Dawn Richard

Video: D∆WN – ‘Cali Sun’

D∆WN sets the screen ablaze in her new video for “Cali Sun.”

Teaming up with Rob Coin, the singer unleashes an animated “visualizer” for the uptempo cut, one that moves and bounces with the song’s every hypnotic shift. Premiering today via Rolling Stone, the vid allows D∆WN to get back to one of her first passions.

“I’m excited to go back to animation,” she said. “I started in animation with my own comics and drawing, and even the Danity Kane name came from a character I created in high school.”

As an independent artist, the former Danity Kane member has faced many challenges. “I’m doing this shit on my own, with no power of a name,” she explained. “Being indie means you hit a ceiling. You won’t get invited to the VMAs or the Grammys. I love that Chance the Rapper is breaking that mold, but as a black female artist doing the sound that I’m doing, you have to fight that much harder.”

D∆WN has been on a hot streak with innovative visuals of late. In June, she released the virtual reality and 2D versions of “Not Above That” and the fashion film for “Wake Up.” Before that, she launched YouTube’s first live 360-degree performance.

Watch D∆WN bring the heat with “Cali Sun.”