Arguably the biggest innovator in hip-hop New Zealand has seen in two decades, David Dallas has sold out shows across New Zealand, Australia and the United States, released three chart topping albums, opened for huge acts including Eminem’s Rapture Tour (NZ) and received a long list of accolades.
After signing to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music NYC in 2011, David Dallas released second album The Rose Tint in the US before embarking on a huge tour throughout North America with hip-hop duo Aer.
Then came 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 Pacific Music Awards win for Best Pacific Male Artist, the release of his Buffalo Man EP and much more.
Not one to rest on laurels, the start of 2013 saw Dallas enter the studio with production whizz kids Fire & Ice. In four months, Dallas had twelve un-fuck-with-able finished tracks to put his name to on his critically acclaimed third studio album, Falling Into Place.
It’s that album that saw him take home two awards at the 2014 Music Awards, including Best Urban / Hip-Hop Album and Best Male Artist, and achieve platinum status for first single ‘Runnin’’ and gold for second track ‘The Wire’.
Releasing single ‘Don’t Rate That’ in 2016, David Dallas hits home with some heavy social commentary and hints at what’s to expect from his new album. Set to add to his impressive track record – from the awards and airplay, to his numerous high-profile syncs and combined video views heading towards 10million plays – Dallas is an artist that continues to push the boundaries, and continues to prove why he’s one of the country’s biggest innovators in hip-hop.
2017 saw the release of the brand new single ‘Fit In’. This is the first official single from his new album Hood Country Club, due out on April 21.
Production for the new single is at the hands of Melbourne-based Styalz Fuego and Nic M, evoking the feeling of an updated take on early 21st century 2-step. Combining the production with the smooth vocals from British newcomer Laurent John and the hard bars of David Dallas himself, ‘Fit In’ sees the NZ trendsetter continue to stand out, shifting his sound and the goalposts.
Premiering the single live to Facebook from Auckland’s Red Bull studios last night, David Dallas took a fans-first approach to the release, which also offers a glimpse into what to expect from his upcoming record.