Wed 27 May 2020
LIVE: GABRIELLA CILMI
19:30 - 23:00
DHP Family Presents:
Live at Oslo, Hackney
Gabriella Cilmi enjoyed phenomenal success at an incredibly young age. Still a teen when breakout single ‘Sweet About Me’ conquered the globe, the Australian artist was thrust into the glare of the spotlight, enjoying chart success after chart success.
Yet the more she travelled, the further away from her roots she became. “It was a bit of an odd time for me, because it was a big departure from why I got into music in the first place. All of a sudden I’m onstage dancing in a sexy robot costume,” she laughs. “It left me in a place where I felt like I had really lost my way from why I wanted to do this in the first place.”
So she went back to the source. Living in London for the past decade, her 2013 album ‘The Sting ’ was a “shedding of the skin moment”, grappling with independence for the first time. “It felt like I didn’t know who I was, so I was figuring that out,” she recalls. “It was all about stripping things back and going back to the complete basics of writing a song; to go back to the roots of why I loved music in the first place.”
A pivotal moment was watching The Band ’s iconic performance in The Last Waltz. Friends onstage making music together, their fusion of country, soul, blues, & Americana lit up Gabriella’s imagination. Working with her brother Joseph as co-songwriter and Eliot James as producer, the 3 stripped her music to the core, and her new EP is the bravest, most explicitly honest thing Gabriella Cilmi has ever done. ~ Robin Murray, Clash
Tickets are on sale 9am Thursday 19th September via Alt Tickets.