Interview: David Dallas
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:31:42
David Dallas spits truth on Falling Into Place. The Auckland MC tempers raucous, riot-starting rhymes with a distinct knack for a hook. As a result, he's crafted an exciting, engaging, and entrancing hip-hop record.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, David Dallas talks Falling Into Place and so much more.
What's your take on Falling Into Place as a whole?
I didn't really realize it at the time, but when I listened to it, it felt really cohesive. I guess that's just a product of myself and the producers who did the majority of the songs. Because we worked together so closely on it, we were on the same vibe. We made the record in quite a condensed time period it's not like these were songs I had kicking around for two years or something. We went into the studio in the middle of January, and we didn't come out until the album was finished at the end of May. Writing, recording, mixing, and mastering—apart from two songs on the record—everything was done in that timeframe. It's very much got a consistent feel throughout. We spent a lot of time thinking about the sequencing and everything.
What is the thread?
Every song has got its own topic or feel. Sonically, we had a style we were leaning towards. It's very hip-hop, but I still wanted the songs to be accessible and be something normal people would like. You hear it in the drums and the percussion. It's quite gritty, and it's harder. It's more of a sonic theme throughout the record than any sort of direct sentiment I was trying to get across. Every song's different as far as what I write about topically.
IS it important for you to tell stories in the songs?
Yeah, what I write is always inspired by the feelings I get when I hear the music. I'm not one of those people who has a list of topics I feel like covering and is just waiting for music. Inspiration hits me when I hear the music, and that's what I write about. For the most part, it's stories from my life or things I know about. I can't write from the perspective of other people for the most part because I'm just not familiar with it. I always draw from my own experiences. Hopefully, there are other people who feel the same way.
What's the story behind "The Gate"?
It's funny you ask about that because "The Gate" is actually the oldest record on the album. It's the first thing we did I felt was going to make the record. Basically, I wrote it because it's about myself having go away and travel to make something of myself through myself. Even with the partnership with Duck Down, I had to go over to America and try to make things happen for myself. I tried to write something for anybody who has ever had to go away for work and leave their partner behind. Even though you know you're doing it for them, you're torn up about having to leave them behind. I try to write that in the most general terms so it related to anyone. It doesn't matter if you're a musician or you're going to work on an oil rig somewhere, it's a feeling everyone feels. You go to the airport and there's that feeling. Sentimentally, it's probably my favorite record. It's close to my heart.
What artists shaped you?
Snoop Dogg obviously defined everything I thought was cool about rap when I was a kid growing up. It was Doggystyle, Mobb Deep's The Infamous, OutKast's Aquemini, and Jay-Z's The Dynasty Roc la Familia. Almost everything I do can be derived from those albums. Everyone knows the great rappers. Those are the ones I grew up listening to.
If your album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
That's a tough one. The movie's I gravitate too aren't necessarily topical in terms of this. It would be cool if the movie was a Park Chan-wook film like Oldboy or Guy Ritchie's movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I like the look of those movies as far as the colors go. Any of those edgier movies shot in Korea would be great.
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