D.D Dumbo

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D.D Dumbo
Birth nameOliver Hugh Perry
OriginCastlemaine, Victoria, Australia
InstrumentsVocals, loops
Years active2013–present

D.D Dumbo is the solo project of the Australian, Castlemaine-based musician, Oliver Hugh Perry, who began the project in 2013 with the release of his self-titled debut EP Tropical Oceans, released by The Blue Rider in 2013 and later re-released by 4AD in 2014. The EP received positive reviews and from here, Perry was invited to attend South by Southwest in the same year, where he was signed by 4AD.[1] Perry also supported Warpaint, Tune-Yards, St Vincent, Jungle and Iron & Wine in 2013.

In 2014, D.D Dumbo played his first shows in the UK and the US, supporting both Daughter and Tame Impala. He also played at Splendour in the Grass in July as well as Pitchfork Paris Festival. His debut album Utopia Defeated was recorded over the winter of 2015 and released on 7 October 2016 by Liberation in Australia and New Zealand and 4AD in the rest of the world. The album was released to positive reviews from FasterLouder,[2] Rolling Stone Australia,[3] and AllMusic.[4] In November 2016, D.D Dumbo was nominated for the J Award for Best Music Video and Best Australian Album and won Best Australian Album.[5]

In February 2017, D.D Dumbo performed at St Jerome's Laneway Festival,[6] as well as winning Song of the Year at the APRA Music Awards of 2017 for "Satan".[7] He was also nominated for four awards in the 2017 ARIA Awards, including Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Male Artist, Engineer of the Year and Producer Of The Year.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Utopia Defeated
  • Released: 7 October 2016[9]
  • Label: Liberation Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Details
Tropical Oceans
  • Released: 27 October 2014[10]
  • Label: D.D. Dumbo
  • Format: digital download, streaming


Year Title Album
2013 "Tropical Oceans"[11] Tropical Oceans
2014 "Crying"[12]
2016 "Satan"[13] Utopia Defeated
2017 "Brother"[15]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Australian Music Prize[edit]

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016[16] Utopia Defeated Australian Music Prize Nominated

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2014[17] themselves Breakthrough Independent Artist Nominated
AIR Awards of 2017[18] themselves Best Independent Artist Nominated
Breakthrough Independent Artist Nominated
Utopia Defeated Best Independent Album Nominated
"Satan" Best Independent Single or EP Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[19]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
APRA Music Awards of 2017 | "Satan" Song of the Year Won

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Utopia Defeated ARIA Award for Best Male Artist Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated
Oliver Hugh Perry & Fabian Prynn for Utopia Defeated ARIA Award for Producer of the Year Nominated
ARIA Award for Engineer of the Year Nominated

J Awards[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. The awards are given in an on-air ceremony held in November each year as part of triple j's AusMusic Month.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016[20] Utopia Defeated Australian Album of the Year Won
"Satan" by D.D Dumbo (directed by Jim Elson) Australian Video of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Writer, Staff. "D.D Dumbo Signs World Label Deal with 4AD". Themusic.com.au.
  2. ^ D'Souza, Shaad. "D.D Dumbo Makes Hell Sound Heavenly on 'Utopia Defeated'". Faster Louder.
  3. ^ Smith, Sarah. "D.D. Dumbo: Utopia Defeated". Rolling Stone Australia. Archived from the original on 27 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ Monger, Timothy. "D.D Dumbo- Utopia Defeated". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Brandle, Lars. "D.D. Dumbo's 'Utopia Defeated' Wins Triple J's Australian Album Of The Year". Billboard.com.
  6. ^ Wilson, Zanda. "D.D Dumbo Added To Laneway Festival's 2017 Lineup". MusicFeeds.
  7. ^ "Song of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Utopia Defeated (DD)". Apple Music. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Tropical Oceans (EP)". Apple Music. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  11. ^ "D.D Dumbo - Tropical Oceans". YouTube. November 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  12. ^ "D.D Dumbo - Crying". YouTube. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  13. ^ ""Satan" - single". Apple Music. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  14. ^ ""Walrus" - single". Apple Music. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  15. ^ ""Brother" - single". Apple Music. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  16. ^ Zuel, Bernard (9 March 2017). "Australian Music Prize: A.B. Original win with a timely, angry protest album". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  17. ^ "CARLTON DRY AIR AWARDS 2014 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Speaker tv. September 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  18. ^ "A.B Original dominates 2017 AIR Awards nominations". Theindustryobserver. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  19. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  20. ^ "The J Award 2016". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2020.