Australian singer-songwriter Didirri returns to New Zealand in 2019, following up from his Australia and New Zealand tour supporting Vance Joy earlier this year.
The 23-year-old songsmith brings his thoughtful writing and charming on-stage charisma to audiences on August 16 at The Tuning Fork, Auckland and August 17 at Caroline, Wellington with his debut EP “Measurements” featuring the singles, ‘Jude’, ‘Formaldehyde’ and ‘I Can’t Get Last Night Out Of My Head’.
Growing up in the regional Australian town of Warrnambool, Didirri began performing as a teenager 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. In 2014, after moving to Melbourne, Didirri 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.
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, Hayden Calnin. 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. His 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–not to mention Australia’s Splendour In The Grass, anda sold-out headline tour of his home country.
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. These two cozy performances are not to be missed and likely to be the last time New Zealander’s can experience his heartwarming folk in such an intimate venue.