David Dallas returns to Rhythm and Vines after a year off from the festival with a new album on the way. We are excited to see him unleash his new material this New Year’s Eve.
David Dallas began his rapping career as a part of duo Frontline, a producer and MC group along with producer Nick Maclaren. Frontline released their official debut album ‘Borrowed Time’, in October 2005. The album won the award for ‘Best Urban Album’ at the 2006 New Zealand Music Awards.
His debut solo album, Something Awesome, was released on 31 August 2009. It reached #1 on New Zealand’s iTunes chart. Something Awesome was awarded Best Urban/Hip Hop album at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards on 7 October 2010 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Taite Music Prize in 2010. His second studio album, The Rose Tint, was initially a free release via his website on 11 May 2011, it was downloaded more than 50,000 times. A deluxe physical edition was released in NZ in October 2011 and was New Zealand’s highest selling hip-hop album that year. The Rose Tint was nominated for 3 New Zealand Music Awards and also shortlisted for the Taite Prize in 2012. Dallas wrote and performed the theme music for Samoan Wrestlers The Usos “So Close Now”, which was released on iTunes by 31 October 2011 as part of the WWE Music Group. In September 2012, David released the “Buffalo Man” EP as a free download, with all songs inspired by, sampled or interpolated from Jamiroquai. Dallas’ 2013 single “Runnin'” has been used in the trailer for the video game Madden 25 and also features in the video game FIFA 14. On October 2013, Dallas’ third studio album Falling Into Place was released in New Zealand. It debuted at #2 in the New Zealand album chart. Dallas supported Eminem at his first New Zealand show in February 2014 at Western Springs’ ‘Rapture’ event.