Didirri:”Sing from the heart, speak from the heart and look for the people listening.”

Didirri Peters known just by Didirri is a young indie musician which grew up in the city of Warrnambool at south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. His trademarks are thoughtfully written lyrics and emotional performances which people tend to say have the healing effect. He had the opportunity to tour around the world and grace the stage of some festivals such as The Great Escape; Splendour In The Grass and Primavera Sound. With the song “Raw Stuff” he is one of the competitors at Australia Decides 2020. We had a chance to chat with him about his song and things which inspire him.

Hello Didirri you are known to Australian audience as an indie author which writes soulful and raw music full of emotions and truth, can you tell us how did you end up being a songwriter what is your inspiration, do you have any role models in the world of music?
What draws someone to write, it’s a very hard question. I think I had a very real draw towards telling my own story, I’ve always been a performer in quite a few different roles but eventually came back to just telling the story of me as it is. I found that eye contact and truth brought the deepest connection to an audience. I was originally busking on the street where eye contact is the most vital tool in your toolbox that you have. I guess it just all grew from there.

What made you apply to Australia Decides 2020?
I actually didn’t apply for Australia decides. The director of the Australian section was at one of my shows in Sydney. I found myself having pizza with the man shortly after. I had played ‘Raw Stuff’ in that set for the first time. He asked me if it was out yet and what I planned on doing around the release. And here I am.

What’s the inspiration behind the song “Raw Stuff”, it sounds like it describes you completely, can you tell us more about it?
This was one of those rare songs that didn’t feel right the first time around. I found myself writing a song about a break up that hadn’t happened yet. But I wasn’t really writing about the sadness of losing a relationship, I was writing about the sadness of not being able to talk about it with a dear friend. I gave up on the song nearly straight away. It wasn’t till two years later that I found myself in the studio writing more songs, And discovered the recording of ‘Raw Stuff’ in my phone. I wrote the second half then and there. It felt finished. And that was it I put the flowers in the vase and left them where they sat.

Can you reveal us more about your performance?
I want it to feel like the place where I wrote the song. The place where we recorded it. The place where we found the music video. I wanted to feel like Australia.

Your EP “Measurements” has collected over 30 million streams and you toured through US, UK and took part at the festivals such as The Great Escape; Splendour In The Grass and Primavera Sound what was the best memory you have on any of them? Do you think Eurovision could be the same experience as that?
Primavera was something that I don’t think I will ever be able to recreate. It was a huge eye-opener as to what is possible on the stage. I saw so many acts there that I never new could shake me like they did. I saw Nick Cave and Bjork battling from either side of the Giant  stadium sized festival. And then when I’m on stage myself. I’ll be thinking about that place for a very long time. As for Eurovision, I don’t think anything will be like Eurovision. I don’t think anything CAN be like Eurovision. I think the reason that people don’t understand it, is that it has to be seen to be understood. You cannot watch it from the sidelines. You have to be right in the middle of it.

You play both piano and guitar could you tell us what do you prefer and why?
Piano is where are my heart and soul lies. I have started there and I probably will end there one day, but guitar is the guts. Guitar is the tool in your hand, the ability to rustically and ruggedly impact a song with some gusto. Piano will never be as fiery or as confident as a guitar. But it doesn’t need to be. I have always related to a piano in a delicate quiet place. Don’t make me choose between the two, I don’t think I ever could.

Do you want to share something else or you maybe have a message for followers of escbubble?
Do not compromise who you are. It can never be changed in essence, sing from the heart, speak from the heart. And look for the people listening.

You can listen to Didirri’s song “Raw Stuff” here:

Didirri – “Raw Stuff”

Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020 airs live from the Gold Coast on SBS Australia on 8th of February 2020 at 19:30 AEST (10:30 CET)

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