Dan Whitlam’s ‘Paper People’ Carries A Quiet Power

Get to know the South London spoken word artist...

South London artist Dan Whitlam has shared powerful new track ‘Paper People’.

The performer uses social media to spread his music, sharing ideas and demos online. Blending UK rap aspects with spoken word, Dan Whitlam embraces creativity as a means to overcome trauma – he was stabbed when he was 16 years old, and suffered a collapsed lung.

Word is already out on this brave talent, whose first UK tour has sold out – including shows in Manchester, Bristol, and London’s historic Union Chapel.

Out now via Needwant, ‘Paper People’ blends his evocative rumination on the fragmentation of a relationship to downcast, atmospheric production from Oscar Moose.

House of a deeper than deep shade, check out the poetry behind ‘Paper People’ after the jump.

I don’t know if we can be friends.  
Not like you imagined anyway.  
Cos…
That would mean writing over what we were. All those rose tinted days.  
And, turning it into something less special
and slightly more mundane.  
A lower level, of pain where you no longer want me as your lover.  
But, wanna hold onto my best bits while your chest hits the arms of another.
I don’t think we can be friends.
But then everyone says it will get better with time.  
A cruel irony cos…
the thing about time is it takes time.

Photo Credit: Wilfred Carter

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