What So Not Releases Thumping New Single ‘The Change’ Featuring DMA’s

What So Not has emerged from a year-long hiatus with new release ‘The Change’, a striking collaboration with fellow Aussie outfit DMA’S.

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Australia’s What So Not (Chris Emerson) has made his biggest, boldest statement yet with the release of Not All the Beautiful Things. This studio album is the product of three years of hard work. What So Not has truly earned a place as one of the most ambitious producers in the game. Not All The Beautiful Things was supported as a triple j featured album. Featuring collaborations with Skrillex, Slumberjack, San Holo, Michael Christmas, and legendary ‘Africa’ rockers Toto, the album spawned the hit ‘Be OK Again’ featuring Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns and has received praise across various media, including NYLON, who described it as

“a fully packaged, uncompromised artistic vision”.

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What So Not supported the album with a 150 show tour via 45 countries which included stops at Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza in South America. The show was accompanied by a colossal chrome horse (on monster truck wheels) which graced the album’s cover. Since debuting in 2011, What So Not has garnered over 1 billion combined streams. These include such anthems as ‘High You Are‘, ‘Waiting’ with Skrillex and RL Grime, and his remix of RÜFÜS du Sol’s ‘Innerbloom‘.

Already considered to be one of the most exciting live acts in circulation, Emerson has further cemented this reputation via a surprise Daniel Johns (Silverchair) cameo during his set at Australia’s Laneway Festival. The duo delighted fans with a brand new remix of the Silverchair classic ‘Freak.’

Most recently, Emerson fulfilled a personal dream. This took the form of a remix of Run The Jewels ‘JU$T’ ft Pharrell Williams and Zack De La Rocha, at the beginning of 2021.

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Chris Emerson says of the DMA’S collaboration,

“I met Johnny at their studio – a small room next to a noisy inner-city road, above a pub, with no sound insulation. We had (somehow) never met but clicked instantly, discussing life on the road, COVID & found commonality on our all-time favourite artists. The first thing we made is pretty much the track you hear. Johnny liked our little idea so much he decided to get the whole band involved a couple of days later we tracked Tommy & brought Mason in for some extra pieces. I feel like this record is one the two of us have always wanted to make but never had the right pieces of the puzzle, until now.”

Johnny Took (DMA’S) adds,

“Emoh and I had never met before the day of our first session but quickly bonded over synths, production gear, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Underworld. Being from such different songwriting worlds really made this a great collaboration for me. Once we got Tommy and Mason on the track after that first day of writing we knew we were onto something special and new for both of us.”


DMA’S (Tommy O’Dell, Matt Mason, Johnny Took) exploded onto the scene in 2014. The group have gone from strength to strength since their debut single ‘Delete’ hit the charts. Since, the boys have released two critically acclaimed albums – Hills End (2016) and For Now (2018). Both albums charted Top 10 in the ARIA Charts, resulting in ARIA nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release. Forging their reputation abroad, the latter earned a #13 chart position in the UK as well as festival slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals. 2019 saw the Sydney lads play sold out shows across the UK and Ireland, supporting Liam Gallagher’s UK arena tour. Eight thousand tickets to their July Manchester show sold out in a matter of hours.

Back in Oz, they’ve scored a Platinum record for ‘Delete‘ plus Gold discs for ‘Lay Down‘ and ‘Step Up The Morphine‘.

The band’s third studio album, THE GLOW, was released 10 July 2020 and debuted at #2 on the ARIA Charts, #4 in the UK and #1 in Scotland.

Check out the brand new clip for ‘The Change’ below:

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