PRESS RELEASE: BERWYN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “I’D RATHER DIE THAN BE DEPORTED”
BERWYN RELEASES NEW SINGLE
“I’D RATHER DIE THAN BE DEPORTED”
(BERWYN by Frank Fieber)
Last year saw Trinidad-born, Romford-raised rapper, singer, songwriter and producer BERWYN released his critically acclaimed debut mixtape “DEMOTAPE/VEGA,” alongside standalone single “Vinyl,” and a sold-out UK tour, his year culminated with an inclusion in the prestigious BBC ‘Sound of’ Poll (and subsequent final placing of number three).
He recently set out his stall for 2021 with the release of “100,000,000,” earlier this month – today he follows up with his stunning new single and accompanying video for ‘I’d Rather Die Than Be Deported’.
‘I’d Rather Die Than Be Deported’ is the latest account of BERWYN’s vividly penned memories documenting the journey he took to get to where he is now. When his brother recently asked him if he would genuinely rather die than be deported he replied that “it’s not really about that, it’s about being so below everything that you’re more or less not there. It’s about putting everything so far below ground that you may as well not exist.” The track explores the theme of ‘solitude’ that runs throughout his most recent set of recordings with BERWYN explaining, “without actually saying the words lonely or alone, I’m exploring the details of the situations I found myself in.”
“DEMOTAPE/VEGA,” was released in September 2020. Inspired by an early life of trials and adversity and fuelled by a diet of toast, weed and insomnia, BERWYN wrote and produced the 10 tracks that made up the tape in “a shithole flat” in just two weeks; though it distils a lifetime of experiences living on the fringes of London life. It is raw and authentic yet held together with positivity and hope.
Featuring the singles “GLORY” and “TRAP PHONE”, “DEMOTAPE/VEGA,” received accolades from the likes of Complex, GRM Daily, The FADER, Pitchfork and HYPEBEAST and radio support from the likes of Radio 1 and 1Xtra. It also saw BERWYN deliver one of the year’s best TV live performances, with a powerful version of “GLORY” for Later With Jools Holland that caught the attention of Drake, as well as multiple teachers around the country who contacted BERWYN to request song lyrics to analyse in English classes at school.
BERWYN in the press:
“One of the most hyped new artists in the UK” ~ The Face
“A Magnetic moment, marking himself out as one to watch” ~ The FADER
“His page is filled with snippets of pensive, unreleased songs, stripped down to the pianos and guitars he taught himself to play. “GLORY,” the first release of a forthcoming mixtape, fulfills their promise” ~ Pitchfork
“BERWYN speaks with unflinching, compelling honesty about his life and experiences” – Pigeons & Planes
BERWYN has a story to tell and he does so in an unforgettable manner… His rapping is as cathartic as Dave and his singing is as ghostly as James Blake” ~ HYPEBEAST
“BERWYN has had an astonishing year” – TRENCH
“BERWYN has quickly cemented himself as one of the most interesting and innovative emcees to come out of the UK in quite a while. Featuring previous cuts ‘TRAP PHONE’ and ‘GLORY’, the ten-track project captures BERWYN’s heartwarming delivery and soothing tones over rich, expansive soundscapes.” – COLORS
“BERWYN captivates the listener with ease, using a truly raw vocal flow that has us hanging off every word spoken.” – GRM DAILY
“One of the most prestigious talents for 2021.” – BRITISH VOGUE
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