Irish-born, Melbourne-based late bloomer DC Cardwell has gathered devoted fans around the globe with his smart, melodic songs, affecting voice, and skillful, inventive guitar playing. Often referred to as a blend of music icons such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Ron Sexsmith & Neil Young, but influenced by a multitude of music styles, DC likes to describe his music as "Omnipop".
DC is a “triple threat” singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and he sealed his credentials by taking out BOTH top prizes in the Australian Catapult Song Contest in 2011 with his profoundly moving song "I Am Still The Same". The home-made video for this song has also gathered plaudits around the world, and, remarkably for a "zero-budget" film, was an official selection of both the Socal and Newport Beach Film Festivals.
DC's distinctive and affecting voice is perfect for his songs which take an honest and often wry look at life, peppered with positivity and redemptive possibility. Combine that with his maddeningly catchy hooks, pop-smart arrangements and melodic lead guitar breaks and you have Beatlesque songs that you will want to hear again and again.
"Fantastic evocative vocal tone and great lyrics. Nice vocal layering builds the song [I Am Still The Same]. The song successfully creates an atmosphere that captures the story of the lyrics. The video clip does also help to tell the story. Together with the clip it's a very moving song." John Foreman (Australian Idol music director) Catapult Song Contest judge's comment
"Head and shoulders above most others. Fantastic lyricism and storytelling leaves you hanging after every phrase. Chord structure very mature, intricate and flowing. The lazy rolling drive of the music is a genius paradox to the sadness within the subject matter. Feels like you are creeping into a box inside the writer’s head, very provocative. The 2nd verse "electric downstrokes" really push the song along into a more subtle field. Chorus harmonies are a perfect melancholy. "Do I have to spell it out, when I can barely spell my name?" ...true songwriting genius." Tony Bourke (Musician - Eskimo Joe) Catapult Song Contest judge's comment
"It [I Am Still The Same] is a simple song but the melancholy, almost pathetic tone and lyrics are endearing and resonate. I can see this on the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson movie." Heidi Peitzner (Agent/Promoter) Catapult Song Contest judge's comment
"Seriously I have a great respect for your songwriting and style. You have a unique delivery that for the uninitiated conjures the vocal prowess of Thom York blended with the edge of John Lennon and a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan. Bravo DC!!" - Doug Mitchell (record producer/engineer)
"DC Cardwell creates a heart felt acoustic gem here, full of wonderful melodic hooks and a Ray Davies styled vocal. The gentle minor chords and harmonies that open "I Am Still The Same" are both brilliant and poignant. "Birthday Present" is another example of solid composition and a revelatory Harrison styled guitar break. Some of the mid-tempo ballads ("The Quiet Ages") are like magical combinations of both Paul Simon and McCartney." - Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic
"Now it's time for the world to discover his exceptional songwriting/performing gifts." - Paul Freeman, Palo Alto Daily News
"This guy is a blast, simple hooks with a powerpop touch that embeds humor catchy turnarounds and a sense of the 60's with a bit of the 80's. This is a fun guy you should check out." - Loren Weisman, Brain Grenade
"He writes from the heart in the same way as Neil Young and applies similar poetic humour to Ray Davies. There ain't a bad song on this album... [it] is overflowing with damn good songs that Cardwell could publish and earn a good income from." - Toxic Pete Brown
"DC Cardwell helps to prove my theory that the closer you get to Antarctica, the happier your songs sound... everyone from Crowded House to Midnight Oil, seems to have a knack for sweet melodies; and DC is no exception." - Bruce Greenberg, LIVE365
“Exceptionally fine songs, DC. Who knew that depression, bitter irony, loneliness and mistrust could be so much fun? I'm not saying that sarcastically. You dig deep with such gentle and humorous resignation it's impossible not to enjoy the bitter truths you unearth. I can't pick a favorite song. They're all my favorites.” - Christopher Morse (songwriter/publisher)
"An album filled with publishable songs and potential television soundtracks perhaps for the likes of shows like 'Friends' or 'That 70’s Show'." - Donna Greene (Global Thunda Network)
"That's a beautiful cover [of Don't Do Anything]. The feel takes it to a different place that I really like." - Sam Phillips
"Occasionally you find something so awesome that you have to put it up. Browsing through the MySpace universe I happened to come across a Melbourne artist by the name of DC Cardwell. It's my first taste of his music and it's really really good" - Baron von Hutch, Sandwich Club
"Hey David that Birthday song is well cool, thats yours???? Probably the best birthday song out there. Thought it was a Beatles track, very good work Sir" - Hush (artist)
"Listened to your stuff and absolutely loved it!! Beautiful touching melodies and lyrics. Birthday Present" is a heart felt song!!" - Tali Birenberg (singer-songwriter)
"DC has a style that is cozily familar yet has originality running thru its veins. Lyrics that will make you heart melt as well as stretch your mind to its limits. He has a voice that shines above all others these days.I
myself have recently purchased some of DC's music & it only makes me want more." Richie Auriemma (singer-songwriter)