Dali Van Gogh announced as Semi-Finalist in Canadian Songwriting Competition

Hot on the heels of the release of their new album, From Ashes, Nova Scotian rock band Dali Van Gogh have advanced to the semi finals of the SOCAN Canadian Songwriting Competition with their first single: God Help Me I Like It.


2017 is shaping up to be a great year for Nova Scotian rockers Dali Van Gogh. With a new record in tow, an extensive touring schedule, and eyes on awards nods through the summer and fall, the band is moving ahead at full steam.

Dali Van Gogh debuted its new lineup and sound in September, 2016 with the release of their first single in over 5 years. “God Help Me I Like It”, with a lyric video that chocked up over 15000 views in it's first week, climbed to #9 on the Official European Independent Music Charts through the fall. The song has now made it's way in to the semi-finals of the prestigious SOCAN Canadian Songwriting Competition. The only Nova Scotian band, and one of only 2 selected from Atlantic Canada among a field that includes almost exclusively artists from either Toronto or Vancouver, Dali Van Gogh is among the highest class of up coming Canadian rock writing talent. Having already advanced through several rounds of judging that ruled out thousands of entries from across the country, the band has a lot to be proud of.

“Oh we're ecstatic”, said Isaac Kent, guitarist and founder of Dali Van Gogh. “We don't do this for awards or accolades, we play and write because our fans love the music and so do we. But it is nice to get some recognition from the industry from time to time for the work we've put in. It's always good to know we're heading in the right direction. Plus this will open up opportunities for a much wider audience to hear our music, which is really what this competition is all about for us.”

The Canadian Songwriting Competition is a SOCAN endorsed contest to find the very best songwriters in various genres across the country, with a grand prize that includes $5000 cash, a recording contract in Toronto, mainstream TV and radio interviews, consultations with industry professionals across Canada, a photo shoot, marketing package, and much more. Judges include award winning musician Natalie McMaster and Universal Music A&R Director Ivan Evidente.

Dali Van Gogh is hoping to capitalize on the publicity from the event with a wide spread Canadian release of the sexually charged single, which was written by band members John Scotto, Isaac Kent, and Jaad Stewart.

“God Help Me [I Like It] came together very quickly for us last summer,” said vocalist Scotto. “Jaad and Isaac put the guts of the song together during one afternoon jam session in about 2 or 3 takes. I had these lyrics I had written about lust and a fiery woman you can sink your teeth in to, about addiction and how people can be addictive too. I'd just been waiting on the right music to put them to. Once I heard what Jaad and Isaac had put together, that was it. It just all clicked right away. We tracked the single in studio within a 4 days from that first jam.”

God Help Me I Like It is the first single from the band's new album, From Ashes, DVG's first release since 2012's Wild Blue City. The album, which debuted at #1 this weeks Halifax's CKDU Charts, features 11 songs that loosely cover the emotional journey of Isaac Kent after the destruction of his home and recording studio to a fire in 2015. From Ashes, which was released to a packed house at Big Leagues Sports Bar in Dartmouth, NS, on March 25th, is available on the band's website: www.dalivangoghmusic.com.

For more information on the Canadian Songwriting Competition visit www.songwritingcanada.com.

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