It’s like winning the lottery: you’re rehearsing as a band for only the second time; you hastily record that session – and then somehow (?) that recording finds its way to Radio 1’s champion of new music, Huw Stephens. And then, from the hundreds of submissions he receives daily, he picks this particular one to play; and likes it; and plays it on his daily show!
The reaction’s great and you’re invited to play on the Radio 1 Introducing stage at Glastonbury – where your music is picked up by Tom Robinson who invites you down to Maida Vale studios to play a live session for his Radio 6Music show.
It’s definitely the stuff of dreams – but that’s the way it happened for VIENNA DITTO. The duo ( Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth) garnered much critical acclaim from, amongst others, Artrocker, Q Magazine and The Fly for their debut single ‘Long Way Down,’ way back in 2009, apparently. (Is it really that long ago? Jeez, I’m getting old!)
I’m not sure what they’ve been up to in the intervening time, other than record the following EP which is due for release on April 22nd. Work is also under way on their debut album.
Perhaps it’s Hatty’s sultry tones, but VIENNA DITTO remind me a little of Dark Horses and in particular, vocalist Lisa Elle. The music’s certainly not as ‘dark,’ but I get the same feeling of something really classy when I hear both bands.
Looking forward to the album!