We are not releasing DIDI, but as she is also our producer, Lauren Deakin Davies, we are helping promote her self releases and are thrilled for her with the reaction. Here’s some of the highlights so far when she won Producer of the Year at the NMG Awards, two years in a row, Breakthrough Artist as DIDI at the NMG’s in 2018 and the five singles which she released since March 2017, four of which gained BBC 6 Music plays.
Her fourth single released in February 2018, Fast and Furious, has gained three plays on 6 Music from Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins and fifth single Fickle Friends has just had it’s premiere on Chris’s show 29th September 2018 ahead of release on Monday 1st October!
This brings her BBC 6 Music tally to eight plays in eighteen months!
Lauren won Producer of the Year at the NMG Awards in September 2017
‘The first radio play anywhere from a fresh young talent, some exciting new punk pop. This is DIDI with Awkward, a young producer, she’s only 21, youngest member of Music Producers Guild and now she’s stepping out from behind the desk. Feisty new punk there, from a very gifted young producer and performer, she’s a very bright girl’ Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music 29th April 2017
‘fiercely provocative art-pop… energetic with a neo-punk edge’ The Revue
‘a powerful debut, a big fat YES from us’ Gigslutz
‘kick ass’ Eargasm blog
‘DIDI stands out from the regular pop crowd as a fierce and fearless artist, following her epic debut single, Sorry, comes the brilliant new track Awkward. Enjoy a new anthem for the LGBTQ community’ DIVA Magazine
‘Awkward’ is filled with imaginative musicality (including the twinkling of cold cups of tea) and raw, honest lyrics inspired by the restriction often felt by minorities in society, in a campaign to #endtheawkward.’ Gigslutz
‘DIDI’s got a very unique thing going on that I really dig, sounds really cool, great voice’. Matthew from Wheatus
‘part art-pop, part ’90s alternative, but the sum is exhilarating’ Angry Baby
‘Her vocals are pure and crisp, not unlike Alanis Morissette, and the mix is – one would be surprised if otherwise – beautifully done’ Essentially Pop
‘Musically exciting but with something to say, DIDI has delivered 21st Century punk with purpose’. Fresh on the Net
‘Addictive enough for pop fans, but with enough rawness to influence indie-rock listeners. Built round an edgy, rapid whirlpool of guitar riffs, and driven by pristine vocals that are delivered with plenty of bullish attitude, this is a confident debut release from DIDI’ Alternative Tracks
3rd single from DIDI coming out 28th August
You can hear Back Off here – it gained joint top votes in the Fresh on the Net Listening Post on 1st August.
DIDI was invited to be a guest on Edward Adoo’s BBC Three Counties Radio show on release day – 28th August.
You can listen to her part of the show here :
‘jagged edges, pointed social commentary and prickly punk attitude…the Hertfordshire-based musician, singer, and producer continues along a line of barbed artful punk-pop that can be traced back to Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and beyond. It is no-frills, no-nonsense and bristles with clattering drums, guitars and a boundless energy that just drives the song along to its final destination’
An important facet of DIDI’s life is that of being a producer – she produced her first two singles Sorry and Awkward.
There’s some lovely recognition of her as an emerging producer in this feature by Sam Liddicott and MusicMusingsandsuch
DIDI was live guest on Gigslutz radio show, Get in Her Ears on Hoxton Radio on 24th August
You can hear her part of the show from 1hr 1min 48 seconds
Very nice ‘Track of the Day’ feature from XS Noize
Click here to read all about it
DIDI gets into the top 20 finalists for Girls I Rate #getheard event in London 6th May
Here she is getting feedback from Lily Allen for Awkward, who loved the message and the lyrics
The same evening, DIDI as Lauren (with her producer hat on) joined Kate Dimbleby at BBC 6 Music
Click here to see the write up in The Most Radicalist
RADIO PREMIERE ON BBC6 MUSIC FOR AWKWARD THANKS TO CHRIS HAWKINS ON 29TH APRIL
Here’s a short version of DIDI’s first gig
Here’s a longer cut of DIDI’s first gig which was on 6th April 2017