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“Something stopped me in school a little. Anything that I’m not interested in, I can't even feign interest.” - Quinten Tarantino
From childhood tragedy to anti-school rebellion, and from race car builder to storytelling troubadour, DD Allen's journey is an emotionally-fuelled challenge of determination over defeat.
You can feel it in the music. A shyness and vulnerability that hints at a need to find solace in the soul of the songs.
His sound is a contemporary antithesis of any known genre. But you’ll hear influences from The War on Drugs, Sam Fender, early Springsteen, Dylan and Neil Young.
And the songwriting dials in the attention. Fervour-filled stories of people, places, and things that seem so relevant to the world we live in.
If there’s a character behind a face, then DD Allen is likely to discover it. He’s written songs about the charismatic drug smuggler Howard Marks, music maker Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2), and John Gotti gang mob whistleblower John Alite.
There’s a lilting lullaby written for Prince’s former wife, Mayte Garcia. An ode to Stevie Nicks in the cocaine characterised ‘Double Up The Devil (Off a Silver Plate). And an emotional tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
Self-built and self-funded, DD Allen engages a growing fanbase with his deeply personal ‘music for thinkers’. The debut album is set for release in mid-2022.
"DD Allen is making the kind of music deserving of any main stage at any of the top festivals. He's a huge talent. Awesome voice and a great songwriter. I'm anticipating big things."
Matt Spracklen (TV Judge, BBC1 Altogether Now TV, Mainly Music Pod, Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus Ambassador)
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The prize is a heavy-duty real drum skin (20 inches in diameter), custom printed with the DD Allen lipstick peace-sign cover art design.
This is the band's spare drum head. And it’s never been used. Comes with a built-in aluminium rim which makes it perfect to hang on a wall.