YO! RAPS | HIPHOP & R&B 24/7 - ANYTIME, ANYWHERE | WWW.YORAPS.COM
Home  >  Features  >  Dawn Richard - Getting Closer To The Heart
Dawn Richard - Getting Closer To The Heart
Posted: Tuesday - January 15, 2013 | Comments: (0)
 

 Dawn Richard There isn’t much that you can do successfully in life without taping into your heart. It’s were your passion meets the burning desire to push beyond your fear. Dawn Richard knows a thing or two about pushing pass the fear and working tirelessly to fulfill her hearts desire.

 

There were 5, then 3, and now 1…From Danity Kane to Diddy-Dirty Money, Dawn is now embarking on her solo career. Coming from the 9th Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana this go getter was determined to carve out a piece of the music industry that she could rightfully call her own and she has earned it.

 

“All I knew was if I didn’t make it I was going back to the 9th Ward!” This solider is in warrior mode, with her armor on, her experiences and accolades as ammunition she’s ready for love and a little war.  She may be the only artist to leave Bad Boy with a clear vision and her relationship with Diddy in tactic.

 

Brave and unafraid to be herself, she talks about her upcoming project, Golden Heart, and even does a little girl talk, covering everything from tattoos to men. This platinum selling artist is no diva; she’s just as humble and down to earth as the girl next door but the intensity behind her purpose has set her apart. Dawn Richard is reaching out to her hearts (fans) and taking them with her on this journey one beat at a time.

 

Golden Heart is just around the corner with a January 15th release date, what should we expect from this much anticipated project?

 

You can expect everything that I’ve been dying to say for the past 6 to 7 years. It’s done in a way that’s aggressive! It’s almost battle like with the whole armor on, having a golden heart an armored heart, a heart of gold…It almost feels like a battle. You’re getting me in the fight of everything and I think you’ll see where I was trying to take everyone from the beginning. It’s me as a solo artist. It has a bit of a different sound but give it a little time. It’s a chance to see me as a solo artist.

 

 

What has your experience been thus far working with Altavoz as your distributor and what’s to come?

 

I really wanted to have a team to help me get my project into stores and to really take what was already a huge success in social media to the next level. I think when you see something like, Armor On do so well and be named for making a lot of lists of Best Of 2012, and having a large following off of social media alone the next step was obviously to have it in stores. We saw that we could make waves with just iTunes and Amazon, you know getting a billboard with just those avenues…it could only be better if we got it out and in stores. I want to be able to do in store signings and take the movement to a whole new level. For me it’s about being hands on with this project, it’s about going out and grabbing one heart at a time. We realize this is a job; it’s a job I love! And for me, I have to make my hearts want to buy my music. I don’t think it should come easy or that people should be expected to come rock with me. They don’t really know me on the solo level so I have to start from scratch regardless of platinum or #1 album’s that I’ve had. I’m coming at this as if I haven’t done anything. I want people to know that this is as much their baby as it is mine. Altavoz is helping me to share that.

 

You have an app coming to Android which seems like a dream come true for your fans, what do you hope to achieve with this?

 

It’s everything Golden Heart! It’s a more interactive way to get closer and closer to the heart. My whole vision is to be more than just the artist but to really connect with my fan base. There was a time when artist were very separate from their fans, then things appeared more grand, more celebrity like but that’s not for me. I want to be closer and hands on. Anyway to make my people feel apart of this movement is what I’m about.

 

How different is Dawn as a solo artist than Dawn apart of a group or team? What do you give us now that you couldn’t before?

 

Myself…I’m giving myself, my dance, my movement, my lyrics, a lot of the stuff I did with Danity Kane was manufactured. We were in a group and you had to understand what that meant and especially in Dirty Money. You know having someone like Puff in your group there are still ground rules, working with a label all that. You have a freedom but you’re still sharing a dream, you have to be respectful of their dreams and your own. And with this situation people are getting my dream in its entirety not the diluted version or shared version, they are really getting what I want to do musically and how I want to dance visually and how I want to look. They didn’t get that before, they got me aesthetically, in a group of something. I think when you are doing music as a solo artist you should give all of you or nothing. With this project you get to see me with no co-sign and its better because it’s stripped…this project is more than me as a solo artist its me as an independent artist. Away with the bells and whistles, smoke and mirrors…I’ve giving you me. It’s almost nice to be that raw because people will either like you, love you or hate you but they’ll know it’s you. I’m not asking people to love me because some people won’t, but those that do will appreciate what I’m trying to do.

 

 

Having worked with Diddy for as long as you have and in the capacities that you have…I know it’s impossible not to have taken on some of his traits. What of Diddy do you keep with you as armor in this business?

 

Hands down the work ethic…I came into this already hungry but having him as a boss and then group member made me that much more hungry. That hunger… no sleep the vampire life, that whole no holds bar, meticulous, perfectionist mentality. His mogul personality has most definitely rubbed off on me.

 

Now we all know you’re an amazing songwriter, tell us a few songs that you’ve written that people may not know are yours.

 

I wrote a really powerful song called, Perfectly Blind for Day 26 that I don’t think people really had a clue about. I know people aren’t aware that I was apart of majority of the songs on, Last Train To Paris. Shawn Garrett and I wrote, Loving You No More. Welcome to the Dollhouse had a lot of my influence. Once Puff saw that we could write we were allowed a little more creative control.

 

With no label, no budget, or features your EP hit #1, what does that say about you?

 

[Laughs] You will never get me to brag about me. I don’t really even like talking about myself. Danity Kane is in the Guiness Book of Records for being the first female group to ever have 2 #1 album’s back to back but I never say those things because I feel I shouldn’t have to. I have so much more work to do. I can’t take time to think about all the things I’ve done so far when I’m not done yet.

 

What’s the deal with this industry that you have too work so hard to prove yourself. You dance, sing, write all that but somehow others in the industry who don’t work nearly as hard get more shine. How is this possible?

 

I mean I don’t have an answer for that because I don’t do that. I don’t know how that all works out; for me I do everything I have to everything. Sometimes there’s a situation or climate when money talks more than anything else; however, it just so happens that I love to write, dance, and sing. But I can’t comment on other artist because clearly it’s working for them because there are many artists that don’t do any of that. Sometimes I think people don’t really care about that anymore, they just care about who they love not the logistics of everything. I don’t really focus on what I’m not apart of…Hey! I’m just thankful I can do all of it.

 

We’ve watched you grow up in a way, from Making The Band til now The Golden Heart! Would you do a reality show again? Why or Why not?

 

Oh of course but it would have to be done right. I think reality TV has changed a lot since we were on, now it’s a much different thing. I’m big on branding, you know the way we look, and how we look is important to me so I would want to make sure that was straight. No disrespect to anyone who does it differently. I’m a fan of what anyone else feels they have to do to make their life better. Everyone has a different journey but I worked so hard for people to take me serious after seeing me on Making The Band. From there til now has been a long journey for me. I had to prove that I wasn’t just a gimmick, the girl in the relationship, the ugly brown skin girl, or the puppet under Puff. I’ve had to overcome so many obstacles and there have been so many things people have tried to label me as, so I would need it done right. It was a long road to get to the place where people just say, “Yo! She’s dope!” It would have to be about the music as long as it’s about the music I’m good. If I do a reality show it would have to be something that had longevity, something that would stick…not just to sell an album. I’d want something iconic and legendary. You know what I would rather do a documentary. I pride myself in the fact that people say my videos have such good quality that they wouldn’t have thought I was independent. I worked hard to make that possible so I’d want to keep that image.

 

Speaking of Reality TV, what is your guilty pleasure? Which shows do you watch?

 

None but picture this…when I went home for the holidays my mom introduced me to Dance Moms that is a crazy f*cking show! Excuse my language I don’t mean to curse but I have to because that is a crazy ass show. [Laughs] Growing up my mom had a dancing school so in my mind I just thought we were a circus when we were growing up (like it was only us). But I realized the sh*t was just how we were. There are really other people in the world like that, the moms were freaking psycho. I don’t really watch reality TV let alone TV so that was my first time seeing that show and I couldn’t stop watching it. It wasn’t just me it was my entire family that’s how I knew it caught us off guard. The men in my family were even watching. We were all so disgusted when the episode went off but we watched the next one. It was one of those things were you want to turn away because you know damn well you shouldn’t be watching but you just can’t turn away because its so ridiculous. My mom started a dancing school when she was 21 years old, so being around it you see the moms but your like oh whatever it becomes normal and some of those moms were crazy but to see it again on TV…man! Oh but the talent was there, those girls are super talented. There was a new girl that they picked, Alley, and she’s from New Orleans. It was exciting to see how no matter what it is the talent from New Orleans is real, that was cool to see in the end.

 

You’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some great artist, but who are you longing to work with?

 

Wow! That’s a really good question. I’m a band girl I grow up on Rock & Roll like alternative rock. Man, Florence and the Machine and Bat for Lashes, are two bands and it’s so funny that they’re both lead by girls. I’ve always been a fan of bands with girls and those two right now are my favorite. I would really love to do something with them I just really love their sound. I love how eerie it is, it’s very reminiscent of what my sound is. I like to make people uncomfortable in a good way though, in the way that you feel something you’ve never felt before. And I feel both of those bands do something similar. The feeling is sometimes unnerving and gets under your skin…I would love to do music with them. One of my favorite records right now is off of Bat for Lashes’ new EP, it’s called, Laura. I listen to that song everyday, it’s a gorgeous record one of those one’s I wish I would’ve wrote. 

 

What is one of your most embarrassing moments as a performer?

 

Oh my god I’ve had so many its ridiculous! [Laughs] I’ll give you a recent one…I’m miss clumsy. I could literally run for miss clumsy! I was at a New Years party and I wore this amazing cat suit…I really really loved it, I was feeling myself I love fashion and I thought I was looking real cute…I had my Christian’s on; I was dancing thinking I was being cute, went down to do my little dip and tore the entire crouch of the cat suit! Everything was out! This is a normal thing for me, think of the most embarrassing things that could happen and they probably have happened to me! Serious!

 

How many tattoos do you have? Which one means the most to you?

 

I don’t even know anymore, I have an entire back piece but somewhere about 20. Every tattoo has a story; I would not change a single one. My back piece is definitely my favorite, it’s huge and it took three ten hour sessions. I’m just a huge tattoo and piercing girl, I love tattoos and piercing I continually get them. Its one of those things where normal people will probably go take a swim on their day off and I’ll probably go get a tattoo!  

 

I heard you say piercings, how many? And where is the strangest place?

 

I have close to 15 and I can’t tell you where the strangest piercing is. [Sneaky laugh] Yeah that’s me, it takes people by surprise because they have an idea of me but when you get to know me you see I’m not really like that idea. I’m really seen in the image of the show and I wasn’t trying to be a personality I was trying to win! I wanted my talent to stand out so people only got one side of me. They don’t really know the tattoo loving  potty mouth! I curse like a sailor…my mom passed that trait down to me. [Laughs] People don’t really know that part and that’s ok but it’s a part of who I am.

 

What movie could you watch over and over?

 

Tank Girl! I’m such a tomboy. It was such a girl empowering movie, it was tongue and cheek, it was disrespectful, ridiculous and tacky…It was perfect! 

 

Tell me the worst pick up line you’ve ever had used on you?

 

Oh Girl…I don’t know if it was a pick up line but it was the worse. This is what this dude said to me…he was like do you cook and I told him yeah I’m from New Orleans, so he continues by saying, “Oh I was just saying because if you didn’t there is another girl in here that’s capable of taking your place.” Now mind you we weren’t kicking it or nothing that was just how he came at me! So my thing was like he already started at a negative 12 and saying that took him to a negative 35! [Smacks Lips] I gave him a point back for being that bold though! [Laughs]  That’s what I get on a normal basis; the dating scene is so whack. I always get the ones with the gold teeth, sank breath, and jerry curl trying to holler at me! 

 

- By Alysha “AP” Price

 
 
Home  >  Features  >  Dawn Richard - Getting Closer To The Heart
Dawn Richard - Getting Closer To The Heart
Posted: Tuesday - January 15, 2013 | Comments: (0)
 

 Dawn Richard There isn’t much that you can do successfully in life without taping into your heart. It’s were your passion meets the burning desire to push beyond your fear. Dawn Richard knows a thing or two about pushing pass the fear and working tirelessly to fulfill her hearts desire.

 

There were 5, then 3, and now 1…From Danity Kane to Diddy-Dirty Money, Dawn is now embarking on her solo career. Coming from the 9th Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana this go getter was determined to carve out a piece of the music industry that she could rightfully call her own and she has earned it.

 

“All I knew was if I didn’t make it I was going back to the 9th Ward!” This solider is in warrior mode, with her armor on, her experiences and accolades as ammunition she’s ready for love and a little war.  She may be the only artist to leave Bad Boy with a clear vision and her relationship with Diddy in tactic.

 

Brave and unafraid to be herself, she talks about her upcoming project, Golden Heart, and even does a little girl talk, covering everything from tattoos to men. This platinum selling artist is no diva; she’s just as humble and down to earth as the girl next door but the intensity behind her purpose has set her apart. Dawn Richard is reaching out to her hearts (fans) and taking them with her on this journey one beat at a time.

 

Golden Heart is just around the corner with a January 15th release date, what should we expect from this much anticipated project?

 

You can expect everything that I’ve been dying to say for the past 6 to 7 years. It’s done in a way that’s aggressive! It’s almost battle like with the whole armor on, having a golden heart an armored heart, a heart of gold…It almost feels like a battle. You’re getting me in the fight of everything and I think you’ll see where I was trying to take everyone from the beginning. It’s me as a solo artist. It has a bit of a different sound but give it a little time. It’s a chance to see me as a solo artist.

 

 

What has your experience been thus far working with Altavoz as your distributor and what’s to come?

 

I really wanted to have a team to help me get my project into stores and to really take what was already a huge success in social media to the next level. I think when you see something like, Armor On do so well and be named for making a lot of lists of Best Of 2012, and having a large following off of social media alone the next step was obviously to have it in stores. We saw that we could make waves with just iTunes and Amazon, you know getting a billboard with just those avenues…it could only be better if we got it out and in stores. I want to be able to do in store signings and take the movement to a whole new level. For me it’s about being hands on with this project, it’s about going out and grabbing one heart at a time. We realize this is a job; it’s a job I love! And for me, I have to make my hearts want to buy my music. I don’t think it should come easy or that people should be expected to come rock with me. They don’t really know me on the solo level so I have to start from scratch regardless of platinum or #1 album’s that I’ve had. I’m coming at this as if I haven’t done anything. I want people to know that this is as much their baby as it is mine. Altavoz is helping me to share that.

 

You have an app coming to Android which seems like a dream come true for your fans, what do you hope to achieve with this?

 

It’s everything Golden Heart! It’s a more interactive way to get closer and closer to the heart. My whole vision is to be more than just the artist but to really connect with my fan base. There was a time when artist were very separate from their fans, then things appeared more grand, more celebrity like but that’s not for me. I want to be closer and hands on. Anyway to make my people feel apart of this movement is what I’m about.

 

How different is Dawn as a solo artist than Dawn apart of a group or team? What do you give us now that you couldn’t before?

 

Myself…I’m giving myself, my dance, my movement, my lyrics, a lot of the stuff I did with Danity Kane was manufactured. We were in a group and you had to understand what that meant and especially in Dirty Money. You know having someone like Puff in your group there are still ground rules, working with a label all that. You have a freedom but you’re still sharing a dream, you have to be respectful of their dreams and your own. And with this situation people are getting my dream in its entirety not the diluted version or shared version, they are really getting what I want to do musically and how I want to dance visually and how I want to look. They didn’t get that before, they got me aesthetically, in a group of something. I think when you are doing music as a solo artist you should give all of you or nothing. With this project you get to see me with no co-sign and its better because it’s stripped…this project is more than me as a solo artist its me as an independent artist. Away with the bells and whistles, smoke and mirrors…I’ve giving you me. It’s almost nice to be that raw because people will either like you, love you or hate you but they’ll know it’s you. I’m not asking people to love me because some people won’t, but those that do will appreciate what I’m trying to do.

 

 

Having worked with Diddy for as long as you have and in the capacities that you have…I know it’s impossible not to have taken on some of his traits. What of Diddy do you keep with you as armor in this business?

 

Hands down the work ethic…I came into this already hungry but having him as a boss and then group member made me that much more hungry. That hunger… no sleep the vampire life, that whole no holds bar, meticulous, perfectionist mentality. His mogul personality has most definitely rubbed off on me.

 

Now we all know you’re an amazing songwriter, tell us a few songs that you’ve written that people may not know are yours.

 

I wrote a really powerful song called, Perfectly Blind for Day 26 that I don’t think people really had a clue about. I know people aren’t aware that I was apart of majority of the songs on, Last Train To Paris. Shawn Garrett and I wrote, Loving You No More. Welcome to the Dollhouse had a lot of my influence. Once Puff saw that we could write we were allowed a little more creative control.

 

With no label, no budget, or features your EP hit #1, what does that say about you?

 

[Laughs] You will never get me to brag about me. I don’t really even like talking about myself. Danity Kane is in the Guiness Book of Records for being the first female group to ever have 2 #1 album’s back to back but I never say those things because I feel I shouldn’t have to. I have so much more work to do. I can’t take time to think about all the things I’ve done so far when I’m not done yet.

 

What’s the deal with this industry that you have too work so hard to prove yourself. You dance, sing, write all that but somehow others in the industry who don’t work nearly as hard get more shine. How is this possible?

 

I mean I don’t have an answer for that because I don’t do that. I don’t know how that all works out; for me I do everything I have to everything. Sometimes there’s a situation or climate when money talks more than anything else; however, it just so happens that I love to write, dance, and sing. But I can’t comment on other artist because clearly it’s working for them because there are many artists that don’t do any of that. Sometimes I think people don’t really care about that anymore, they just care about who they love not the logistics of everything. I don’t really focus on what I’m not apart of…Hey! I’m just thankful I can do all of it.

 

We’ve watched you grow up in a way, from Making The Band til now The Golden Heart! Would you do a reality show again? Why or Why not?

 

Oh of course but it would have to be done right. I think reality TV has changed a lot since we were on, now it’s a much different thing. I’m big on branding, you know the way we look, and how we look is important to me so I would want to make sure that was straight. No disrespect to anyone who does it differently. I’m a fan of what anyone else feels they have to do to make their life better. Everyone has a different journey but I worked so hard for people to take me serious after seeing me on Making The Band. From there til now has been a long journey for me. I had to prove that I wasn’t just a gimmick, the girl in the relationship, the ugly brown skin girl, or the puppet under Puff. I’ve had to overcome so many obstacles and there have been so many things people have tried to label me as, so I would need it done right. It was a long road to get to the place where people just say, “Yo! She’s dope!” It would have to be about the music as long as it’s about the music I’m good. If I do a reality show it would have to be something that had longevity, something that would stick…not just to sell an album. I’d want something iconic and legendary. You know what I would rather do a documentary. I pride myself in the fact that people say my videos have such good quality that they wouldn’t have thought I was independent. I worked hard to make that possible so I’d want to keep that image.

 

Speaking of Reality TV, what is your guilty pleasure? Which shows do you watch?

 

None but picture this…when I went home for the holidays my mom introduced me to Dance Moms that is a crazy f*cking show! Excuse my language I don’t mean to curse but I have to because that is a crazy ass show. [Laughs] Growing up my mom had a dancing school so in my mind I just thought we were a circus when we were growing up (like it was only us). But I realized the sh*t was just how we were. There are really other people in the world like that, the moms were freaking psycho. I don’t really watch reality TV let alone TV so that was my first time seeing that show and I couldn’t stop watching it. It wasn’t just me it was my entire family that’s how I knew it caught us off guard. The men in my family were even watching. We were all so disgusted when the episode went off but we watched the next one. It was one of those things were you want to turn away because you know damn well you shouldn’t be watching but you just can’t turn away because its so ridiculous. My mom started a dancing school when she was 21 years old, so being around it you see the moms but your like oh whatever it becomes normal and some of those moms were crazy but to see it again on TV…man! Oh but the talent was there, those girls are super talented. There was a new girl that they picked, Alley, and she’s from New Orleans. It was exciting to see how no matter what it is the talent from New Orleans is real, that was cool to see in the end.

 

You’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some great artist, but who are you longing to work with?

 

Wow! That’s a really good question. I’m a band girl I grow up on Rock & Roll like alternative rock. Man, Florence and the Machine and Bat for Lashes, are two bands and it’s so funny that they’re both lead by girls. I’ve always been a fan of bands with girls and those two right now are my favorite. I would really love to do something with them I just really love their sound. I love how eerie it is, it’s very reminiscent of what my sound is. I like to make people uncomfortable in a good way though, in the way that you feel something you’ve never felt before. And I feel both of those bands do something similar. The feeling is sometimes unnerving and gets under your skin…I would love to do music with them. One of my favorite records right now is off of Bat for Lashes’ new EP, it’s called, Laura. I listen to that song everyday, it’s a gorgeous record one of those one’s I wish I would’ve wrote. 

 

What is one of your most embarrassing moments as a performer?

 

Oh my god I’ve had so many its ridiculous! [Laughs] I’ll give you a recent one…I’m miss clumsy. I could literally run for miss clumsy! I was at a New Years party and I wore this amazing cat suit…I really really loved it, I was feeling myself I love fashion and I thought I was looking real cute…I had my Christian’s on; I was dancing thinking I was being cute, went down to do my little dip and tore the entire crouch of the cat suit! Everything was out! This is a normal thing for me, think of the most embarrassing things that could happen and they probably have happened to me! Serious!

 

How many tattoos do you have? Which one means the most to you?

 

I don’t even know anymore, I have an entire back piece but somewhere about 20. Every tattoo has a story; I would not change a single one. My back piece is definitely my favorite, it’s huge and it took three ten hour sessions. I’m just a huge tattoo and piercing girl, I love tattoos and piercing I continually get them. Its one of those things where normal people will probably go take a swim on their day off and I’ll probably go get a tattoo!  

 

I heard you say piercings, how many? And where is the strangest place?

 

I have close to 15 and I can’t tell you where the strangest piercing is. [Sneaky laugh] Yeah that’s me, it takes people by surprise because they have an idea of me but when you get to know me you see I’m not really like that idea. I’m really seen in the image of the show and I wasn’t trying to be a personality I was trying to win! I wanted my talent to stand out so people only got one side of me. They don’t really know the tattoo loving  potty mouth! I curse like a sailor…my mom passed that trait down to me. [Laughs] People don’t really know that part and that’s ok but it’s a part of who I am.

 

What movie could you watch over and over?

 

Tank Girl! I’m such a tomboy. It was such a girl empowering movie, it was tongue and cheek, it was disrespectful, ridiculous and tacky…It was perfect! 

 

Tell me the worst pick up line you’ve ever had used on you?

 

Oh Girl…I don’t know if it was a pick up line but it was the worse. This is what this dude said to me…he was like do you cook and I told him yeah I’m from New Orleans, so he continues by saying, “Oh I was just saying because if you didn’t there is another girl in here that’s capable of taking your place.” Now mind you we weren’t kicking it or nothing that was just how he came at me! So my thing was like he already started at a negative 12 and saying that took him to a negative 35! [Smacks Lips] I gave him a point back for being that bold though! [Laughs]  That’s what I get on a normal basis; the dating scene is so whack. I always get the ones with the gold teeth, sank breath, and jerry curl trying to holler at me! 

 

- By Alysha “AP” Price

 
 
   
 
   
Your Name:
 
Your E-Mail or Website URL:
 
Your Comment:
 

Note: Enter this code to post a comment
Security Image

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 



Cam'ron - Dumb Bitch
Plays: (3689)




 
 

 

Yolo Bilf - Rear View
Views: (17376)
 

Flauce - Idols
Views: (14430)
 

IamCompton - Run Dat
Views: (10137)