Taken from Dyan’s compelling upcoming album Stand, Be My Revolution is a synth-infused slice of post-punk that uses political awakening as a metaphor for falling in love. “I realised that this awakening feels a lot like falling in love and vice versa,” Dyan explains, “you are terrifically excited, a little scared and yet full of hope for a future you can’t quite imagine. Social movements are often motivated by tragedy and injustice, but there is a sense of joy in finding other people who can make you see the world in a different way, who you can stand side by side with in the march towards somewhere better. With Be My Revolution, I wanted to channel that joy and intensity.”
At the beginning of lockdown, Dyan was attacked by a man on the streets of Berlin in broad daylight. She recognised that her already precarious safety as a woman was even more threatened by pandemic circumstances. Dyan elaborates, “I arrived home, fortunately safely, and felt overwhelmed by my own experience, by reports of increased domestic violence and the exploitation of female labor at the frontlines of the pandemic response.” With Stand, Dyan hopes to channel her emotional response and create something that would make herself and others feel powerful again.
Dyan Valdés is a Cuban-American musician living in Berlin. She is a founding member of indie-rock band The Blood Arm (2002-2017), synth-punk trio Mexican Radio (2017-) and plays keys in German Hamburger Schule legends Die Sterne (2012-). Stand is her debut solo album. Dyan played all instruments on the album, which she wrote at her Berlin home in lockdown. After spending much of her musical career being the only woman in the room, Dyan chose to work exclusively with women on this project: production, engineering, post-production, design, styling, film, photography, and promotion.
Stand will be released by R.I.P. Ben Lee Records on 11 February 2022.