Brooklyn bred DJ, radio host and journalist, Kieran Meadows, is sharing the perfect mix for the lovers, victims of heartbreak and all those in between. Pieces of My Heart mix includes a blend of genres and artists– from Biggie to Michael Jackson to Rayvn Lanae to ESTA. You can also expect a heathy amount of reggae sounds as well. The seamless flow of tracks throughout the mix is guaranteed to hit a sweet spot somewhere in your heart.
The Pieces of My Heart mix was made from a place of organic and sporadic creativity. One night, Kieran happened to be thinking of a few love songs that would flow well together. He immediately got up and began to synch them. Over time, this love mix was created.
The backstory of the mix stems from experiences of getting his heart broken. More specifically, a situation that made him realize stability in relationships are never promised. Everything could seem perfectly right before it turns horribly left. Kieran states, “Each relationship makes you grow and you learn lessons. I think that’s a great thing, even though you have to face the pain.” Kieran also refers to the the Japanese concept of the Kintsukuroi, a Japanese tradition of fixing broken poetry with laquer gold. Towards the end of the mic, you will hear an outro describing the connection between mending a broken heart and the Kintsukuroi.
Most notably, Kieran uses his vulnerability –specifically in love– to explore himself more. He used his experiences with love to help improve himself as a person. His Aunt commended him on opening himself up, especially as a man in this gendered role society, and rejecting things that don’t contribute to his happiness.
“Even if that means that your heart will break in a million pieces, that’s still something you should be proud of and that’s still something you should do.” -Kieran Meadows quoting his aunt
Kieran’s relationship with music is a love story of its own. He began DJing when he was fifteen years old, but put his interest in music went to the back burner after thinking it wouldn’t bring success. After a tough relationship split some years ago, he came full circle right back to music. Throughout his life, music has always been a constant, alongside his career in Journalism.
His love affair with music is still being written through a gig on Houston street in New York City called, The Refresh.
The Refresh is a weekly Monday night live radio DJ set with the best vibes of R&B, Reggae, Soul and Hip-Hop. To keep the show fresh, Kieran managed to go more than a year –seventy-five weeks to be exact– without ever repeating a song in a set! Vashtie has always been a loyal supporter and was also a featured DJ at the one year anniversary of The Refresh last March.
“Vashtie is good at telling the story of her own life and making herself very vulnerable in that. She brings back some of the NYC vibes back that I grew up with, when things were a little more warm, friendly and supportive. That was part of the downtown experience. She represents that way of being downtown.” – Kieran Meadows
Eventually, with the thought of love and connections in mind, Kieran hopes The Refresh will be the catalyst for creating strong bonds– using his recipe of an unpopular night to hang out and some great music selections to play cupid. I say, I think he’s on the right track.
To catch up with Kieran Meadows, be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @Kieranmeadows.
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Kieran Meadows – Pieces Of My Heart (Mix) TRACKLIST:
Jorja Smith — Something In The Way
Willie Hutch — Now That It’s All Over
BJ The Chicago Kid — Sweeter Everyday
BJ The Chicago Kid — On My Way To Your Heart
Erykah Badu — Love Of My Life (Kaytranada Remix)
Anderson .Paak – Without You (ft. Rapsody)
The Weeknd — I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk)
Michael Jackson – Loving You
Max de Castro — 1Flash
Justin Bieber — Let Me Love You (Ted Smooth remix)
The Notorious B.I.G. — One More Chance (Stay With Me) Remix
SiR — Queen
Toni Braxton – You’re Makin’ Me High
Nehzuil — I’m Feeling You
Snakehips — Falling (ft. Malika)
mr surf — un baile (remix of drake one dance)
SiR — Never Felt Anything That Good
Flamingosis — Finesse (Hey Baby)
D’Angelo — Feel Like Makin’ Love
Yellowlunarhuman — Nosleeeep
NAO — Adore You (ft. Abhi & Dijon)
Common — Love Star (ft. PJ & Marsha Ambrosius)
Ishawna — Forever
Amy Winehouse — Cupid
Barry Biggs — Love Come Down (cover)
Chronixx x Kelissa — Best Love (Remix)
Miguel — adorn riddim (esta remix)
dvsn — Too Deep
Popcaan — Fall In Love
Ravyn Lenae — Alive
Anderson .Paak — Room In Here (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)
Miguel — Come Through and Chill (prod. by Salaam Remi)
El Train — brokenhearted
ESTA — Call Me (ft. Hudson East)
Tekno — Pana
Burna Boy — Soke
GoldLink — Fall In Love (Pomo Remake)
Tory Lanez — Controlla (Kenny Meez remix ft. I-Wayne)
Skales — Temper
Naji — Fallen (Krs. Remix)
Mura Masa — Miss You
Palmistry — Lifted
Solange — Cranes In The Sky
Pieces of My Heart visuals shot by Brian Petchers (IG: @brianpetch)
Cover Art painted by Ambi67 5MH (IG: @brooklynsmoon)
Additional cover art design by Sajjad Musa (IG: @sajjadworks)