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Going Focus: Dorothy

LA-based rock quartet Dorothy are paving the way to stardom quickly and with fierceness. One step at the time, single after single, they have already achieved great results and numerous tokens of esteem. They are the first rock band signed to Roc Nation, the label founded and led by Jay Z. Their songs have been picked for several important commercials, such as Gatorade, Skullcandy and EA Sports’ Fifa 2016. Miguel personally choose them as supporting act of his successful WildHeart tour. So we decided to dig a bit more and see what is really behind the whole buzz.

Hi guys! Last year After Midnight was a real shock for us. It made us think: are The Kills back? What inspired that song, musically and lyrically?

All of our songs come from a personal place, but at the same time we try not to take ourselves too seriously. After Midnight could be somewhat of an ode to the party life. It warns “Get on this train, but don’t ride it too hard if you can’t handle it.

The next month, Wild Fire followed After Midnight and, in our opinion, it was like a statement: “We’re doing this for real. We’re here to stay”. What do you remember about recording that song?

I remember having a really great time with Wildfire. It was full of energy and attitude. This was about the time we were really starting to uncover our sound. Singing that way was very cathartic for me, and I think it was a way for me to process emotions that, until then, I hadn’t really known how to deal with. Wicked Ones is great because now the crowd gets involved and sings the chant with us.

Your sound has a hint of blues in it, More simply, we can say that it has its roots in traditional rock. With which bands you grew up and which ones inspired you the most to found Dorothy?

Someone once told me “All Rock N’ Roll starts with the Blues.” There’s a mountain of truth to that saying. I listen to Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson often because they remind me that all that matters is the feeling. You can clap and sing without any instrumentation, and if it’s drenched with feeling you will move people. I grew up listening to bands like CCR, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and tons of “oldies”. That hasn’t changed. Their music was full of feeling. I had the pleasure of working with Linda Perry, and I agree with her stance that music nowadays has lost much of it’s soul. We need to remember that and keep it alive.

 

dorothyvertIt seems that’s a new generation of rock bands, like you or Slaves or Fat White Family, that are ready to take up the baton from iconic groups such as White Stripes and The Kills. Do you feel ready for that? Because rock will never die but lately it has not enjoyed the best of health.

That’s a huge compliment. We cannot present ourselves without nodding to the great musicians who have preceded us, absolutely. When people say something like “Rock Is Dead” it makes me wonder if people are thinking for themselves or just regurgitating things that they hear being said by the people around them. Rock is dead? Really? Go to a Jack White show then. I saw them perform on my birthday at Coachella this year and they were fantastic. I agree, Rock will never die. Music CAN’T die. It definitely fluctuates and has it cycles, almost like a living, breathing thing. That being said, I would like to think we are more than just “A Rock Band”. I’m all about being open minded and experimenting. I’d like to think that what we do is exciting and fun, and hope everyone else feels the same. If it feels good, it’s all good to me!

Rock will never die.
Music CAN’T die.
It definitely fluctuates and has it cycles, almost like a living, breathing thing. That being said, I would like to think we are more than just A Rock Band
Dorothy

Since the beginning, you received a huge support. Blogs have supported you with enthusiasm, you trended on HypeM and Soundcloud and Skullcandy invited you to perform in Europe. How do you handle the pressure?

BLESS those blogs! We all take it one day at a time, and I don’t feel alive unless I’m grinding. To me it’s not pressure, it’s exciting. Everyday I wake up and remind myself that I could be sitting in a cubicle, or at a job I hate. So we make the music for the people who are. If I could shake people, wake them up and remind them that their dreams are just a thought away (in person) I would. Since I can’t, I sing it to them.

When we connected for the first time with your music, we were impressed by Dorothy’s punchy way of singing, Is it just about anger and spitting it out through the singing or there’s more? After the release of your self-titled debut EP, you headlined a local residency at Bootleg Theater every Monday night in November. Can taking the stage night after night be considered a sort of therapeutic ritual?

It’s very therapeutic. There’s nothing better than connecting to an audience that’s tuned in and really enjoying themselves. The best shows are when everyone lets go, grabs a drink or someone they love, and puts their cell phones away. When there’s an electronic middle-man in between you and the music, it’s hard to enjoy it fully. I encourage everyone to remember that they are human, and that not everything needs to be real-timed to instagram. Although we appreciate the support, we would much rather you are fully immersed in your experience.

You’re now signed to Roc Nation. Dorothy (feat. Jay Z): how would it sound?

Sounds like money drenched in honey to me.

 

You recently supported Miguel in his WildHeart Tour. Has it been difficult to relate to an audience that probably does not belong to you that much? Tell us something of the “behind the scene” of a tour of that size.

We adore Miguel’s fans. They welcomed us with open arms. It was great to see everyone warmed up to us by the end of our set. Even more to come home to several of his fans wearing “Wildheart” tee shirts in the front row of our homecoming show at The Satellite Theater!

When there’s an electronic middle-man in between you and the music, it’s hard to enjoy it fully.
I encourage everyone to remember that they are human, and that not everything needs to be real-timed to Instagram. Although we appreciate the support, we would much rather you are fully immersed in your experienceDorothy

dorothycorposquareBasically, we want to make songs that we think Beavis and Butt-head would like.” This quote from you warmed our nerd hearts. We have no doubt that B&B would love it, but what about Star Wars? Which character would dance like nobody’s watching while listening to your songs?

Jabba The Hut.

With your debut album scheduled for release next year, what can we expect from Dorothy soon? A Christmas album maybe? 😀

What about a Halloween Album? You can expect Vinyls, and some tour dates!