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Paper Diamond: We wrote "Wylin" in the back of a bus

Paper Diamond
Paper Diamond
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Alexander Botwin, better known by the name Paper Diamond, has been touring almost non-stop for the past decade, bringing his eclectic exhibit of multigenre sounds to stages across the globe. This Saturday Paper Diamond will drop his bass-heavy beats onto the dance floor of Mill City Nights, giving us a much needed hot and steamy respite from the frigid outdoors. He will be joined by fellow EDM hard hitters LOUDPVCK and Branchez.

Botwin describes the concept behind Paper Diamond as that of a piece of origami. "No matter what the shape is -- whether its simple or more complex -- its art," he says.

Paper Diamond
Paper Diamond
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Botwin fondly recalls being taken to violin lessons at a very young age by his mother, a piano teacher. In high school he studied music theory, then attended college for production. After college he played bass and handled production in Pnuma Trio, an electronic music group recognized for their interesting spectrum of sounds.

During this time, Botwin was constantly working on his own music as well. He decided to begin focusing on his solo work and touring under the name Paper Diamond, releasing Levitate in 2011 on the Pretty Lights Music label. Botwin finds creative inspiration in "everything." His unique genre-bending mixture of hip-hop, dubstep, trap and dance beats garnered the attention of Mad Decent label mastermind Diplo. "Basically, Diplo called me up and wanted me to do some songs," he says. Thus, a partnership made in EDM heaven was born.


The result of this pairing has been an onslaught of hits, including a 3 track EP titled Wavesight and the 11-song Paragon EP. This year, Paper Diamond appeared on Diplo's BBC Radio show to showcase a collection of brand new and exclusive tracks, along with Mad Decent label mates TWRK, who will be headlining later this March at First Avenue during Bassgasm 10.

While on tour, Botwin maintains his daily routine of consuming and creating new music. Last week, Paper Diamond and tour mates LOUDPVCK released their brand new track "Wylin." "We wrote the song entirely in the back of the tour bus," Botwin tells Gimme Noise. "We all passed the laptop back and forth, each adding to it until we had the finished product."

 

"Wylin" is a massive trap music anthem, sure to have partygoers and Mill City Nights losing their minds to its intense bass line and rising and falling crescendos of electro-trap madness. The event itself will be a demonstration of why Diplo has claimed that a festival isn't complete without booking Paper Diamond. "We're bringing an insane light show, and our own sound gear," Botwin says. Impressive light shows are an incorporative element of Paper Diamond performances, and Botwin uses iPads and MIDI signals to control all of the LEDs and live visuals from the stage. Expect nonstop energy and a serious amount of sub bass.

Paper Diamond
Paper Diamond
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Upon completion of this tour, Botwin anticipates taking a much needed break from performing (aside from a few already-scheduled festival appearances) in order to spend some serious time working uninterruptedly on new music. "In my time off, I wake up and do my normal everyday things, then head into the studio to search for new music, and work on my own new music. My taste is always evolving," he says. His plan is to continue releasing new material, promising to keep trap-heads around the globe satisfied for a long time to come.

Paper Diamonds performs this Saturday March 1 at Mill City Nights with LOUDPVCK and Branches. 18+, $18 advance, $20 day of show.


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