“This is more than mere brand recognition or a comeback of sorts. This is a band that has found it's way home...”
- Brian Lush - Editor - RockWired Magazine
Dali Van Gogh are a guitar driven hard rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a sound described as ”infectious, gritty, and surprising“ (Byron Booker, founder of the Recording Artists Guild). The band has received worldwide radio play, and have officially released 5 records: Verbal Warning (2010), Mask Identity (2012),Wild Blue City (2012), From Ashes (2017), and Under Her Spell (2019). The band's latest single, “Boneyard”, is produced by Juno nominated song-writer Rob Laidlaw of Platinum Blonde and Honeymoon Suite.
Initially formed in 2008 by guitarist Isaac Kent, the band evolved out of Isaac's previous project, the pop rock band Eight Days To Saturday. With a passion for guitar, and the business sensibility and drive to create something special, Isaac set out to form a hard rock band in his own image and style. To that end, the band has seen several lineup changes over the decade, and took a hiatus from the stage in 2014/15. The current line up includes Rachelle Moreay (Keys), Johnny Moore (Drums), Lance Hicks (Bass), and John Scotto (Vocals), and Isaac Kent (Guitar).
Guitarist and founder of Dali Van Gogh.
In spring of 2015, Isaac Kent's home and recording studio caught fire. Within 5 minutes the building was a total loss, including all musical and recording equipment, every computer, every master disk, as well as all the contents from the rest of the house and Isaac's family's life. Almost nothing was recovered. Needless to say this was a major road-block for the band which was just being re-formed by Isaac after a 2 year break.
Over a year after the fire, with renewed drive and focus, Dali Van Gogh returned to the stage on Oct 7th, 2016 at Montes Showbar, the de-facto home stage of the band for many years. In front of a packed house the band performed selections from their then upcoming record (From Ashes), a few covers, and the classic DVG songs “Heavy Living”, “Sober”, and “Wild Blue City”. Bell TV1 was on hand to capture it all live for broadcast, as well as photographers and music press from across the Atlantic Provinces.
Through fall of 2016 the band embarked on a Homecoming Tour that hit all corners of the Maritime Provinces and accepted a residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, sponsored by Molson Canadian. The band's first single in several years, “God Help Me I Like It”, climbed to #13 on the European Independent Music Charts (all genres), and their second single and music video, the politically charged “Black Scales”, received nearly 20 000 plays in the week leading up to the US presidential election before being removed by Facebook at the behest and petitioning of Republican/Trump supporters.
On March 25th, 2017, Dali Van Gogh released “From Ashes”, which was recorded at Isaac's newly minted HouseFire Studio One in Halifax, NS. Featuring 11 brand new songs from the band, From Ashes was largely inspired by the 2015 fire, and was representative of “a band that had found its way home” (Brian Lush, Editor of RockWired Magazine). Following the release, and the success of the album's lead single “God Help Me I Like It” which had advanced to the semi-finals of the SOCAN Canadian Songwriting Competition, Dali Van Gogh embarked on several Canadain tours, and
locally won the highly coveted opening slot for the Glorious Sons at the Garrison Brewing Backlot Bash with the album's 3rd single, “Outside Looking In”.
On March 29th, 2019, Dali Van Gogh dropped the follow up to “From Ashes”. “Under Her Spell” has gone on to receive wide spread praise, including a glowing review in London, England's Fireworks Rock and Metal Magazine. Music videos from the album have received over 250,000 plays since it's release, launching the band to new heights on the international stage. The album has a decidedly lighter tone, featuring lyrics about partying, women, and the band's time on the road over the preceding 2 years.
Dali Van Gogh "Under Her Spell" Album Release Show
Left to Right: Johnny Moore, Rachelle Moreau
The band's plans came to a grinding halt in Spring of 2020 as the world was plunged into the Covid-19 pandemic, including dates with LA's Buckcherry and a six week cross-Canada military bases tour. Not ones to let spare time go to waste, the band transitioned from the planned recording in person with Rob Laidlaw at his Toronto studio, to recording a single remotely to test whether doing so was possible or pertinent during these unprecedented times. The result was the furiously structured “Boneyard”, and it's forthcoming followup "Past Crimes", which is slated for a March 31st release.
Dali Van Gogh's 2020 Lineup
Left to Right: Johnny Moore, John Scotto, Rachelle Moreau, Lance Hicks, Isaac Kent
"'Boneyard' is a hook laden new rock energy, can't wait to hear it on the radio. I've had the opportunity to work with some of Canada's best enduring bands and this outfit is perched to make a major impact on the Universal Rock scene.”
- Rob Laidlaw, Juno Nominated Songwriter and Bassist for Platinum Blonde & Honeymoon Suite
ISAAC KENT - GUITAR
Isaac is the founder and driving force behind Dali Van Gogh, and thus his story is largely that of the band.
Born in 1990, Isaac began his musical career as a saxaphonist at age 12, and came to guitar late in life at the age of 17. Shortly after attending a Guns N Roses concert, Isaac received his first guitar as a Christmas gift from his father, who challenged him to learn 10 songs of his choosing by the following Christmas or the guitar would be returned. Including reasonably difficult songs for a brand new guitarist like the GNR hit Sweet Child O' Mine, and Metallica's Enter Sandman, Isaac had every tune learned from beginning to end by the summer. He joined his first band, a power metal group called Black Rose in the summer of 2007, as well as helped to form the pop rock trio Eight Days To Saturday that winter.
Wishing to find the balancing point between his metal guitar skills and his pop and country song writing sensibilities. Isaac formed Dali Van Gogh in 2008. He is also the owner of Halifax based record label HouseFire Records.
Black Rose - 2007
Eight Days To Saturday - 2007
Love, Hate Love
JOHN SCOTTO - VOCALS
John Scotto is the front man and lead vocalist for Dali Van Gogh.
Born in 1981 on Prince Edward Island, Scotto (as the band calls him) studied musical theatre on the island before moving to Nova Scotia to persue a career in music. He spent years as an aspiring singer/songwriter, frequenting open mics across Halifax, before joining Dali Van Gogh in spring of 2016.
Various Solo Projects
JOHNNY MOORE - DRUMS
Nova Scotian drumming phenom Johnny Moore hails from the small town of Elmsdale, Nova Scotia.
Johnny joined the band in late 2018 during production on DVG's new record, Under Her Spell, bringing with him over 10 years of percussive knowledge and song writing ability. Johnny is no stranger to the stage, having performed the breadth of Nova scotia with past projects, including the historic Acadia Theatre with Outlawed Beloved.
Outlawed Beloved - 2016
Session drums on various other works
LANCE HICKS - BASS
A multi instrumentalist, Lance pumps the low strings as bassist for Dali Van Gogh, and also lends his voice to the band's ever expanding harmonies.
Born and raised in Halifax, NS, Lance is a recent graduate of the NSCC Music program and is now studying electronics along side his work with the band. With years of stage experience, and a profound love of hard rock and metal, Lance is an excellent new addition to the band.
Aliens At Large - 2016
Rachelle Moreau - Keys
Long time associate of Isaac Kent, and former singer for Eight Days To Saturday, Rachelle Moreau is the latest edition to the DVG Lineup.
Rachelle joined the Dali Van Gogh in January of 2019, just as the band were finishing up the recording process for Under Her Spell. Lending her considerable vocal presence to the already rich harmonies of the band, as well as bringing nearly 2 decades of performing chops on the piano, Rachelle is a natural fit to round out the sound of Dali Van Gogh.
Eight Days To Saturday - 2007