RGM Introducing: We Interview manchester band Dalmas
Welcome to the RGM lounge lads, take a seat let’s do this!
What made you decide to start Dalmas?
We all met at the Royal Northern College Of Music in Manchester, really we were the only people in our year that all had a passion for rock music, we just started jamming and then one jam after another kinda just led to us being a band without us ever really deciding ‘we are a band’.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
George Farrar on drums and vocals, George started playing the drums at the age of 5 and was playing gigs at the age of 11, playing with lots of different artists he professed very quickly and in 2015 was a finalist in Young Drummer Of The Year in the UK. George is a full-time professional musician working with many different acts as a session drummer.
Hi, I’m Augustus, and I play the bass guitar in Dalmas. I started off with music as a kid at 13, playing the piano before taking on bass lessons in my hometown. I come from a family where music has always been spoken of and widely practised, so it felt natural to pick it up at some point. I’ve been in bands since the age of 15, but it has always been something I like to do with my free time, it gives me a sense of relief. Hopefully, I will get to a point where I can do it full-time and put all my energy into it, that’s what we are aiming for with Dalmas anyway. That’s what is great about doing music in the UK, the opportunities are endless and I feel we are going down a road where we will end up doing something special for ourselves and the rock music scene. Jacob was just a being that came from outer space and nobody knows his origins.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
How does it work having a singing drummer?
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the manchester circuit?
We all really dig Lucy Deakins music, it has a real pop vibe to it.
What support is out there for new artists in Manchester?
Manchester is a thriving hub for new music, people like Scruff Of The Neck are a great addition to the city for live music especially! Also, just the community generally in Manchester is a great thing in itself, everyone supports each other, it’s just a really cool city for something like that.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Manchester unsigned scene?
Really really digging Paige Kennedy at the moment. George used to share a house with her at uni and she is awesome.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Absolutely not hahaha.
What useless party trick /talent do you have?
All three of us can balance an elephant on our heads whilst eating doughnuts.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Sometimes we cover Killing In The Name off live, and we have this one fan that comes to our gigs and he always gets up and starts singing at the end, it is honestly the most brilliant thing in the world!
What was the worst experience on stage?
We played a gig at Gullivers in Manchester and George had a really bad throat that day so we tuned all the guitars down so we could sing the songs easier, however, the on-stage sound was so bad we couldn’t hear ourselves so George sand the whole first verse of our song JHM in the wrong key. Whoops.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
George eats a box of grapes every day.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
Three guys just having fun and having a laugh, we don’t take ourselves seriously and we love food!
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Definitely Augustus for reasons you probably don’t want to know hahaha.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
If you want the honest answer… we are all a massive pain in the arse!
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
Jacob is calm and collected, he also drives a Fiat Punto which is a great car to get picked up from a police station in.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
When we were recording in York between one of the lockdowns. Jacob was on a zoom call in the recording studio and our producer Dan pressed his bare arse cheeks against the glass window and I couldn’t stop laughing on the zoom call, eventually admitting to the people I was in a meeting with what I witnessed. It was slightly unbecoming and traumatic for me, however amusing for everyone else involved.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My favourite song to play live is ‘Stay’ . It’s more of an intense song we have and I feel like the crowd really feed off the energy every time we play it.
We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?
The review was great, we are really appreciative of the kind words and support, it always means a lot.
I hear you have a new single just out, what can you tell us about it?
We’re very excited, it is the first time we have worked with Los Angeles producer/mixer / songwriter Jonathan Smith [a.k.a. TheRealJonSmith] and all in all it is a feel-good song, it’s nice to release something that will hopefully bring people some joy.
Tell us about the new single?
It came about rather randomly – George had the idea with just vocals and an acoustic, but as soon as we got in a room together it all came to life – going into summer we wanted to work on something that felt more poppy rather than a heavy rock banger.
What was the recording process like?
For us, it was probably the easiest recording process we’ve ever conducted. All the parts were recorded in Manchester, other than additional parts our producer TheRealJonSmith played and programmed at his studio Native South Records, in Los Angeles. Guitar, bass and drums were literally recorded in a house on our own without a sound engineer or producer present, it gave us a lot more freedom to do what we wanted. Vocals tend to be a trickier part to record. We got some help from our friend David Coyle and recorded them at his place. While working in Las Vegas, TheRealJonSmith produced the vocals from his room at the Wynn Hotel remotely, and in real-time, via AudioMovers software. Technology is crazy these days!
We are looking forward to you headlining the RGM live show at Gullivers on the 25th what can we expect from Dalmas?
An intense and energetic performance
What are your plans for the year ahead?
That sometimes writing more simplistic and easy-going music can be as satisfying to play and listen to rather than us trying to show off how clever we are all the time, haha! Once a song is finished we don’t like to dwell on what could have been different or better – The song sounds amazing and we are so grateful for Jonathan’s expertise in bringing the song to life and giving it the final touches to make it sound like a record.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
We have gigs lined up until New Year now, so we want to keep that momentum going. Ideally, next year we would love to get over to LA and work with Jonathan, hopefully we can get another track together before that happens though. Gig wise we are planning a headline show at some point, we just want to make sure that when we do it, we do it right.