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 – including four nominations at the up-coming New Zealand Music Awards.
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 seen him placed as a finalist in four categories at the up-coming New Zealand Music Awards including Best Male Solo Album, Best Urban / Hip-Hop Album, Best Music Video, People’s Choice Award and Single of the Year for the platinum selling ‘Runnin’.
Elsewhere on the album, Dallas brings together new and unusual talent including collaborations with allt. Pop icon Ruby Frost on Gold selling ‘The Wire’, up-and comers Spycc and Rokske, long time wingmen Sid Diamond, Mareko and PNC and US superstar rapper Freddie Gibbs.