DD Allen Biography
DD Allen is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist combining infectious and distinctive rock with passionate storytelling, honest lyricism and Allen’s signature raw vocals.
Throughout an extensive back catalogue lies stories of love, loss and theft inspired by fakers, takers and people prepared to do whatever it takes.
DD Allen’s music brings engaging stories to life with well-crafted compositions for dedicated music lovers. There are no pretensions, simply a voice and attitude that transcends genres.
These are songs for fans to immerse themselves in and the industry has been quick to support the values driving the music:
Bestival founder Rob da Bank hails DD Allen as “A very very cool, band”, whilst James Blunt has claimed “There’s something exciting about the music of DD Allen, sort of a cross between Jake Bugg and Neil Young with a great deal of honesty in his lyrics”.
Music Review site Louder Than War cite’s “Beautifully written songs”, whilst the Bournemouth Daily Echo champions DD Allen as “The real deal with an awesome stage presence”.
Starting out as a solo performer under his real name Drew Allen, he immediately caught the ear of James Blunt and supported the renowned performer on the Bournemouth leg of the 2014 Moon Landing arena tour.
But Allen quickly became restless as a solo acoustic artist and was keen to take his his edgy delivery further with a fuller sound.
After full band demo sessions of two back catalogue staples (Holborn Avenue and Show Me A Little Mercy) resulted in adulation from a number of industry tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic, it was only a matter of time before his sound garnered wider attention.
This came in the shape of double platinum credited engineer Mike Spink (Jake Bugg,The 1975, The Gaslight Anthem) who worked on the band’s early development, and multi-grammy winning producer / mix-engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Zigi Marley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers).
Whilst the debut single ‘Just Like The Old Days’ (Oct 2016) arrived with all the intent of a Killer’s stadium anthem, the follow up single ‘Rebecca’s Curse’ (Jun 2017) strived to carve out its own space and rise above the mainstream by emerging as a subtle and poignant statement to isolation and despair.
Both releases helped the band secure prominent 2017 UK Festival slots at Teddy Rocks, Camp Bestival, Chagstock and Ireland's Electric Picnic.
The band progressed to 2017 national finalists in The Pogues Irish Whiskey Shot at Discovery (O2 Islington) and Bestival Invaders of The Future competitions, whilst DD Allen was nominated for ‘Best Male’ in the Best of British Unsigned Awards.
November saw the band play their first UK headline performance at The Old Fire Station in Bournemouth.
‘Never Felt So Far From You’ (due for release 16 February 2018) is the artist’s 3rd single release from sessions recorded at Monnow Valley Studio, and further entwines DD Allen’s principal strands of emotive songwriting, and the taut, immediate call to arms of a modern guitar band.
Live Performance: https://youtu.be/NSDdbmHYLKc
Official Site: http://www.ddallen.com
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/ddallenmusic