Toronto based artist Shan Vincent de Paul (SVDP) unveils the first single from his upcoming debut album, Saviors, due out Spring 2016. An emotional and powerful moment of enlightenment for Shan, “Die Iconic” was recorded and filmed the day after the birth of his daughter, Remedios X Vincent de Paul. The one-take video underscores the urgent and deeply personal content of his message.
SVDP draws no separation between the music and visual presentation in his work. Equally inspired by filmmakers such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Terrence Malick as he is by musicians such as Bjork, Kanye West, and Miles Davis.
Born in Sri Lanka, SVDP and his family fled as refugees from civil war, eventually emigrating to Toronto. His Sri Lankan background emerges through his distinct aesthetic choices, inspired by traditional African and Indian textiles, reworked into contemporary fashion. With heavy use of religious imagery and cultural references, Shan’s art is heavily inspired by his unique background and Toronto’s multiculturalism.