13 Questions with DMA’s, eggs, beer and burgers

DMA’s would have been touring their new album, The Glow, in UK about now. Instead their dates have been re-scheduled and they found the time to answer our 13 Questions.

DMA’s are Tommy O’Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took. The band formed in Sydney and made an immediate impression with their self-titled 2014 debut EP.

Their full-length debut, Hills End, saw them crash into Australia’s Top 10, before the second album For Now cemented them as an international force to be reckoned with.

In 2018, they became one of the first Australian bands to play an MTV Unplugged session, following in the footsteps of an alumni that includes Nirvana, Oasis and R.E.M.

An impressive 40,000 tickets were sold for their headline UK tours in 2019, and they continued that ascension with main stage sets at Isle of Wight, TRNSMT and Citadel alongside huge outdoor shows with Courteeners and Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds as well as main support on Liam Gallagher’s 2019 UK arena tour.

The band sold out this year’s London O2 Brixton Academy gig in just hours and performed to a riotous crowd shortly before lockdown in March. They also sold out Manchester Castlefield Bowl in less than 24 hours, currently being rescheduled for 2021, and have announced their biggest London headline show to date at Alexandra Palace.

Third album, The Glow, was released in July and reached number 4 in the UK charts, number 2 in their native Australia. Their star shines bright and lockdown could not have happened at a worse time for the band, with many arguing The Glow is their best and most accomplished work to date.

The Glow

Since then, DMA’s have re-scheduled a series of UK and Ireland arena dates for spring 2021, including Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena and a brace of dates in Dublin (see below).

In the meantime we fired off our 13 Questions to Tommy O’Dell. Here’s what he had to say:

  1. Where are you and what are you doing?

I’m in Canberra, the nation’s capital and potentially the most boring city in the world.

  1. What is your favourite view?

Sydney harbour sunset.

  1. What’s your favourite swear word, and why?


  1. What was the first record / CD you bought with your own money?

What’s the Story Morning Glory.

  1. How do you like your eggs?

Fried, of course.

  1. If you could go to a gig right now, anywhere in the world, which band would you see? And in which venue?

The Weeknd at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney.

  1. Marmite. Yes or no?

Excuse me? Vegemite, thanks.

  1. What’s your favourite season and why?

Spring – daylight saving begins and it’s not cold and not too hot.

  1. Tell us a secret.

I’m a good cook.

  1. Which city do you recommend we visit – and why?

Madrid – good food, good people, good drinks.

  1. What’s your drink of choice?

Beer (not craft beer)

  1. What would be your final meal if you were on Death Row?

Australian hamburger with the lot and chips.

13. Do you have anything else to declare?

Everton are gonna win the league.


DMA’s rescheduled UK dates:


Sun 04 – Newcastle – Hit the North Festival
Wed 07 – Southampton – O2 Guildhall
Fri 09 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Sat 10 – London – Alexandra Palace
Tue 13 – Dublin – Academy
Wed 14 – Dublin – Academy
Fri 16 – Norwich – UEA
Sat 17 – Hull – Bonus Arena


Sat 10 – Leeds – Millennium Square
Sun 11 – Manchester – Castlefield Bowl

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