The past two years have been a rollercoaster for Dallas. He signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music NYC in 2011, releasing second album The Rose Tint in the US soon after, and touring throughout North America with hip hop duo Aer. A spot at the notoriously hard-to-get-into SXSW Fader party.
Big-ups from Kanye West and adds to MTV America and Australia. Short listing for New Zealand’s highest songwriting accolade, the Taite Prize. A tour of New Zealand with P-Money, and the release of his “Buffalo Man” EP.
Not wanting to rest on laurels, the start of 2013 saw Dallas enter the studio with production whizz kids Fire & Ice; note book in hand. Diamonds are made under pressure and in four months, Dallas had twelve unparalleled finished tracks to put his name to.
D.Dot talks a big game but he’s still a storyteller. Themes on Falling Into Place range from epic Django Unchained tales of escape on first single Runnin’, to his tribute to the streets of South Auckland, Southside. Arguably the biggest innovator in hip hop New Zealand has seen in two decades, Dallas has once again turned his eagle eye to finding new and unusual talent to mix in with his own.
On The Wire and The Gate he collaborates with alt. pop icon Ruby Frost, the tracks bookending the album (both songs had been demo-ed a year before ‘that’ TV show, to quell any notions of bandwagon-jumping). Elsewhere in the tracklisting, up-and comers Spycc and Rokske rub shoulders with long time wingmen Sid Diamond, Mareko, PNC and US superstar rapper Freddie Gibbs.
With his second album The Rose Tint, David Dallas made new rules for how a record should be sold and marketed.
Produced: Fire & Ice, tracks 5 and 11 by Nick ‘41’ Maclaren.
Engineered: Evan Short (P-Money, Aaradhna)
Wednesday 18th December – Causeway Bar, Perth
Thursday 19th December – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday 20th December – Bondi Beach Road Hotel, Sydney
Saturday 21st December – The Espy, Melbourne