Oliver Perry is the fastest rising musician from Castlemaine, Victoria. Better known by his musical alias D.D Dumbo, the eclectic songsmith, producer, and guitar wizard has earned buzz from his native Australia all the way to the UK and Austin, Texas.
Now D.D Dumbo is also $10,000 richer, courtesy of Mushroom Music Publishing.
Michael Gudinski’s music company has awarded D.D Dumbo with the second-ever Mushroom Music Publishing Recording Grant, offering $10k in funding that goes towards Perry’s next recording project.
He’s the second ever artist to receive Mushroom’s financial boost after Melbourne singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman, last year’s inaugural grant recipient who is currently using the funds towards recording his debut album.
The $10k is a snug fit for D.D Dumbo, who welcomed to the Mushroom Music Publishing fold last October, following the release of his 2013 self-titled EP. His mutant, looped take on blues and ethereal indie rock (think a one-man Dirty Projectors) quickly earned him high praise from The Guardian, while his breakout single ‘Tropical Oceans’ and his brooding cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’ was picked up by BBC Radio 1. “His mutant, looped take on blues and ethereal indie rock (think a one-man Dirty Projectors) quickly earned him high praise”
America has also been paying close attention following highly-talked about appearances at this year’s SXSW 2014, which also saw NME and BBC tastemaker Huw Stephens adding their chatter to the buzz, Closer to home, Triple J have been spinning D.D Dumbo and named him their Next Crop 2014 ‘Artists to watch’ after his last-minute fill-in slot for Vance Joy at last year’s Meredith Music Festival.
Next up for D.D Dumbo is a slot at the sold out Splendour In The Grass 2014, where we picked him as one of 17 acts you simply don’t want to miss, as well as playing support to fellow Splendour-billed act, Tune-Yards. He’s also opening for St. Vincent‘s upcoming Australian tour, and joining fellow countrymen Tame Impala for their UK tour and booked for the Latitude Festival.
If you’ve yet to be entranced by D.D Dumbo’s astral guitar looping and innovative vocal acrobatics, there’s no better time to investigate than now.