WeTransfer premieres exclusive new Kamasi Washington track
As Kamasi Washington gears up to release his first new music since 2015, WeTransfer premieres his new track Desire and presents an interview with the artist about the thoughts behind it.
Two years after his acclaimed debut album The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington is returning with his new EP, Harmony of Difference. It will be released on Friday, September 29, via Young Turks but today WeTransfer can premiere an exclusive new track. “Desire” is the first track of a six-song suite which makes up the EP.
WeTransfer has created a specially-designed page on This Works to host the new track and explore the ideas behind the project. In an exclusive interview with WeTransfer, Kamasi Washington also shares his thoughts on fashion, identity, and the joys of keeping things in the family.
Damian Bradfield, President/CMO WeTransfer says:
“We’ve been a supporter of Kamasi Washington throughout the year and we’re proud to have played a small part in the realization of his project. WeTransfer features a lot of amazing music, art and film on our platforms and ‘Harmony of Difference’ is a project that combines all of these elements. We are delighted to be offering a first listen of ‘Desire’ from the Harmony of Difference EP”.
Harmony of Difference premiered as a multimedia artwork at the 2017 Whitney Biennial with a film by A.G. Rojas and paintings by Kamasi Washington’s sister, Amani Washington. Made in partnership with WeTransfer Studios, the film features scenes of Kamasi’s native Los Angeles.
The new music is an original six-part suite that explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity.
WeTransfer makes tools to move ideas. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with 2M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste® (with 40,000 active teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with more than 25M downloads), and the original web platform with 50M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.
From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means having a responsible data policy and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.
Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.
Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste® and expanded its US presence to New York City.