Dali – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Matt Dudman – The honest type. Especially for me when it comes to lyrics. Every emotion I feel is reciprocated through the words I write and the music we play. As over dramatic as that sounds, that genuinely reflects my feeling towards what we do.
Pete Wright – I’m a very sensitive musician. I like to display a lot of emotion In the way I write and perform. If I don’t feel what I write I don’t use it end off. Playing music is my biggest release and it’s the best way for me to express myself.
Jack Grossman – Passionate and dedicated to my craft. I want to share the gift that was given to me when I was younger. I want to connect people with music in the way it has connected with me. As cliche as it sounds, music has saved my life more than once. I want to give that back. Nothing is more powerful than music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Jack – I started the band in late October 2017. I had been planning Dali for years. Waiting for the right time, the right people and the right catalyst to start it. Planning how I wanted to execute it, package it, the lot. It was years in the making.
I started to ‘set up’ in surrey. But, it was not long before, I decided that the future of the band was not where I was currently. I chose Southampton to base the band and decided I was going to move there. I began holding auditions for the band in local spots. I would travel back and forth from Southampton sometimes up to three times a week to audition people. Staying on friends sofas sometimes while I looked for the members. I was looking for something/someone really specific. That’s where I met Matt, we instantly clicked on many, many levels and we named the band ‘Dali’. Matt then began to hold auditions with me. Lots of sitting down together, brainstorming, planning was taking place around the clock. Pete then later joined after having been in a band with Matt before. I then moved to Southampton and we continued working on the band, placing the building blocks as we went. It was all so hectic, busy and incredibly exciting. Ewan joined after having been the band’s photographer on a number of occasions and he actually shot our debut single ‘Sedative’ music video! The rest is history!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Pete – From a Lead Guitarist point of view there are just too many great’s to give you a simple answer. Starting off I was huge on David Gilmour, Hendrix, Cobain and George Harrison. I took huge inspiration from those guitarists growing up and from learning their music I guess, I use little phrases and techniques from all of them.
Jack – As an individual, I am really influenced by a lot of american folk music, old school americana singers/songwriters and southern based rock music. One of my all time favourite contemporary albums is a rock record called ‘Low Country’ by Envy on the Coast. That album has had such a monumental effect on me as a drummer and a musician as a whole. I feel my music taste really started to mature when I found that album. It opened a lot of doors for me.
In terms of non musical, it may sound cheesy, but I am a really sensitive person and I feel things very deeply, I try to channel that into music the best I can.
Matt – Johnny Marr, Robert Smith, Graham Coxon, Joe Strummer, Mike Duce, James Dean Bradfield, Richey Edwards, Ryan Jarman, Kelly Jones, Harry Koisser & My Parents.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Ewan – If we could just keep playing awesome shows for amazing people for the rest of our lives that would be great. Personally being in a band and writing music means very little until you get in a room and share your art with other people live.
Pete – My dream is to be a full time musician in Dali. There’s no greater feeling than writing and performing with my brother’s in Dali. I would use music to detach myself from this world when times were hard. It would give me an escape and to be able to write a piece of music that could offer someone else the same escape would feel amazing. But also playing a European tour would be great too.
Matt – I just want to make music, that’s it. Just have the means and time to do it. Obviously ideally I want it to be my job with Dali. But overall I want to just be creating music with these boys.
Jack – I don’t know where I will end up or where I am going. I’ll know I have arrived when I get there. Music is the path that I have chosen to carry me. My grandfather told me once – ‘never stop striving for greatness, anything worth doing is worth doing well’’. That keeps me going.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Matt – All the music is composed between ourselves. There is normally a demo or an initial idea that’s brought forward then it sort of grows from there, and I write all the lyrics for our songs. I go off experiences that I either encounter or affect me in one way or another. I write about how I’m feeling.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Ewan – Following our Instagram @dalibandofficial and Facebook as Dali UK is the best way of being up to date on all our shows. Only until I figure out how to use tik tok though cause then we will exclusively announce shows through the medium of 15 second clips of us dancing badly to other people’s music.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Matt – I can see why people speak ill of it, however. Realistically I want as many people as possible to be able to listen to our music, it’s the way the world is now. I don’t really see it going back, I appreciate that Vinyl has risen in sales but I think that’s the nostalgic aspect of it. I don’t want to dive too deep down that rabbit hole of Royalties etc, at the end of the day. I just want to create.
Jack – Personally feel that a large majority of people don’t value music in the way that they used to. For many, it has become just another ‘at the click of a button’ convenience and I think it has taken a lot of the past magic away from music. For example, buying a book or buying a CD/record – for me there is something special about going to the book shop/record shop, buying something and walking away with something tangible. You can hold it in your hands. It’s yours. It’s there. That’s ‘YOUR’ thing you have just bought and you get to carry it home and keep it forever. You know?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Matt – For me, it’s “Faster – Manic Street Preachers” one of my favourite bands, that song has literally everything a Rock song should have. Sharp tongued lyrics, infectious chorus, amazing guitar sound.
Jack – Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy
Ewan – Pick any hugely famous Christmas song. Imagine being able to live each year off of one huge royalty paycheck in January and doing nothing else.
Pete – Anything by the Beatles. Literally anything. I’m my opinion the greatest songwriters this planet has ever seen.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Matt – Rudeness, in all its forms.
Ewan – Specifically rude sound guys for me. I’m sure everyone in a band at some point has come across that one guy at the desk who is impatient, acts like he’s got anywhere better to be and then delivers the worst front of house mix you’ve ever heard. Thankfully they are the minority though, sound guys are unsung heroes.
Pete – Lack of respect. I get there are bands that are bigger than others but everyone started at the same place so when bigger bands don’t show respect and have an ego bigger than their careers it really gets to me.
Jack – Laziness and excuses.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music
Matt – I think for me, so far it’s a toss up between releasing our first single “Sedative” and playing our headline show and having Bellevue Days support us. We’re huge fans of the boys in Bellevue and we supported them for our first ever show so it came about in full circle really haha!
Pete – I’m the same with Matt here we’re huge fans of the boys in Bellevue Days and playing our first show supporting them made us even more motivated to get our heads down and start working.
Jack – Probably the first time we were first played on Kerrang! Radio. I, as well I know thousands of other kids like myself growing up, listened to/watched Kerrang!. I had dreamt about it so many times as a kid so getting played was just an absolute childhood dream come true.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Matt – We have a new single “Borrowed Time” that we’ve just dropped on 10/4/20 which is the lead single off our Debut EP “Vol. 1” alongside that we’re currently all in isolation! But luckily we haven’t stopped making & creating. We’ve still got things going on behind the scenes that we’ve been rescheduling. So keep your eyes on our social media pages and stay tuned.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Matt – We’re on all Major Music internet retailers, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play etc. We’re also on All major streaming services & YouTube. All our releases are featured on all those sites above, or alternatively, head down to a show (when safe to) come say Hi, and grab a copy!