Hangin’ five with DMA’s

You guys remained relatively under the radar until being signed to I OH YOU. Do they have the same outlook on the band’s future as you do?

When [Johann] heard the songs there was something in them that connected with him. He also knew that we’ve been working hard for the last couple of years so when we got to show the songs we had he fell in love with them. It’s so good to have someone with the same mind frame on board.


You’ve said before that DMA’s are in it for the long haul. Are I OH YOU and Johann apart of this plan?

Yeah, definitely. We’re not just a hype band. They know we’ve got the longevity in us; between the three we’re going to be alright for a long time.


‘Delete’ was the first I heard from DMA’s and was pleasantly surprised at the dream pop and acoustic guitar elements in the song.

We’ve got a lot of songs that weren’t planned out and just varied quite a lot stylistically. We just have to be liable to the tunes. I think that’s one thing that separates us from a lot of bands. Even in Australia, I don’t know a lot of rock ‘n’ roll bands that have that acoustic elements. It’s a big part of DMA’s; it keeps it rhythmic, it keeps it organic.


‘Your Low’ is another interesting tale on the EP.

It was on a solo EP that I did but we changed it quite a bit; it was originally a folk tune. The original still had those distorted guitars but didn’t have as much swagger [like on this version]. It was a little more melancholy.


What was your first reaction when all your shows started to sell out?

Pretty hectic! We had only played three shows and in the next two days we’re going to play as many shows as we’ve ever played. I’ve never really been in a band where you know how many people are going to show up. At the same time, majority of people have never seen us live so that will be interesting.


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