With a sound similar to Nick Mulvey, George Ezra and fellow northerners Elbow, Dhali is a vivacious artist who, having already earned airplay on Radio 1 and 2 and support slots for artists including Frank Turner, Scott Matthews and Lucy Spraggan, is certainly one to watch.
His new track ‘In Time’ makes clever use of more niche timbres including tambourines, xylophone and soaring strings offset against a mean fuzz bass to forge a uniquely positive ambience. Furthermore, Dhali uses his music to dive into deeper topics such as self-exploration, spirituality and the need to be true to oneself.
As he explains, “The song is really about not waiting around, which is funny cos I wrote it four years ago in India. I guess it was like a prophecy. It’s taken me this long to work out how to be me. It’s kinda like a declaration to myself that I’m not gonna dress up in any bullshit. We’re all here in time, and we don’t have long so I can’t waste mine being buried under some crumbling facade when what’s underneath is beautiful. I genuinely believe that the Self in everyone is divine, so I refuse to disguise or crush mine like I have in the past. Take it or leave it, here’s mine now show me yours kinda thing”
The music video for ‘In Time’ perpetuates this overarching sense of hope for the future, depicting Dhali himself shimmying his way through the London tube network and dancing through the centre of London covered in rainbow splatters. Indeed, Dhali is intent on delivering his own inimitable brand of sunshine and song to everyone. Something that is particularly necessary at such a time of global unrest!