We caught up with New Zealand MC David Dallas to talk about the "The Rose Tint Deluxe Edition" which is out now in Australia and New Zealand. Dallas
has been travelling to America over the last year supported by legendary Duck Down Records, working with a number of US MCs such as Freddie Gibbs and
OzHipHop.Com: The Rose Tint was originally a free release, what is the story behind releasing a deluxe edition?
David Dallas: The whole point of it was that we initially did the rose tint as a free release online for everyone, and then there was
a lot of people asking for a physical copy of it, like a CD, so yeah.
I think the main reason that we held off on doing it was that I didnít want to give away the same thing. Like I didnít want to just chuck it on CD
and give away the same thing, so I was like if weíre gonna do it, I want to do a full on deluxe package; a collectorís item, and I wanted to add new
material, so thatís kinda what we did, and included all the instrumentals. Itís got 4 new songs that we recorded while we in New York. I just tried to
make it, you know, a good package that people would actually want, that was worth peopleís money. This more like a collectorís item for fans & people
who want to support the whole movement.
OHH: Now the original album was recorded in NZ, what about these four new songs?
DD: Yeah, they were all like written and recorded over there [New York], but itís still produced by my team back home so all 4 of
them are still produced by Fire & Ice who did 90% of the Rose tint.
OHH: Do these new songs reflect your time in New York?
DD: I intentionally used the stuff that I felt suited The Rose Tint, like, I recorded other stuff while I was over there, but you
know that was in sort of a different lane. Iím keeping that for future stuff. I wanted The Rose Tint to sound like The Rose Tint, you know.
OHH: What has your experience been like over in America?
DD: The crazy thing about it, is when you get over, 'cos you know from our side of the world it looks so far away and you look at
everyone is like such huge superstars and.... I guess itís the same way as if a kid who wasnít from Auckland, comes up to Auckland and gets to see NZ
hip hop artists, or you know a kid that isnít from Melbourne who gets to see most of the oz hip hop stars. You know itís kind of like, once you get to
go to some of these functions you realise - "Oh! These people are just like normal dudes", you know! And as soon as you can kinda get your head around
that, theyíre just people and they are not any different to you, it helps you find your place amongst it all.
OHH: Is the process of creating music different over there?
DD: Nah, Iíll kinda just do it the same way as Iíve always done it. The only thing you really realise over there is the output, like
the rate of output needs to be a lot higher, you know. You know like the blogs, and the way music moves over there, people constantly need new
content, so thatís kinda the thing Iíve had to try and adjust to, to try and make music real quick. You still retain the same qualities but I try not
to be too precious about stuff anymore because I think in the past it kinda hindered me, I sat on something for like a year and you look at it and be
like, I should have just put this out a year ago, you know.
OHH: You have been living in Harlem, whatís been your experiences in that area?
DD: Iíve still got the apartment there at the moment, when I go back in a couple of days weíre going to be shutting it down just over
summer, and then Iíll find a new place once I get over there and start the new album.
As far as experiences, I personally havenít had anything like bad happen to me or anything, but you know I see shit all the time, like, police coming
in our building, pretty sure the people directly below us were selling drugs, you know, itís pretty standard stuff. Itís one of those things if you
donít go looking for trouble then trouble doesnít usually find you, you know what I mean.
David Dallas's room in Harlem upon return on his latest trip.
OHH: Youíve been working with P-Money while over in the states, what was his involvement?
DD: Heís back here [NZ] at the moment. My last three months over there heís actually been back in New Zealand the whole time. So
like while we were putting together the Rose Tint, he helped me with the whole post production of the album Ė so he only did like one beat on the
album but he had a massive hand in like overseeing the whole project and helping the songs be as good as they can be. So heís been working on his own
stuff back home, obviously heís been working with Sky High Ė the Australian artist, and heís been doing like a dance music project and stuff on the
side. Heís got a working visa now too, so heíll be looking at making his move probably the start of next year, for the summer festivals.
OHH: You recently launched The Rose Tint Deluxe Edition in New York the other week, and had Just Blaze on support DJing, how did that come
DD: I met him because Iím sponsored by G Shock and they did this event called ĒShock the WorldĒ last year and we played a part in
getting him over here for that. Thatís really the only time Iíve dealt with him. Him getting on board for the party was all outside of my control Ďcos
Iím back here in New Zealand , so, Duck Down talked to him and he was keen to do it, so itís all good.
OHH: Youíve mentioned before about only getting into MCing during your University years, had you had much of a music background before
DD: I actually had piano lessons from the age of about 11 and 12 or around then. But like most kids I wasnít really ready for that
so, I kinda got sick of practising, so I quit. I never had a music background, I never had a performing background, like I never performed at talent
quests, or anything like that. I didnít take music at school. To be honest, I was just a huge fan of rap music and R & B music. My older brother &
sister would play nothing but that stuff in the house. I guess thatís it, I used to learn the words to everyoneís songs Ė I didnít learn them to be a
rapper or anything, I just learned them because I was a fan, I guess intuitively... you know, I think itís that, if youíre constantly listening to
something or constantly doing something, intuitively youíre going to pick up something. When I went for rapping it came reasonably naturally Ė just
OHH: You changed your rap name to your real name, why?
DD: The thing with me was, the only reason I really used the name from the start was just Ďcos I was kinda just starting out and I
was too immature to just use my name and be myself. You know what I mean. Then after a while I started to realise that it was kinda ridiculous, Ďcos I
never would introduce myself to anyone with that name. I never be like ďHi Iím Con Psyď - Iíd just be like ďIím David from FrontlineĒ. Even the first
time I met P-Money and he was already established, the first time I met him, he said ďWhatís your name?Ē I said ďIím David DallasĒ and he said ďMan,
that should be your rap name. I donít know why youíre trying to bother with these other names Ė you should just use your birth name.Ē And I was like
ďoh Nah!Ē Too embarrassing!
OHH: Another rapper thatís going down the ďreal nameĒ path, Mac Miller, have you copped many comparisons with Miller over in the
DD: Yeah, I see that all the time on you like tube and shit like that. It always comes from Americans, it never comes from Kiwis or
Aussies. But, itís just one of those things I guess Ė people say, ďYeah he looks white and itís another kid thatís white and he wears hats so yeah
theyíre the sameĒ. (laughs)
I donít really mind, Iím not mad, I donít care. I guess itís like the same way every white rapper gets compared to Vanilla Ice. And after Eminem came
out, every white rapper was gonna get compared to Eminem. Iím not too fussed.
OHH: Do you get lumped in as being Australian or are people over there understanding the difference?
DD: Itís cool because as soon as you go over there and say youíre from New Zealand, they always mention Australia so itís inevitable
that we get grouped together, so Iím not too fussed. When Iím over there Iím trying to represent the whole hemisphere I guess!
OHH: Whatís your thoughts on Australian hip hop?
DD: The thing is I donít get to hear enough of it. I guess because Australian Artists , I guess because theyíre based in Australia a
lot of them they donít even bother to cover our territory because basically a way smaller territory, so like why would they bother? So I donít get to
hear too much of it.
Iím real good friends with a dude called Omar Musa, who a rapper whoís living in Melbourne at the moment. Thatís my boy, when he came through New York
we hung out heaps, heís a cool dude.
OHH: Do you feel like you could be making inroads in a traditionally tight knit American scene for New Zealanders and other nationalities to
make noise on US soil?
DD: Yes, absolutely, I just feel like, you should do whatever you can do. If there is someone from the same place as you that has
done it before, at least when you get over there, thereís some sort of precedent for it. People can now say theyíve heard of a rapper from New
Zealand. It means that anyone that comes after me, that doesnít sound too ridiculous, because Iíve already gone through all that. People say: What
New Zealand - What are you talking about? Thereís Sheep, Lord of the Rings, Flight of the Concords , you know? [Laughs]
OHH: And now thereís NZ rappers. Good luck with the new release and adventures mate!
DD: Cool. Thanks so much for your time. Appreciate it!
Also, that chorus on the buckshot video isn't my thing, but I dig the rest of it.
[Edited on 17-11-2011 by KozeOne]
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