In less than a year, dvr has gone from a 16-year-old Scottish kid on the hunt for a cracked copy of Ableton, to an XL-signed artist collaborating with Kenny Beats at 17. As though A-Levels during a global pandemic weren’t enough to contend with, the prodigious singer, songwriter and producer has also self-released two EPs – tape_01 and u can call me dillon – lo-fi gems full of frank lyrics and endless promise.
“Lockdown was a creative renaissance,” he says. “It gave me all the time and
resources to do exactly what I wanted: wake up every day and work on music.”
With his soft, hybrid accent (“somewhere between Scottish, English and South African”) Dillon explains that when it comes to music, he writes straight from the heart. “My songs are basically diary entries,” he says. “If they seem kind of personal, it’s because they are. In fact, I might be oversharing." He began building beats on Garageband at the age of 12, having just had his mind blown by the hip-hop on his friend’s iPod. Up until that point, Dillon’s experience of music looked a little different -- his parents, both South African, had raised him and his older brothers on legends like B.B. King and Jimmy Hendrix.
Following his collaboration with Kenny Beats - ‘lowlife’, dvr's upcoming EP dirty tapes continues with his signature slacker sound with lead single ‘stupid’ coming with an infectious acoustic hook and trademark wry lyricism. Written, recorded and produced by dvr he’s fast becoming one of the UK’s most compelling young talents. Fans include Snoop Dogg, FINNEAS, Omar Apollo, Joy Orbison + Clara Amfo: “dvr - a name that is going to be everywhere in the coming years.”
1. Dirty Tapes
3. Lowlife (With Kenny Beats)
5. Tunnel Vision
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