Band of the Day: Dali

Do they have silly moustaches? I hope hey have silly moustaches…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Ewan – Were based in Southampton, but Matt is from Portsmouth and Jack is from Surrey.

How did you meet?

Matt – Pete, Ewan and Myself all knew each other prior to the bands inception, myself and Pete were in a band before Dali & Ewan was our photographer. Jack moved down last year to start the band.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Pete – Just over a year, which seems so surreal now looking back at it.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Jack – I was at a house party and I saw a Salvador Dali painting, and for some reason his name and art stuck with me, and when I proposed the band name to Matt, along with some other potential band names, that was the one that resonated with us all.

What are your influences?

Pete – One of the reasons I believe Dali sounds so unique is because we all have vastly different music tastes, for example im heavily influenced by Pink floyd & Jimi Hendrix which is completely different from the other boys.

Ewan – What I listen to and what I play are very different, as some of my favourite bands are the much heavier side of music like Architects or Northlane. In terms of my approach to bass and vocals in this band I take loads of inspiration from Enter Shikari.

Matt – My influences really lie within the ‘80s post punk era with bands like The Smiths, The Cure and The Clash. I also like more current rock bands like Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, Basement & Citizen to name a few.

Jack – I’m very heavily Influenced by Americana culture and music. I love the southern American sound. But really, I’m influenced by anything I’m listening to at the time. I tend to get completely obsessed by one particular sound or genre for extended periods of time. My favorite ‘rock’ bands which influence my drumming in particular are Envy On The Cost (Low Country) and early Paramore.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Matt – I think we aren’t afraid to explore the parameters of the genre which we inhabit, which I feel gives us more creative freedom and opens more doors than it closes. I think when you start to structure creativity you take one step forward and two steps back.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Matt – When I write lyrics for Dali it always comes from a very personal place, I feel I create as I consume, whether that be through personal experiences, something I witness or feel connected too, or even the music I’m currently listening to. I think the key for me is to be able to keep it relatable & honest.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Pete – We have a very energetic live performance. It’s very intimate as it means a lot to us. In regards to shows, we really can’t keep count on how many we’ve played but we love playing up and down the country.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Pete – The crowd started a pit in the middle of our slowest ballad type song.

Ewan – Were hoping for some crazier shit at our release show for our new single “You’re Not The One” in Southampton.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Ewan – I play a couple Music Man Stingray basses through a Darkglass preamp pedal for my main sound.

Pete – I use a Gretsch G2622 & a Fender Starcaster, I use a variety of pedals into a Fender Champion 100 combo.

Matt – I use a Fender Duo Sonic & an Epiphone ES 339, I have a selection of pedals which I run through a Vox AC30.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Matt – We had a new single out on the 30th of November called “You’re Not The One” which I personally believe is our strongest material yet.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019 and 2020?

Matt – We have been announced for Icebreaker festival in Portsmouth and Outsider Festival in Southampton for next January. We are heading into the studio (Echo Room Studios) to record our EP which we will be out next year.

Ewan – We also are very present on all our social media sites, so that’s the best place to keep up to date with all our latest content.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Matt – I think where we all have such different styles and bands we like, I think you’d get four separate answers! However there is a ton of talent in southampton, we’ve been lucky enough to be asked to support local bands Toreador & Djuno who are both really good and I’d urge you to check them out.

Ewan – We’d be happy on almost any bill, as long as it gives us the chance to play to people we haven’t played to before.

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April 23, 2020 1:39 PM

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