Selected by Dan
Probably like most
readers, this writer had never heard of Dido until rapper Eminem sampled her hypnotic
track Thank You for last years hit single Stan. A subsequent
thorough listen to Didos debut album, No Angel, proved her talent to be real,
matching a seductive voice with thoughtful songwriting. An upcoming first appearance in
Japan by the English songstress, then, should make for one of this falls most looked
forward to musical moments.
The sister of Faithless leader and UK dance music producer, Rollo, Dido showed musical
promise from an early age, attending Londons Guildhall School of Music and touring
with a classical ensemble in her teens.
Exposed to pop and electronica through her brother, Dido began singing with London-based
bands before getting involved with Rollos project, Faithless. She contributed vocals
to the track Flowerstand Man on Faithless 1996 debut Reverence, and when
the album turned into a million seller, she dropped her day job to go on tour with the
Meanwhile, Dido was busy writing her own material. Gradually putting together an
albums worth of demo songs, she was able to ink a deal with the US arm of Arista
Records in 1999. No Angel, co-produced by her brother, was released in June 1999 and
received considerable attention when the song Here With Me was used as the
theme for the hit US television series "Roswell," and when Thank You
was used on the soundtrack for the Gwyneth Paltrow film Sliding Doors.
Following the success of Eminems Stan, the moody, downtempo No Angel
went on to multi-platinum sales. Dido then launched her own solo headlining tour across
the US this summer, while also appearing on the soon-to-be-released third Faithless album,
Meanwhile, Launch reports that she is currently at work on a follow-up to No Angel.
Zepp Tokyo, 10/18, 7pm,
JY6800. Info: H.I.P. 3475-9999. See listings for details.