In the lead up to his much-anticipated appearance on Eurovision: Australia Decides on February 8th, Didirri has kicked off the new year with new single and video for “Raw Stuff”, and announces a run of tour dates starting in April, and taking the Melbourne songwriter up and down the East Coast of Australia through to May.
True to its name, “Raw Stuff” captures an unspoken, universal experience. It’s a song about a time when two people that, despite the closeness, are unable to open up to each other. Fortunately, the story and the song both find a resolution:
“For the first time in my life, I was skipping Christmas.
I was feeling very, very guilty about it. My passion for creative work had taken over too much of my life, so there I was, on the other side of the planet.” Didirri says.
“Though I was pursuing my creative goals, I was far from my family and friends. It was difficult to open up to someone I cared about back home. I couldn’t explain the mixed bag of emotions that was weighing me down so I gave up on the song quickly. It didn’t feel finished.
Two years later I’m in the studio… the phone rings and it’s the person I had felt cut off from that year I skipped Christmas. They said they had felt the same, and had found it hard to open up as well. And that they were skipping Christmas this year.
I instantly remembered the half-written song I never finished, and suddenly it all made sense. Part two.
Raw Stuff instantly falls into two parts. The first half is my side of miscommunication, and the second my reaction to hearing they felt the same.”
Raw Stuff was written and later recorded in Johanna, Victoria. In November, Didirri was drawn to return to the same space once more to shoot the music video. The stunning landscape around the house, provides a poignant depiction of the beauty of nature, the complexity of returning home, and the rawness we feel when landscapes and relationships once familiar are no longer the same.
“As we all watched our beautiful landscapes around Johanna, the sister towns not that far away were burning a few weeks after in December.
To hear of so many people losing their homes, of lives lost (both people and animals) broke our hearts while editing. We found that the more we went on, the more of that landscape needed to be included.”
Produced by Dann Hume and Hayden Calnin, “Raw Stuff” will be available on digital platforms from today, Thursday January 30th via UNIFIED, and will be performed live on the SBS broadcast of Eurovision: Australia Decides on Feb 8th.
“Raw Stuff” TOUR – Australia
Thursday 16th April – Lansdowne, Sydney NSW
Friday 17th April – Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
Friday 24th April – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool VIC
“Raw Stuff” TOUR – North America
March 14 – 22, SXSW, Austin, TX
March 24 – The Bootleg, Los Angeles, CA
March 26 – Baby’s All Right, New York, NY
March 27 – The Drake, Toronto, ON
Holding true to his mission to make music for ‘Lovers & Overthinkers’, Didirri’s song-writing approaches complex thoughts and feelings with charm and raw power – captivating listeners, magnifying important issues and engaging crowds to feel, move, think, heal and singalong.
After releasing his debut EP “Measurements” just last year, Didirri has had a massive 12 months. From a collective 30 million streams, to playing Splendour In The Grass, to having 4x singles added to triple j rotation, to packing his bag and touring the US and UK twice in under 6 months.
As well as playing The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, Latitude Festival in Suffolk, and Primavera Sounds in Barcelona, Didirri also played a series of shows across Europe only to return home to sell out multiple tours across Australia, including 170 Russell, and 2x Corner Hotel shows which he filmed and recorded for an intimate Live EP.
The achievements are impressive and humbling, and ultimately highlight that no matter the language, the location, the age, on a small stage or large, there’s something about Didirri’s music that connects with people in a really special way. His lyrics open the door usher you into his mind, connecting with listeners on a level rarely seen in modern music. The connection is honest, it’s real, it’s an invitation.