco
Paper Diamond is making quite a name for himself, and it comes as no surprise to those familiar with his endlessly creative music that the name Paper Diamond itself carries. As he simply put, “Paper Diamond draws from an origami concept in that If you have a piece of paper, whatever your diamond shape is (simple or complex), that’s YOUR art. For me musically speaking, whether it’s simple or has a lot of layers, it’s my self-expression. Paper Diamond is art”.
Skill and versatility has landed Paper Diamond on stage with some of the biggest names in the game, as he has been personally selected as an opener by the iconic Bassnectar, newly-minted superstar Skrillex, EDM mainstay Pretty Lights, and now dubstep heavyweight Excision. The hip-hop community has also welcomed Paper Diamond with open arms – recent collaborator, Big Boi gave him a shout-out in Vibe Magazine, and his track “The 40 Thieves” had an exclusive premiere on Jay-Z’s Life + Times. In an interview with Life + Times, Paper Diamond said “I’ve been taught that music is a conversation. I personally use music to express my voice”.