A video capturing the moment later went viral, gaining more than half a million and cementing the Australian outfit’s reputation as honorary champions of Glasgow.
Watch the DMA musician, 18, join forces at Glasgow MacSorley’s pub for an unexpected duet
“It was the nearest bar to the hotel we were staying in,” guitarist Johnny Tuck recalled, “We were having a few pints of Guinness when all of a sudden, this kid on the corner started playing DMA songs.
Tommy was having a few drinks and stood up to play in the air and lie with him.
“We still don’t take for granted the fact that we’re from the other side of the world and people there know our music.
“It’s very surreal.”
Nearly four years later, a global pandemic and a second major milestone set for TRNSMT later, a lot has changed for Johnny and bandmates Tommy Odell and Matthew Mason as they prepare for the release of their fourth studio album and upcoming UK tour.
Set to be released in its entirety on March 31, Number of Dreams is described as ‘the sheer sum of every single part of the folks who DMA’ over 70 early demos to create a surprising record and a confident showcase for the trio’s evolution as both a group.
Johnny said: “When Covid happened, there was no touring, so for us it became all about the studio which really gave us time to start experimenting with more sounds.
But we intentionally didn’t want to make a record that smelled sick or release any of the songs that were about feeling bad about being in lockdown.
“He’s very upbeat and optimistic.
“We’re working on songs at the moment in our rehearsal space and they really come together.
“We’re very proud of this record. I think it’s our strongest yet.”
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If past successes are any measure to follow, nowhere is they quite as excited to hear new music from DMA as Scotland, the only country in the world where they’ve hit number one on the charts.
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And for Johnny in particular, that love is mutual, having previously spent ten months in Edinburgh with frequent trips to Glasgow.
He said: “The fans in Glasgow are very energetic, almost crazy, and we love that.
“I have a buddy in the pub called the Priory and there’s a lot of great music coming out of there.
“We made our first loop in my bedroom with my mattress pushed up between the wall and the guitar amplifier so we could crank it up so going from that to playing these amazing venues all over the world, particularly in Scotland, it’s amazing.
“I remember one time we played a Motherwell match and our manager told us ‘This is your biggest show yet’ I was like ‘What’s going on here? “.
“We can’t wait to go back.”
DMA will play The O2 Academy on Wednesday, April 19th.
Click to book tickets here.
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