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Peninsula Grammar PRESENTS Didirri

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Didirri’s challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth, has continually won over listeners around the world. Simultaneously heartbreaking and healing, approaching real issues with smile and charm, Didirri is an artist with something to say. His uninhibited lyrics tug at raw nerves, while his charming melodies soothe your heart - provoking a wild thought and calming your heady mind all at once.

Growing up in the regional Australian town of Warrnambool, Didirri liked to push the boundaries of what was and wasn’t acceptable at school. Sort of. “I was a bit of a cheeky nerd” chuckles the now 23-year-old, recalling how he’d routinely cut French class to practice piano in the music room. “The teachers didn’t always like me but neither did the cool kids.”

As a teenager Didirri earned pocket money by performing in the town’s cafes, vying for the attention of patrons more concerned with their wine or breakfast. Struggling to be heard over the din of conversation and coffee machines, his father offered some guidance. He said, ‘You need to tell people what your songs are about otherwise they’re not going to listen in the same way.’”

The singer-songwriter – whose name is an homage to the Indigenous meditative word for “deep, quiet listening” – was raised by a painting mother and children’s entertainer father. He first got a taste for the road when he went on tour with his dad in fourth grade, helping as a roadie every now and then, and singing back-up. After spending his teens in bands and partaking in theatre performances at school, Didirri undertook a degree in jazz at Victoria University.

Fast forward to 2014 when Didirri had moved to Melbourne, where he played his first solo show under his own name at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel. With his father’s advice still ringing in his ears, soon his gigs became renowned not only for his songs, but for the hush that settled over the room as he talked about their meaning. (Just one of the reasons Triple J included him in their 10 Best Live Shows Of 2017.)

“I didn’t know how to get people’s attention in any other way, and I cared enough about my music to know that I wanted people to listen,” he reasons.

At the time he was living in a shed out the back of a friend’s house, which he’d converted into a bedroom. It was there he recorded his first demos on an old four-track machine, writing “Measurements” on a cassette because “all of my songs seem to be me holding up a measuring tape to the world, a measuring tape against the things that I’ve done assessing whether I shape up”.

Measurements became the title of his debut six-track EP, which he recorded periodically over the space of a few months in 2017 at Collingwood’s Rolling Stock Studio with producer (and artist in his own right) Hayden Calnin. Determined to handle all the instrumentation himself, Didirri called upon others only when his vision outstripped his expertise, such as on the howling horn parts in “Formaldehyde”. Part folk, part alternative, part pop and part aching alt-country, Measurements combines Didirri’s honeyed vocals with dynamic, organic and at-times soaring acoustic accompaniment, topped off by deeply personal lyrics that often find him trying to learn from past mistakes.

“My aim with these songs was to go as far down the rabbit hole as you could emotionally so that you emerge stronger,” he explains.

Opening track “Blind You” is “a letter to an ex” that explores the idea that “it’s okay to say you fell in love with someone and that person is still there and they’re still good, you just don’t work together from a life perspective.” “Formaldehyde”, meanwhile, is inspired by the art and struggles of Frida Kahlo, and is “dedicated to all the inspiring, strong women in life”. “Jude”, with its anthemic cry of “I’m a fool for pain”, tackles the black dog of depression so powerfully that a fan in Adelaide approached Didirri after a show to thank him as it “pulled them back from the edge”. “Bird Sounds” reflects on Didirri’s search for simplicity; “Worth The Wait” the loss and confusion of heartbreak. And then there’s “I Can’t Get Last Night Out Of My Head”, a song of romantic redemption written the night after Didirri reunited with a love.

Even though (Although???) these songs are only now appearing packaged together as an EP, the three most recent singles “Blind You”, “Formaldehyde” and “I Can’t Get Last Night Out Of My Head” have each enjoyed high rotation on Triple J and have collectively been streamed more than six million times globally.

Word has spread overseas, with Didirri recently returning from a run of international festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape and Primavera Sound, a tour on which he sold out his first ever London show at The Shacklewell Arms. All of these on the back of recent Australian festivals such as Fairgrounds, Boogie Fest, NYE On The Hill and Splendour In The Grass, not to mention a sold-out headlining tour of the country.

Not bad for an artist only just releasing his first official EP.

“I’m pretty pragmatic, I don’t set my sights very high,” he offers. “I really just try to focus on being better every day. I remember I woke up one morning and I thought, don’t try and impress people, just try and improve and you’ll impress them by accident. And that has been driving me ever since.” He laughs. “But it definitely shocked me that I announced a world tour before my EP’s out.”

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