Dion Mckenzie, connue sous le nom de TYGAPAW, est une productrice, DJ et artiste, originaire de Mandeville, en Jamaïque, et basée à Brooklyn, à New York. Artiste polymathique injectant son héritage jamaïcain dans la techno, TYGAPAW opère aux intersections de ses racines musicales et culturelles.

Publié par l’intermédiaire du collectif N.A.A.F.I., le premier album de l’artiste « GET FREE » présente des singles « Run 2 U » et « Facety » avec les voix de Mandy Harris Williams et de TYGAPAW. Une collection de 11 pistes d’énergie cathartique percutante, le projet explore la joie noire, le démantèlement actif des limitations imaginaires, et l’éradication du doute de soi en utilisant des paysages techno. L’album a obtenu un large soutien de la presse: Resident Advisor, Mixmag (interview), DJ Mag (première, interview), Electronic Beats (interview), o32c (interview), DEKMANTEL (Artist Pick), Mixmag Japan, DAZED, DJ Mag Spain, XLR8R, The Vinyl Factory, Ransom Note, Pan African Music, Faze Mag, Metal Magazine et plus encore. Également l’artiste a reçu un soutien du côté de la radio: Amelie Lens (BBC Radio 1), Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music) ou encore Nemone (BBC 6Music) .

À l’avenir, TYGAPAW a prévu de sortir des disques sur le label new-yorkais Mister Saturday Night. Une artiste multidisciplinaire résolue à rappeler au monde les racines noires révolutionnaires de la musique électronique. TYGAPAW est destinée à devenir l’une des pionnières de la techno, à surveiller de très près.

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Dion Mckenzie known as TYGAPAW, is a Producer, DJ and Artist, originally from Mandeville, Jamaica, and based in Brooklyn, New York. A polymathic artist injecting their Jamaican heritage into techno, TYGAPAW operates at the intersections of their musical and cultural roots.

Released via influential Mexico City imprint N.A.A.F.I., debut album ‘GET FREE’, features singles ‘Run 2 U’ and ‘Facety’ with vocal features from Mandy Harris Williams and TYGAPAW. An 11-track collection of hard-hitting, cathartic energy, the project explores black joy, the active dismantling of imagined limitations, and the eradication of self doubt using techno landscapes. The album garnered an array of press support from the likes of Resident Advisor, Mixmag (interview), DJ Mag (premiere, interview), Electronic Beats (interview), o32c (interview), DEKMANTEL (Artist Pick), Mixmag Japan, DAZED, DJ Mag Spain, XLR8R, The Vinyl Factory, Ransom Note, Pan African Music, Faze Mag, Metal Magazine and more. The campaign also saw TYGAPAW contribute mixes for Crack Magazine, XLR8R and FACT, which Resident Advisor awarded Mix of the Day. Radio support from Amelie Lens (BBC Radio 1), Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Nemone (BBC 6Music) and more.

Previous releases ‘Ode To Black Trans Lives’ and ‘Handle With Care’ saw TYGAPAW release via Fake Accent, their own imprint and club night. Tracks from both EPs saw support from Dazed (interview, playlist), The Beijinger (interview), NYLON, Pioneer Works (interview), Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio 1), Jubilee (BBC Radio 1), Young Turks (NTS), Yaeji (NTS) and more. Debut EP ‘Love Thyself’, was released on NYC label Sweat Equity. Promo support from Vogue (interview), i-D (interview), FADER (interview), PAPER (interview), Mixmag (interview + mix), Vice (mix), Sway in the Morning (mix – Sirius XM) and more. Lead single ‘The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth’ accrued an array of radio support, with multiple plays from Benji B (BBC Radio 1), BAMBII (BBC Radio 1), PAN w/ Bill Kouligas + Eartheater (NTS). TYGAPAW has also previously contributed singles for release via NYC labels DISCWOMAN and MIXPAK, which garnered support from the likes of Pitchfork and FACT.

Live highlights include MoMA PS1, Boiler Room (Toronto, LA), RBMA Weekender (Montreal, LA), AFROPUNK, Toronto Pride, Moonshine (Montreal), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Miami), alongside NYC institutions Webster Hall, Knockdown Center, Brooklyn Museum, Bossa Nova Civic Club, Elsewhere, Nowadays and more. TYGAPAW has also embarked on tours in Asia, Australia and Europe, playing shows in London, Paris, Basel, Vienna, Berlin, Oslo, Seoul, Shanghai, Melbourne, Chippendale and Leipzig.

Having premiered at TIFF in 2020, TYGAPAW features as a lead alongside the likes of Sherelle and TOKiMONSTA in music documentary UNDERPLAYED. Directed by Stacey Lee, the film explores gender, ethnic and sexual equality issues in dance music and was released worldwide via Amazon.

TYGAPAW has future releases slated for NYC imprint Mister Saturday Night. A multidisciplinary artist resolute in reminding the world of dance music’s revolutionary black roots, 2021 is set to further cement TYGAPAW as one of the techno trailblazers to watch.