Artist Spotlight - Didirri
(Photo Credit - Gil Gilmour)
We interviewed Didirri for an Artist Spotlight interview! He recently released his 'Sold for Sale' on September 25! So be sure to check the EP out and our conversation with him!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
When I was very young, five or six, I used to go to a local folk festival and watch international artist perform. I would imagine myself telling the same stories on stage. I’ve been pursuing it ever since.
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
To me, writing music often feels like all of the pieces to the puzzle are hung up on strings around the house. It’s pitch-black, and I am flailing my arms around trying to catch onto the pieces. As soon as I grab one and pull it, the light turns on and all of the rest of it comes out of nowhere.
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
So many, I love to draw inspiration from other mediums though. Frida Carlo being a major influence during my early record. Vincent van Gogh. And my sister Madeleine Peters.
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
My favourite piece of gear would have to be my electric guitar. When I arrived back from my first European tour, my new electric guitar was lying on the bed. My now bass player Rory Walker built it from recycled skateboards, and we now co-own a company together building the very same guitars, Roler Guitars.
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
My shows are dynamic. I think that’s the main thing to take from them. They can often be very quiet and reflective and sometimes loud and boisterous. I very much go with the tide when it comes to reacting to my audience. If they are feeling one way, I’ll probably feel that way too. I love the preamble of a venue though. All of the hustling and bustling trying to make sure the show is ready to go before we start. Genuinely fun problem-solving at every venue.
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
It comes from a place rather confusing to me. There is a mysticism about music, and it’s the only place I find myself truly lost for words… playing music. I know that’s an odd turn of phrase given there are lyrics, but I really do feel like I can’t describe what’s going on when I start to create. Call it “flow” If you like, but there’s something else going on.