Dallas Woods Dallas Woods Melbourne Dallas Woods At a young age Dallas Woods developed the uncanny ability to find humour in the most unlikely places. Poverty, suicide, abuses of all kinds are a common theme in his life yet its relentless exposure has provided him with the mettle to cut-through society’s demons so he can apply words to his tsunami of feelings and thoughts. Dallas writes with a wealth of humility, knowledge and experience; it’s his coping mechanism. A Noongar man raised in the E.K. [Wyndham – East Kimberley] Dallas is a quintessential underdog who dropped out of school at age 14; he was raised without a father figure and ran AMOK headed straight for the justice system. Luckily for him in 2007 the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects came through town at a formative moment and spotted this wayward kid’s talent and cheeky knack for word play. Dallas would pop up in break-dance cyphers during after-school sessions and completely blew the minds of the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects [IHHP] facilitators with his energy and dance moves that “were literally electric”. Wanting to join the IHHP family, despite there be now room for him to join the gang on tour, Dallas’ mother offered their family car for Dallas to go on the intensive 3 week dance tour. Prison was no longer the only option. In those three weeks ‘Halls Creek’ [Kimberley WA] Dallas’ work began to make an impact. Seeing his value as a mentor particularly with at risk kids whom Dallas has an amazing ability to connect with he was engaged as a key IHHP facilitator. He went on to win the East Kimberley Young Achiever Award at the age of 15 in 2009. In 2016 he was on the song-writing team for the NIMA award-winning track titled Break the Silence raising awareness for White Ribbon. Since this time Dallas has visited over 250 communities and earned a feature role on Move it Mob style [ABC 3]. In 2014 he met Danzal Baker [aka Baker Boy] at an IHHP artist camp in Melbourne, soon after they worked together for the first time on a job in Gove / Dhalinybuy NT. Dallas took Danzal then 17 y.o under his wing empathising with how he was missing home. It was here that Baker Boy was inspired to start rapping in his own style, started writing songs for the first time with Dallas and ignited the journey that catapulted him to where he is now. The two are staunch friends and continue to write together including Baker Boy’s new single Mr La DiDaDi. Dallas decided to move on from the physical demands of dance and started to hone his skills as head MC for IHHP; he was a natural. A Master of Ceremony with the ability to hype an audience beyond the norm. A few steps further Dallas releases his debut track 9 x out of 10, continues to write and perform with Baker Boy and has plans in the works to release an EP to coincide with his support slot on Baker Boy’s national tour this May and June.