DMC & IDGY DEAN
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (co-founder of Run-DMC) and one-woman powerhouse Idgy Dean have announced their upcoming joint performance at the renowned Brooklyn immersive performance nightclub, House of Yes, on January 10th, 2019. The event is the first of a string of happenings weaved together by a common aim: shedding light on the patterns of addiction in the creative community, and disrupting an industry-wide affliction that has stolen the lives of immeasurable talents.
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Lindsay Sanwald (aka Idgy Dean) collaborated on a new track together at Platinum Sound with engineer Serge Tsai (Wyclef Jean, Gucci Mane, Mary J. Blige) this past spring, and their new single, “Remember This – 3 into 4,” is scheduled for release on January 11th, 2019. Sanwald’s genre-bending inflections, “layers of lush instrumentation and hypnotic vocal meditations that beg you to get lost in their folds” (Village Voice) and the hip-hop icon’s unmistakable flow shine exceptionally on the song’s steadfast chorus, akin to a hymn to sobriety, “Remember this, here’s what you can’t forget.”
The two’s newly formed partnership can be traced back to this year’s SXSW, where DMC invited Idgy Dean to close his headlining set and sing Steven Tyler’s part in “Walk This Way.” After their first collaboration, they quickly discovered that they had more in common than their mutual respect for each other’s artistry: both performers have taken a path to recovery through sobriety.
“The whole world aches when we lose our great creators to suicide, overdose, depression, and substance abuse. Hedonistic oblivion has been the assumed path for those called to the stage, but we have an opportunity to correct that narrative.” shares Sanwald. “There is no shortage of cool and clean mentors in our ranks, the new rebels, superhero role models who march to a beat of a different drummer. Yet awareness is rare about who in the spotlight is a success story of sobriety, when it is precisely this kind of revelation that has the power to rescue lives. Shame and stigma be damned, this is a counterculture celebration, and we are not going to be shy about our survival.”