LA-based, Baltimore-born singer dijon is set to break your heart (and warm your soul) with vocals that'll hit you where it hurts.
His latest single, CRYBABY, talks about his emotional vulnerability, and is deeply relatable - and features a great music stop-motion video to match.
He started making music when he was 15, and 11 years later, the practice has clearly paid off. He told i-D about the first song he ever made, saying, “I made a lot of beats but the first songs I ever properly wrote were with a friend named Sean Danaher in a group called Red Hat. They were bonkers. I think the first one with words was called Dog.”
2019 was a busy year for dijon - he released his debut solo EP, Sci Fi 1, as well as a string of singles post-EP release. Speaking about the EP to i-D, dijon says he chose the name because “I love science fiction so I thought it was kind of funny".
As for bands he's into? He's a fan of The 1975. “I think The 1975 are cool and have some nice songs. I like She’s American a lot, and Love It If We Made It sounds just like The Blue Nile, so I’m down for that.”
Dijon's lyrics cut straight to the point, and this is something he's always focused on. He told Hunger, "I try not to be big on metaphors or flowery stuff. I don’t know whether its escapism or just comfort, because when I grew up listening to music it was comforting to be a little more vulnerable, even when you’re listening, to hear somebody vulnerable makes you feel vulnerable and comfortable. I hope that’s what mine does, but that’s the goal."
Looking long-term, dijon has a clear goal in mind. He told Office Magazine, "my 10-year goal is just to really establish myself, my voice and myself as just something very new. I have no respect for traditionalism, to be honest with you. I just think it's probably just because we all grew up in an age where everything's smashed together. My goal is — in the way that kind of Prince would do it — create a language for myself, not really anybody else's, that allows me to explore song structure and melody and lyrics in a very specific way that can't be really effectively emulated." Dijon is all about being himself, and being his own artist.
2020 promises to be a big year for dijon. We're hoping for some more new music to ring in the new decade, and given dijon's recent singles, his next project is shaping up to be a must-listen. He says his next project is how do you feel about getting married? and that it's not too far away at all. We can't wait to hear it.
next drop is called “how do you feel about getting married?”
Love u all it’s almost done peace :$
— Dijon (@dijondijon_) January 14, 2020