Vegyn

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Vegyn
Birth nameJoe Thornalley
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2013–present
LabelsPLZ Make It Ruins
Associated acts
Websiteplz.world

Joe Thornalley, known professionally as Vegyn, is a British music producer, DJ and graphic designer. He is known for his production work on Frank Ocean's Blonde and Endless. In 2019, he released a 90-minute mixtape titled Text While Driving If You Want To Meet God!. Later that year, he released his debut studio album Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds featuring guest appearances from fellow rappers JPEGMafia, Retro X, Jeshi and Freddie Gibbs.

Career[edit]

Vegyn was born in London. His mother worked as a graphic designer and his father was a musician and songwriter.[1] He began performing in 2013 while studying design at the London College of Communication[2] teaching himself how to make boom bap beats after encouragement from fellow musicians.[2][3] He later left university to focus on music [2] and created the electronic music label PLZ Make It Ruins, which released his debut extended play All Bad Things Have Ended – Your Lunch Included and the compilation tape PLZ Vol. 1 featuring underground London producers.[4]

Around the same time, he met fellow music producer James Blake during a 1-800 Dinosaur event at the now-closed London nightclub Plastic People. Vegyn gave him a USB of songs he had made under the Vegyn moniker.[5] Blake later played these songs on BBC Radio in 2014.[2][4]

Vegyn met Frank Ocean at the Plastic People club and was flown out to do production work on Ocean's studio albums Blonde and Endless.[2][4] He also hosted Ocean's Blonded Radio in 2017 and played one of his PREP+ nights in New York in 2019.[5]

His collaborations with Ocean opened up opportunities to work with other artists.[2] He has since contributed to albums such as Aminé's Good for You, Travis Scott's Astroworld and JPEGMafia's All My Heroes Are Cornballs. In 2019, he released the 71 track mixtape Text While Driving If You Want To Meet God! and his debut studio album Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds.

Discography[edit]

  • All Bad Things Have Ended - Your Lunch Included. (2014)
  • Janhui (2015)
  • Text While Driving If You Want to Meet God! (2019)
  • Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds (2019)
  • ODCD Alt Versions (2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gore, Sydney (8 November 2019). "Welcome to the World wide of Vegyn". Higshnobiety. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cliff, Aimee (3 March 2017). "Meet Vegyn, The 23-Year-Old Dance Producer Who Worked On Endless And Blonde". The Fader. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ Schube, Will (8 November 2019). "Vegyn, Frank Ocean Collaborator, Gets 'Frustrated With A Lot of Modern Electronic Music'". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Benjamin, Patrick (30 October 2019). "Vegyn is stepping out on his own". Dazed. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b Moen, Matt (14 November 2019). "Vegyn Is His Own Man". Paper Mag. Retrieved 19 January 2021.