DonChristian at Boffo Fire Island Performance Festival last Saturday. video Anders Clausen. -- DonChristian released his debut album 'Where there's smoke' last month. It's outstanding. Please check it out on the usual channels (spelt as one word) Read an interview here http://www.papermag.com/donchristian-2589902893.html
This is the intro to the interview:
When Philadelphia native-turned-New Yorker DonChristian Jones released his new album, Where There's Smoke, early July, there was an explosion of news around the country's immigration crisis, and people were becoming more willing to examine America's genocidal history. Not long after that, Sacha Baron Cohen was "punking" the nation's most problematic Republicans by getting them to say exactly what they believed. And just this week, we've learned of the hate-motivated murder of Nia Wilson by a white supremacist. But, as Donald Glover reminded us, This is America. Enter Jones, a 28-year-old who sees the ways of the world and makes genre-defying hip-hop that affirms his place in it and uplifts the voices of people who are often marginalized.
For his music, Jones draws from his own life story and the intersectional lived experiences of Black, queer, and trans people, inspired by bossa nova, jazz and artists ranging from Aphex Twin to Animal Collective. Jones' latest LP is about emotional intimacy, but it also shows that he's a powerful example of what effective LGBTQ allyship can look like — highlighting the voices of trans women like artists Chae Buttuh and Ms. Boogie, rather than shouting over or sidelining. Also an adept visual artist with a painting degree from Wesleyan University, who has shown and performed in esteemed NYC spaces like The Whitney Museum, MoMA Ps1, and Webster Hall, Jones takes a hands-on approach to his work as an activist. Most recently, he worked with youth inmates at Rikers Island to paint a series of murals. (You can find one such recent mural, below). Read on as the multidisciplinary artist shares insight with PAPER about his new album's world-weary musings, why Pose is revolutionary television, Azealia Banks' musical ingenuity, and the beauty ...#donchristian