We get to know Dalli on your Friday morning. The up and coming Melbourne-based talent dropped his debut single ‘Who Are You’ earlier in the week.
Naturally, the title of the song gave us a bit of an idea, so we shot through our probing questions in the hope of getting to know Dalli a little more.
1. Name : Dalli (Leigh Dallimore).
2. Where are you based? Based in Melbourne.
3. How did you get your start in music? Dad and mum are both in bands. Dad is a lead guitarist and mum has epic pipes. I decided I wanted to do music full time four years ago. I quit my awful law degree and rented a 30ft Winnebago. I drove to Melbourne with all my music gear and have lived here busking and playing for the past four years.
4. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Open to your own interpretation.
5. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound and taste developed from listening to a lot of Radiohead, Massive Attack and Alt J. My connection with music on an emotional level developed with my obsession with Jeff Buckley, Dallas Green from City and Colour and Bon Iver.
6. Who have been your musical influences? Radiohead, Massive Attack and Alt J, Jeff Buckley, Dallas Green from City and Colour and Bon Iver.
7. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack, ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ by Radiohead, ‘Body In A Box’ by City and Colour and ‘The Wolves’ by Bon Iver.
8. What was the first album you bought? ‘Ok Computer’ by Radiohead.
9. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I have a one-eyed rescue dog.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? No idea.
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Don’t look at songwriting as goal orientated… don’t sit down and try and write a banger. Look at it as a daily PROCESS. Just sit down everyday and be with it. Before you know you will look back on all the great songs you’ve written.
12. Tell us about your latest release. I wrote ‘Who Are You’ off the back of a super messy split with my then-partner, I was barely making enough money from busking to get by and had let a big music opportunity slip through my fingers. I had no idea who I was without these things that I had so intricately tied around my sense of self. I went down the Great Ocean Road, camped alone for a couple of nights and meditated. I sat in this empty, dark place for a long time and discovered something totally solid and unmoving. Underneath all the confusion, fear and emptiness there was a stillness and strength within me. It was completely separate from all those things I’d previously thought made up me.
13. What do your future plans involve? I will be releasing an album late next year!
14. Where can our audience catch you live? I have a single launch at The Grace Darling Hotel in Melbourne on October 19! Come!