TODAY, Little Dume, released their amazing new EP “Waking Up“!
Check out the EP here:
They have been playing together since high school, and have sold out multiple venues in LA including Peppermint Club, SamJam Festival, No Name and Malibu Inn. They’ve also landed several major film syncs with Amazon NBC, Disney, and Fox, including a placement on the promo for Amazon’s upcoming World’s Toughest Race series with Bear Grylls. Another notable mention – James Burnett (the son of producer/MGM chairman Mark Burnett + founder of Burnett Music) plays guitar in the band.
“To us, this EP makes us feel light, warm, and ready all at the same time. These songs come from an honest place, and to be frank, some sad places. The title track ‘Waking Up’ is about Frank Ulf’s, my grandfather, relationship to reality and his sweet dreams. In his last moments, he would tell me that when we went to sleep he’d be 20 again; running, dancing, living his best life with his wife, my grandma. The overall theme is to live with no regrets.” – guitarist James Burnett
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Learn more about Little Dume in the following All Access interview:
Happy New Year! When it comes to your music, what are you most excited about for 2020?
This is a big year for us. We’ve released our first EP. We been working on these songs for couple years now, it feels incredible to finally release them. We’ve also been going non stop preparing our live show. Our goal is to capture everybody’s attention and make a fan. Most
Importantly, we are excited to hit the road and play for many people.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together?
We been a group ( had a couple different names) for about 15 years now! It was only 4 years ago, when we decided Little Dume was what we wanted to be. In that exact moment, as we talked about making dangerous man, we vowed to take this all the way and become The Biggest band in the world. We are reminded by each other, everyday, that this our family, and there is nothing stopping us from our dream.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If not, why is that?
Our hometowns (being Topanga and Malibu) have influenced us in ways that We are so grateful for. Malibu gave us each other. To our own fault, we would skip class and all meet up in music hall to just hang and make music. Not knowing what would happen or what we would become. Dane being older, would always catch us after class. We always wanted to hang with Dane, he was in all the cool popular Malibu bands, we wanted that. We got that.
Topanga, to this day, has been and is our creative and spiritual place. It brings The best out of us. And keeps us on the ground.
Let’s talk about your new EP, “Waking Up.” How excited are you all to be releasing this collection? Did anything about the process of putting it together surprise any of you?
This EP, is a starting point for our band. We’ve cried, yelled, lost sleep, climbed mountains, wept with glaciers, spent a gazillion hours putting our creative influences into a single piece of art. It was beautiful. We wouldn’t change a thing. It happened the way it should. This EP was the first time we recorded everything in our Malibu studio, Hoping it would sound good. And wow. We were shook. And happy.
Generally, how does this group go about writing your music? What is the first step in your music-making process?
The secret is that we never do the same thing twice. When we record we start with a different member every-time. David would bring in a poem and sing it over Wesleys drums. Or the music would come randomly in a jam Sesh at 3 in morning. It’s so sporadic, and unique everytime. And that’s what makes us Little Dume
I would love to know more about what it’s been like having your music featured in so many shows. What has been the most significant one? What was the first?
It’s been a blessing. It’s given us the freedom to be our own label and own team, helping finance the band and our musical lives. It’s not always easy, opportunities come and go, but we will continue to write music we love and push for the shows we love. Dangerous man on NBCs “A.D” was the placement that set the bar. It was the first and one of the biggest opportunities we’ve seen as a group. We believe our recent placement for the promo theme of Amazon’s “Eco-challenge” has been the most significant for the fact that they used Adrenaline. A song about our late dear friend, Johnny Strange. Fly on buddy
I always like to ask bands if you all hang out socially apart from the music? When you aren’t working on music, do you guys hang out for fun?
Family. That is the #1 thing to us. Once you find something as beautiful and full as the band of your dreams, life is a bonus. David and Dane are brothers, they’re chemistry on and off the stage is admirable. Best friends, musical teammates, sonically sound. The reason this works, why any band works, is because you spent most of your time with each other. The do’s and the don’ts , the good and the bad. It’s countless years of perpetual brotherhood.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
We are happiest when are together, doing any one of those things. It’s the time we spent doing the thing we love that makes this real life story a fantasy worth living. Little Dume is brotherhood. Brotherhood is the music. The music makes us happy.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today?
We can’t lie and say that this world is perfect. A lot of inspiration comes from the broken world we live in. We channel that energy, political drama, and sad world through the waves of our music. All we can say is how we feel, through the sound we make. We are extreme activists when comes to taking care of our planet. Mother Earth gave us life. it’s our duty to protect and prolong this life for as long as we live. Climate change is a very real problem It’s time for the world to Wake up to this issue. We’re all Waking Up together.
What musicians have really been inspiring you all since you first started making music? Who would you still love to work with?
As a band, we are inspired by many different and incredible artist that this world has been blessed with! From Coldplay, Kings of Leon, to Radiohead and Young the Giant. We have some amazing inspiration. We would love to work with Coldplay, hopefully hop on tour with young the giant. We will make that goal a reality.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
We hope for a couple things- 1. That family is what makes you who you are. They have your back , and we have yours, 2. To be positive and happy and to dance like no ones watching and 3. Most importantly, it’s time to wake up to the disaster of what climate change has become. It’s time for change, it’s time to make a stand. It’s time to wake up to climate change.