Guest Mixtape & Interview: Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard aka D∆WN is one of the most electrifying phenomena in the independent music scene. Hailing from New Orleans, currently living in Los Angeles, the queen of pop new wave has been releasing some of the most forward-thinking music of our times. When Dawn is not busy breaking pop star narratives, she loves to play around with Pacemaker and drop some kick-ass mixtapes. Read our interview with the fabulous and super inspiring Dawn while you’re listening to her latest selection.

 

Dawn Richard / D∆WN

 

You’ve recently finished your North American Redemption Tour, how did it go?

Everything went well. We curated a stadium show in small venues, it worked out amazing. Each city brought its own flavour!

‘Redemption’ was the final chapter in The Heart Trilogy. How did it feel to close this circle

It felt like taking a large exhale. I did what I said I would do and with no major machinery. I’m proud of that.

What are you working on currently?

I already have a new album on the way as well as some creative and tech business endeavours.

You came a really long way from working with P. Diddy in Danity Kane to collaborating with Machinedrum in your latest releases. How is your audience keeping up with you?

I have an amazing movement that is open to evolution and transformation. It’s who I am as an artist and I’m grateful they rock with me!

Going independent after topping the Billboard is definitely a ballsy move. What do you think, after trying out both sides, are the biggest challenges and benefits of having control over all the aspects of your work?

I like both sides, I appreciate being my own boss though. I like to have creative freedom to not only perform but work in design, animation, tech and film.

Do you have a dream collaboration you would like to make it happen?

Hans Zimmer would be a dream. I’d like to collab on scoring an independent film.

We will also soon be able to see you on the silver screen as the main lead in Jean-Claude La Marre’s ‘Kinky’. How did you end up in this role and how did you enjoy yourself in this new challenge?

I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone. This was an opportunity to do that.

How do you relax when you’re not doing anything music-related?

I’m always working. Always!

You were born in New Orleans and you’re currently living in Los Angeles. Is there anything you miss from home sometimes?

I miss everything about New Orleans. LA and NOLA are two completely different waves. LA is my work home, NOLA is my soul home.

What are your favourite spots in LA?

Love The Broad, The Last Bookstore and Real Food Daily.

How does a regular day of yours look like when you’re not touring?

Designing set designs, animating for my series, djing for my NTS radio show and yoga if I have the time.

How do you discover new music nowadays? Do you buy records or you prefer digital formats and streaming?

I still buy records, I’m in love with the vinyl sound.

Name 3 artists whose sound you really like at the moment.

Afefe Iku, Kaytranada, Sampha.

Tell us a bit about the selection in your latest Pacemaker mixtape ‘NewSchool’.

I wanted to show love to the different females killing the game. Some indie, some major, all needed.

You’ve been playing around quite a bit with Pacemaker. What do you like the most about the  app, what are your favourite features and what would you like to improve?

I love the mixing options! I love that it gives you references on what compliments your picks. I’d love to be able to speed and slow tracks down in the app, really hoping that can be added! 🙂

 

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Tech & Deep House Rhythms 💥

Meet the Pacemakers! Read our chat with @joebrokken + listen to some great tech & deep house

 

 

Ever wondered who your Pacemaker friends really were? Where do they live, what do they do when they are not busy creating amazing mixtapes? Well, it’s time to get to know them a bit better! To break the ice, we spoke to everyone’s favourite @joebrokken. Read our chat & play his latest mixtape, where vaporwave meets Jimi Hendrix and experimental electronica is the new funk!

 

 

We just can’t get enough of @stevemodz’s heated tech and deep house selections. Expect the unexpected, effortless transitions and some of the hottest vibes with Hot Since 82, Sonny Fodera, Lupe Fuentes etc. Play this at your house party for maximum satisfaction!

 

 

@gbread’s first Pacemaker+ mixtape totally deserves a spot in this week’s best of the best. Just like your favourite double shot espresso – it’s hot and simmering, packed with super energetic bass & tech house grooves, deep bangers and a blast of club-ready beats.

WHOISJODY & Poolside Deep House Essentials 🍹

Weekend warmup with some vicious vibes, WHOISJODY is back with another impressive deep house mixtape.

 

 

Our one and only WHOISJODY just released his new single ‘Grand Philly Hustle’ on Taylor Made Recordings. This was the perfect timing for yet another impressive deep house mixtape, setting a proper uplifting mood with his new single as the opening track. Give it a spin and hustle around these smooth summer vibes.

 

 

@incognito mixed up a mighty fine party mixtape by using tracks he discovered in other Pacemaker users’ mixtapes. The ‘❤️ track’ button is indeed magic! Here are your favourite tech and deep house heroes, lots of Spinnin Records gems, Hot Since 82, Weiss (UK), Adana Twins.

 

 

What places pop into your mind when you think about pools, beaches and parties? Probably something like Miami or Ibiza, right? @stevemodz’s massive deep house selection invites you to dance wherever you are and still feel like you’re attending the world’s best party.

Dirty Disco Radio & Dope Deep Sounds

The vibe doctor is back with another fabulous deep house mixtape. Let it blow you away!

 

 

Dirty Disco Radio is already a familiar name in the Pacemaker community – Kono Vidovic is our go-to person when it comes to the most carefully curated deep house tracks, someone you can trust with fixing your groovy needs. Our vibe doctor is now back with another fabulous mixtape that soothes both body and mind. Let him take you on a trip to the magical world of rhythms with this bootylicious and relaxing selection.

 

 

Sweet summer melodies coming from @trip_c’s mixing kitchen. Contains all the perfect ingredients for relaxing, chilling or partying, blended to perfection. It’s always quite a task to mix vocal tracks but he took the challenge and slow-cooked it for you to enjoy. Dance, pop with a hint of EDM.

 

 

Be it from sunrise to sunset or from sunset to sunrise, this tech house and techno goodie bag won’t disappoint your thirsty ears. @capturingphi knows his music and he shows off his mixing skills as well in this Pacemaker+ mixtape. No rest for the wicked!

Three Groovin’ House Mixtapes

Groovylicious house with a touch of hip-hop from three legendary Pacemaker users.

 

 

It’s always tough when daily life happens and @stanfitz is away from the Pacemaker decks. He celebrated his return with a smashing deep house mixtape – a selection and style that only he can carry out so masterfully and consistently. Great to have you back!

 

 

@illtino is another legend who needs no introduction. He’s one of the pillars of the community and this mixtape should be your main inspiration when it comes to discovering the perks of Pacemaker+. Mashing up hip-hop over house beats, the result is marvellous!

 

 

@samuelnatal79 posted 45 mixtapes so far – he’s not only dedicated when it comes to creating but also when it comes to listening to others’ mixes and giving feedback. His latest selection contains the finest of house music, opening and closing with Carl Cox and building up groovy, playful rhythms inbetween. Give it a spin!

 

Stay inspired, keep your mixtapes coming – next week it could be your turn!

Create mashups with 30 million tracks! 💥

We got MASSIVE news! Crop tracks, refine your mix and create unique mashups. Update now in App Store – you’re in for a treat!

 

Jay-Z’s legendary audio engineer, Young Guru and his Era of the Engineer team supports what Pacemaker embodies: “At Era, our mission is to empower the builder and Pacemaker gives everyday people a tool to be creative with music. Since it’s a mobile app, anyone can now create an incredible professional sounding mixtape or mashup from anywhere in the world.” – says Jerald Cooper, co-founder of Era of The Engineer.

Check out Young Guru’s first Pacemaker+ mixtape

 

Young Guru

 

Pacemaker+ includes:

– Studio ✂️
Crop the beginning and end of tracks, set your mix on more precise levels – phrase, bar and beat. You get 500 sessions for free to get a taste of the Studio. 

– Profile Badge 💎
Be cooler than anyone else with a fancy Pacemaker+ badge.

Cool new features:

– Undo Your Mixtakes 🔧
Everyone makes misteaks but not everyone can fix them. You can now fix it all with Undo.

– New Play-Marker  ▶️
The new play-marker jumps exactly where you want it to. Finally!

– New Waveforms 🌊
Pretty, nifty and more functional!

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, send us an e-mail! (hi@pacemakerapp.com)

Deep House & Chill = ❤️

 

Three fabulous mixtapes for the perfect love triangle: deep, house and chill!

 

 

To quote @proudspark’s description of his own mixtape: “WOW. Just #wow.” This is a spot on summary of just how nifty this mixed bag of goodies turned out. He mixed his own Discover Weekly recommendations from Spotify and let himself be surprised by the results. Push play and let yourself marvel at how easy it can be to have a top notch selection for your mixtape! 😍

Featuring: Borrowed Identity, John Talabot, Yuksek

 

 

“May cause an unsafe rise in blood pressure” – warns us @capturingphi. We turned ourselves into lab rats in order to find out the truth and we’re proud to share the results: this mix does what it says on the can! A gourmet selection of the finest deep house delicacies, ready to take you deep down the rabbit hole. 🐰

Featuring: Disclosure, Amtrac, Møme, Tube & Berger

 

 

@ntropy is a producer, DJ and evil doer residing in Melbourne, Australia. He started his mix series when he joined Pacemaker and been blessing us with new episodes ever since! The journey continues with his latest selection, perfectionist as always – deep house and progressive house flawlessly mixed into an hour-long fervent voyage.

Featuring: Hot Since 82, Leon Vynehall, Detroit Swindle, Purple Disco Machine

The Best Uplifting EDM Mixtapes

Whether you are winding down after a long day or getting ready for the weekend, we have what you need to set the tone.

👇🏿👇🏾👇🏽👇🏼👇🏻👇
 

@acn is fresh meat on Pacemaker, the kind you should approach with curiosity, taste with high expectations and support with all your earbuds! He’s born to be a DJ and his excellent mixing skills come with the greatest attention to track selection.

Featuring: The Chainsmokers, Oliver Heldens, Zedd, Alan Walker, Robin Schulz

 

The man, the myth, the legend: @illtino. Whether you are desperately waiting for the summer to arrive or you’re already deep into the tropical heat, this mixtape sets the perfect mood for every temperature. Fire it up!

Featuring: Jax Jones, DJ Snake, R3hab, Jerome, Riton

 

Whether you are winding down after a long day or already getting ready for the weekend, this fresh progressive-house-EDM selection is what you need to set the tone. The talented @djkem joined Pacemaker a week ago and he’s hopefully here to stay. Welcome!

Featuring: Monstercat, Project 46, Vicetone

Mixtapes of the Week #20:
Ambient Moments, Electronic Madness

 

We have it all covered for you: one mixtape for soothing your spirits, one for lifting them up and one for treating your booty!

 

Serein is an independent record label based in Wales, the UK. It was founded by Huw Roberts in 2005, focusing predominantly on crossover ambient styles and delicate sounds. Fun fact: the name Serein was taken from a meteorological dictionary, it is used to describe ‘fine rain falling from a clear sky after sunset’. This is exactly how the music sounds too, this mixtape will soothe you immensely.

To find out more about Serein, check out our interview with Huw about running a label, the perks of Spotify and exciting new releases!

 

How much awesomeness can you fit in 47 minutes? Apparently a lot. @tefoden dedicated a whole mixtape to the legendary Warp Records who’s been serving as the home of some of the best electronic musicians for the last three decades. Fun fact: he even included some other electronic giants (Hyperdub, Tri Angle). Go crazy with this selection that contains everything from Autechre through Burial to M.I.A.

 

Confession is a music label run by French future house pioneer Tchami. @willvernon created a perfectly mixed selection of the finest tracks released on the label. The perfect introduction! Fun fact: Tchami started using the term ‘future house’ as a tag on his SoundCloud posts which later became recognized in the electronic music industry. Tag your mixtapes, shape the future!

Pacemaker is more social than ever! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

 

Check out what’s new on the latest Pacemaker and download / upgrade in the App Store.

 

 

– Notification Center 🔔
Keep up with your network in the notification center! Here you can see your new followers, comments or if someone remixed your mixtape.

– New Comments Layout 💬
The comments got a nice little facelift, so now you can see all the previous comments when you are writing your own.

– New Discovery Icon 🌎
Explore the world of mixtapes through the new discovery icon.

– Pause Button ⏸
Unsure if your mixtape is playing or not? The revolutionary pause button will make it super obvious!

– New Creation Onboarding 🎨
Learn how to use the app with our new kickass onboarding.