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DD Allen Biography
Usually when musicians declare they’re about to get back to their roots, it’s an excuse to wheel out a beat-up acoustic guitar and create some stripped down music. In DD Allen’s case, going back to his roots means something very different.
There’s no pretensions with DD Allen, simply a voice and attitude that transcends genres. The uniting factor that drives this is passionate storytelling and an honest lyricism.
Both effortless and distinctive, the south coast born musician has won loyal fans across the UK and US including some of the biggest names in the music scene.
DD Allen is a young singer-songwriter with a difference. His compelling live shows are a mixture of irresistible guitars, soulful harmonica and heartfelt vocals.
Anthemic sing along tracks, laced with razor-sharp lyrics that capture the imagination and hearts of the crowd.
With every track a different story, told through personal experiences of love, loss, despair and hope.
It’s a formula that’s prompted music review site Louder Than War to claim “..beautifully written songs, think Dylan, think Neil Young, DD Allen really is that good.”
It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, which began with him leaving a promising career with F1 supercar manufacturer McLaren to follow his heart and write music.
Starting out as a solo performer under his real name Drew Allen, he immediately caught the ear of James Blunt and supported him on the Bournemouth leg Moon Landing arena tour in Nov 2014.
But Allen quickly became restless and was keen to take his his edgy delivery further with a fuller sound.
After full band demo sessions of two back catalogue staples (Holborn Avenue and Show Me A Little Mercy) resulted in extensive radio play including BBC Radio Solent and BBC Introducing, it was only a matter of time before Allen gained wider attention.
This came in the shape of double platinum selling producer/engineer Mike Spink (Jake Bugg,The 1975, The Gaslight Anthem) who along with music producer Mark Tucker have collaborated with the songwriter to create an exciting repertoire with an aspiration to move an already blossoming career to the next level.
Whilst the debut single ‘Just Like The Old Days (Oct 2016) arrived with all the intent of a Killer’s stadium anthem, the follow up single Rebecca’s Curse (Jun 2017) strives to carve out its own space and rise above the mainstream by emerging as a subtle and poignant statement to isolation and despair.
The as yet untitled debut album is a mesmerising tour de force that further entwines DD Allen’s principal strands of songwriting, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, immediate call to arms of three-way guitar crescendo.
Across its towering sound, there are stories of love, loss and stolen moments. From the ominous drama of ‘The Deal’, to the gorgeously aching ‘Show Me A Little Mercy’ and ‘Third Time prosperous’ to the legacy charged ‘Soul Miner’, written in honour of Daniel Lanois.
The electrifying collection of songs were incredibly made without full time professional musicians - a testament to the raw talent of DD Allen that inspired major producer Mike Spink to work with him as an unsigned artist.
DD Allen has firmly cemented his presence as a prominent British talent. His forthcoming follow up single (Out Jun 30) and the debut album (Due Oct) is highly anticipated.