DOLLSKIN

DollSkinPromo1Back in the 80s an all female hardrock/metal band was a novelty, almost a joke but that was 30 odd years ago. Now it’s almost 2016 and DOLLSKIN ain’t a novelty. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

What is this band really all about?
-This band is about our love for creating and playing music, and our desire to convey our passions through it. One of our goals is to inspire girls, and all our listeners, to peruse their aspirations and dreams. There is no better feeling than meeting a fan who tells us our music has inspired them!

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-We don’t really get too much of a reaction as to where we’re from; more the fact that we’re girls playing rock music in general. We’re from Arizona, which has a great music scene. But hey, we’ve toured to LA and the people we’ve met there are totally rad. We have yet to play New York…but the possibility of playing London is in the cards…We’re so excited!

When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-When you’re a new band first releasing something new out into the music world, you are excited about putting it out there…but aren’t really sure if it’s good or not. So when we get positive reviews it brings huge smiles to our faces to know that people enjoy our sound.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-The biggest challenge is writing songs that we think raises the bar in our standards. When we’re writing, we know we shouldn’t half ass our songs. Letting it lay there, taking the simple route, and saying “Eh…that’s good enough.” is not our style. It has to the raw power and energy that we want. Enough that we want to push it out to our audiences relentlessly and develop it more in the studio! Sometimes it is a little difficult coming up with a song we really love while writing, but that is the benefit of being a bunch of perfectionists. It’s a gift in this business.

Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-The digital side and the physical side of music both kick ass. Of course we are more used to working digitally because of the generation we’re from. iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and all those sources for music have taken over the world But being able to see digital music go from digital to physical (vinyls/Cd’s, all that good stuff), is so interesting to me. Alex and I both have big record collections, so if one of our records went to vinyl…wow. I would be so proud.

With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-Hard rock with punk influences!!

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-EXTREMELY important. Something we can’t stand is reading through lyrics in other songs we know have been written before. I write a majority of the lyrics in the band so I push to write as originally as I can without it seem like I’m trying too hard. A song can be pushed to a whole other level than before with the right lyrics, so we take that stuff very seriously. Sydney has contributed some great lyrics as well to our originals. Keep an eye out for some lyric videos coming soon!

What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Album covers are the first thing you see when you’re scrolling for music, so it has to grab your attention right away. It has to reflect how we see the album and our image.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Absolutely. Especially when we go back to California! When we first played Cali, we gained a lot of new fans and recognized fans at our shows when we came back!! It’s happening a lot in our home state of Arizona.

What do you see in the future?
-Things are really taking off with the EP now on a level that we would have never imagined. Our schedule keeps growing busier and busier and we absolutely freakin’ love it. The future definitely holds some extensive touring. It’s a blessing to be able to show our music to the world. It also holds going back into the studio till next year. We want to work the hell out of these new songs and see what becomes of them. Our parents and team are so gracious in helping us be successful. We can’t thank them enough!

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