GONE are the glamorous gowns as Dami Im reboots her look and sound ahead of the release of her post-Eurovision single Fighting For Love.hh
The Sound Of Silence star, who galvanised Australian music fans with her spectacular campaign to come second at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has produced another winning performance with her new dance-pop sound.
Im teamed again with the DNA Songs’ Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci who helped her charm Europe with her power pop vocal on the soaring Sound Of Silence.
And to match the sound of Fighting For Love, reminiscent of the electronic trend dominating the pop charts worldwide, the stunning singer has embraced an edgier urban wardrobe.
“I thought it was time to change it up, upgrade my look and sound,” Im told News Corp Australia.
“Obviously we had the overseas market in mind for my first release after Eurovision and I work really well with the DNA boys.”
Im has been on the road every weekend since July and added so many dates in the wake of her soaring popularity after Eurovision, she is booked until next May.
She said she has loved connecting with fans at the concerts, those who have supported her since The X Factor win in 2013 and others who discovered her when she represented Australia at the world’s biggest singing competition in May.
But Im admits Fighting For Love was partly inspired by her own struggles to fit in after immigrating to Australia from South Korea at the age of nine.
“I think a lot of my problems would be solved if I loved myself and thought people accepted me for who I am,” she said.
She said she is still confronted by cultural differences, small things like not knowing the same movies and pop songs her close friends in Queensland grew up with.
Im said she has sought to “blend in” since she was a child so people wouldn’t notice she was different.
The support she received during Eurovision helped reassure her that she was accepted as an Asian Australian pop star.
Talking to her counsellor husband Noah Kim about the insecurities she has harboured since she was a little girl has also helped her.
“I love being a pop star, to be able to sell out my shows and doing what I love but I don’t know if I like the fact people know that I am not good about sharing how I feel about myself,” she said.
“When I was growing up, I was so used to hiding myself, pretending I was like my white friends, and I think probably a lot of immigrants are like that.
“(Eurovision) and my tour are a reminder that people, and not just in Australia, like me for who I am, what I look like and what I stand for. I don’t think I have to be scared any more.”
Fighting For Love is released today in Australia and is expected to also be launched in several European countries in the next few months.
SEE: Club Burwood, Sydney, tonight; Wenty Leagues, Sydney, Saturday; Kedron-Wavell Club, Brisbane, Nov. 3 and 4; Twin Towers, Gold Coast, Nov. 5; Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Nov. 11; The Event Centre, Caloundra, Nov. 12; Capital Theatre, Bendigo, Nov. 18; Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Nov. 19; Port Macquarie Panthers Club, Nov. 25; C. Ex, Coffs Harbour, Nov. 26, Blacktown Workers, Dec. 3; Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Dec. 9, Astor Theatre, Perth, Dec. 10. More dates in 2017 www.damiim.com/tour