Ahead of his triple j Like A Version debut, Castlemaine-via-East Kimberly artist, lyricist and songwriter Dallas Woods today shares new single, Stranger feat. Kee’ahn – a track about reflecting on the need to be your truest most authentic self. Premiered on triple j, the track was produced by Alex Laska of Kingswood and features fast rising Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Badu Island songbird, Kee’ahn.
Dallas shares: “I’ve seen myself in many different ways but seeing myself as a stranger scared me the most. We are all in charge of our future and allowing yourself to be influenced by a lifestyle glorified by Hollywood and tokenism in music really hit home. I was trying to be a big dog once but I soon realised there’s nothing to be gained by trying to be someone you’re not. I try to acknowledge the struggle in my story because I wouldn’t be who I am without it. It’s important to be authentic, you really are your own super power.”
On collaborating with Alex Laska and Kee’ahn, he adds: “Working with Al was amazing, his musical talent and knowledge of the industry was unparalleled. His creative process was just one big fun experience and we had an undeniable connection from the get go. I’ve always been a massive fan of Kee’ahn even before her breakout single ‘Better Things’. Her energy as an artist is infectious and she has incredible talent vocally and musically. We share the same views and are both strong advocates for our peoples. To be able to create music and release music with her is an honour!”
Stranger feat. Kee’ahn follows on from a string of impressive singles released over the past year including If It Glitters It’s Gold, Baker Boy and Sampa The Great collab Better Days and Heaven Of My Own feat. Miiesha, which were all added to high rotation at triple j and won praise from NME Australia, Acclaim Magazine, Pilerats, Music Feeds and Purple Sneakers, among others.
In 2020, Dallas was part of The State of Music’s ‘Introducing’ series where he was dubbed “a great word man and rhymer” by the legendary Archie Roach and performed on ABC’s The Sound. A skilful songwriter, his efforts on Baker Boy single ‘Meditjin’ were recently awarded second place in the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition and two of his other Baker Boy co-writes ‘Mr La Di Da Di’ and ‘Cool As Hell’ achieved gold certification.
In the three years since he’s been releasing music, Dallas has used his songwriting as a powerful platform to speak about his experiences in life as an Indigenous man, the justice system, racial stereotyping and his own personal struggles. With a no holding back approach to writing, the 26 year old uses wit and wordplay to get his messages out, weaving comments on big issues into rapid-fire rhymes.
Stranger feat. Kee’ahn is available on all platforms now, listen HERE.
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