wynter gordon's summer tour diary
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Throughout the summer, we're following around some of our favorite bands and DJs as they head out on tour. In each installment, these road dogs will be sharing a photo diary and sharing stories about what they do, see, and hear and eat while criss-crossing the country and the globe. Next up: Wynter Gordon, the singer-songwriter whose collaborated in the past with Major Lazer, and even wrote the title track for Mary J Blige's "The Breakthrough" as a teenager. Currently hard at work on a new project, Wynter & The Righteous Young, the artist has been busy in the studio laying down tracks for their upcoming album and working with her latest collaborator -- A$AP Ferg. She took some time away from recording to play a show last week at Williamsburg's Glasslands -- her first with the new project -- and here, she tells us how it went.

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That's my friend Phil adjusting my dress. We call him 'Style by Phil.' He convinced me to wear that dress, because I never wear dresses! I'm an A-cup and I never wear those, but he pulled it up tight and made me cute. He's an amazing person.

wg-7856.jpegThat's our prayer circle. We always pray before every show, asking God for peace, that everything works. We want a good vibe. As an artist, you want things to go right. Music, for me, is all I have. It's my one thing, my baby. It's different now in some ways, since it's been a year from the last time I performed. Then, I was still growing up, trying to figure myself out. Now, I know who I am. It's my vision.

wy-2-8.jpegI'm always nervous, but especially since it's been so long since I went onstage. I'd forgotten how it felt. I came out to "Everything Burns." I had to pace the stage a little bit since it was my first time in a year. I didn't look up until it was over. But once I was onstage and it came out, it felt like home. I let go.

wy-2-4.jpegThis picture is home, that's definitely home. I had a Kanye moment, you know where he's like 'Where my lights at?!' I was waiting for the lights to go off and for the strobe lights to appear. I was trying to make it a bit more epic, so I brought strobe lights. I see it as a bigger show. I wanted it to be like that scene in The Matrix where they're partying in Zion, like that.

wy-2-19.jpegThat was when I didn't realize the set was over, so I kind of just did a jam. We don't even practice sometimes at rehearsal, we just wanna play. I love to hear them [ The Righteous Young] play, they're so good. This time around I'm only working with who I love, like my band mates and A$AP Ferg. He and I gel really creatively; he thinks outside of the box more so than anyone I've worked with so far in hip-hop. He's like a brother to me, he's so down-to-earth and open.

wy-2-10.jpegHere I played an oldie-but-goodie, "Still Getting Younger." It's a fan favorite, I always get requests to play it from Twitter and Instagram. It feels like summer, it makes my set better. I wrote that song with Nick Littlemore from Empire of the Sun. When I went out to London a few years back, I went to his house and I was kind of depressed at that time. I was making electronic dance music and I wanted to make something else. Nick was like, 'You can do whatever you want, you're an artist!' He's so crazy, he had on like a trench coat and an afro, and made me fish and beans, it was delicious. After that, we went on a very inspiring trip to Israel and Egypt together.

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