City and Colour's Dallas Green On His Aussie Fame: "I would much rather be here than in America”
Dallas Green, the man behind the hit folk pseudonym City and Colour, is back Down Under for two intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne after teasing yet another Aussie tour.
Green stopped by MTV HQ to crash in our bean bag room after a long haul flight, which he will back-up when he returns for Bluesfest and a slew of sideshows in 2016.
The Canadian native has now been to Sydney on fourteen separate occasions and at this rate, he doesn’t think his body has a time zone.
“For me I’ve always appreciated going to the place where people are listening,” Green explained. “I think a lot of times people go, “Well that place is good, I’m going to break into over there,” but I’ve always felt there’s something special playing for the people here. That just makes me want to come back as much as possible.”
Green has been playing in mega bands for the past 15 years, but surprisingly does not get the same airtime in the US compared to Australia.
“I don’t really get much mainstream media attention in America, they don’t really take to it,” Green explained. “I do well as far as ticket sales, people come to the shows and that’s all I’m interested in.”
“I guess you would call me an 'unknown artist' in America and that’s fine with me, [because] I would much rather be here than in America.”
For his newest album, “If I Should Go Before You”, Green produced, wrote, sang and played the entire record with help from long-time friend and producer Karl Bareham as well as his touring band.
You’ll notice a different, darker sound on this record, but the self-confessed perfectionist explained, "I celebrate the negative in everything, that’s my problem,” he explained. “But you can’t let it be so much of an affliction that you can’t get anything done.”
“I’m not the most happy camper to be around sometimes, but I think people know that when I do get that way, it’s because I want to be the best I can be.”
‘If I Should Go Before You’ is out now! Listen to the first track, ‘Woman’ below.