Pride 2021 (DJ Mix)

Tygapaw

Pride 2021 (DJ Mix)

Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based Tygapaw makes techno with a defiant attitude: It’s banging but also guided by mindful purpose, intent upon lifting up her peers and predecessors. She made her Pride mix at home in Brooklyn, where she has spent the duration of the pandemic. She tells Apple Music, “My goal when making mixes during this particular time in history is to leave a sonic trail of breadcrumbs for the listener to get an idea of how chaotic life has been globally.” The downtime hasn’t been all bad; with touring on hold, she’s had the opportunity to focus on her craft, writing and recording an acclaimed album, Get Free, that appeared on Mexico’s NAAFI label in November 2020. “It was a very affirming experience for me and gave me a bit more confidence to overcome the fear of putting my music front and center in my DJ sets,” she says. “‘Run 2 U’ has become an unexpected club banger without clubs being open, and I genuinely love to see it. I love making music that defies the odds, much like the person making the music. It’s the underdog techno anthem. It’s a song about facing myself and acknowledging who I am in my entirety. It’s about acknowledging that I’m trans and have always been and that I can finally shed that layer of fear that prohibits us from acknowledging ourselves.”

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