INTERVIEW: DALI

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Matt – Very good thank you, thanks for having us! 

Jack – Yeah, wicked. Enjoying the release and keeping busy! Like Matt said, thanks for having us. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You Are Not The One”?

Matt – You’re Not The One is a song we’ve been sitting on now for probably about 4 months and we felt now was the best time to release it.  The song demonstrates my personal feelings and opinions on topical issues that surround us in daily life. It is very political, yet I also feel the song is very personal as well, but with the song being the way it is, I think the lyrics and music speaks for itself. I don’t like breaking a song down too much, I think letting the listener make up their own mind and perception is how it should be. Rather than forcing any ideology or alibi down their throat. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Matt – Going from being a student and then thrown in the deep end and having to become an adult very quickly made me very aware of the world around me and all the problems we all face. I guess to some degree you could say brexit and global warming did also have a hand to play in the conception of the song, but they were in no way the paramount inspiration. I wanted this song to be a statement. No beating around the bush, very bold in its delivery. I feel that’s what it required to emphasise the matters we speak of. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Ewan – Yep! It’s already out, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/kNPRweVVTqs

How was the recording and writing process?

Matt – We record with Jack at Echo Room Studios in Bournemouth, he’s done all the Dali tracks. One of the most talented, down to earth producers I’ve met. He really cares about the music, so the process is super relaxed. I couldn’t recommend him higher. 

Jack – Yeah I will echo everything Matt just said. Jack is incredible at what he does and we couldn’t ask for a more genuine and passionate person to work with. 

Ewan – Writing the song was so much fun because it just happened to be one of those days where everything felt really natural. The jumping off point was the main bass/guitar riff and we ran from there and it all clicked into place. God knows not all our writing sessions are so smooth but on that day it just worked out.

Pete – Just to emulate what Ewan said this song was really fun to write I think we knew very early on that this “idea” (as it was at the time) had huge potential and when you experience that kind of atmosphere in the room everything just falls into place because you have that solid platform to work on. But also like Ewan stated it doesn’t always go this way. 

Recording with Jack from Echo Room Studios is always a great experience couldn’t fault him in any way. We’ve definitely got a strong relationship with him and he knows us really well and in terms of knowing how we want our music to sound we are very much on the same wavelength.

What role does Salvador Dali play in your music?

Jack:  The role Dali himself plays in our band is more through my own love of his work. I am a fan of many artists, older and more current, but Salvador has always caught me differently. I have always loved his creativity, his thought process and his talents. He inspires me, so, I named the band after him as almost gesture of appreciation to his work and what he has done for me as an artist.

How has Don Broco and Mallory Knox influenced your writing?

Matt – We we’re actually lucky enough to support Mallory Knox last year and the show itself was amazing, I couldn’t fault it or their performance. However, with all due respect I don’t feel like either band has influenced me personally within Dali, although both are great bands. 

Ewan – While I do really enjoy both of those bands I wouldn’t say they are huge influences. I think we attract a similar audience to the both of them but our individual music backgrounds are so varied it’s hard to single out even just a couple influences.

Peter – I believe we do attract similar audiences but as far as writing and performing music I don’t see a great deal that connects us. I’m definitely an admirer of both bands but musically I’d struggle to compare us. I wouldn’t even know who to compare Dali to. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Ewan – New material is definitely on the way. We recorded another song in the same session as You’re Not The One and we are back with Jack at Echo Room in the new year. We debuted a few of the upcoming tracks live at our headline show in Southampton on the 30th and we got a really great response for them, so we can’t wait to put them out into the world.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Ewan – Yep. We can’t say much more but it’s not long now.

Any plans to hit the road?

Matt – Next year for sure, follow us on Instagram to keep to date with all our shows etc, @dalibandofficial 

Jack – Yeah absolutely, we’re currently in the process of signing a booking deal so watch this space! 

What else is happening next in DALI’s world?

Jack: We have so many plans and things happening within the movement of the band that we cannot wait to share and get going with. Things are happening from the very start of year so we are looking to be pretty busy! Ha. We are making some really bold moves next year and I am just so excited for it. We all are. 

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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