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theDOLLDAZE @ Masquerade, The

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Jun
24
theDOLLDAZE @ Lenny's Bar

None, Georgia, USA

None, Georgia, USA

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theDOLLDAZE @ Smith's Olde Bar

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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http://artnouveaumagazine.com/blog3/2009/03/22/scene-in-atlanta-jdavey-sugarhill/ - ART NOUVEAU MAGAZINE


theDollDaze respresents the Atlanta, GA region with an excellent & interesting blend of indie Pop, Rock and Soul Music influences in her music.

Since her first independently released album in 2006, Watching Carousels, theDollDaze has been consistently on tour internationally performing and selling her music by all means.

She just recently dropped a new collection of music for free download, ACID REPORT – the missing peace EP, which has some pretty nice mid-tempo to high paced grooves.

You can find out more about what’s going on with theDollDaze’s latest performances, music projects and such over at her official website, http://www.TheDollDaze.com.

theDollDaze: ACID REPORT – the missing peace EP
Download Link

Tracklisting:

1. 2040
2. The Hard Way *
3. Words
4. Let It Blow!!! *
5. Please Everybody
6. I Know *

- Planet Ill: Indiescent Exposure


You haven’t heard someone sang, yes I said sang, until you’ve heard theDOLLDAZE belt through one of her melodic rock songs. You can hear her on a track called “Illuminate The Sky” on Art Nouveau Magazine & GreatEclectic’s “Noise Porn,” set to drop Feb 16. Until then listen to her song “I Know.” I know you’ll love it. I do.

http://www.an-mag.com/noise-porn-thedolldaze/ - Art Nouveau Magazine


The heart swells for the ether-blessers we take in with grateful sighs, whilst gems of the Purple variation gleam, mid-polish, in the lab.

TheDollDaze, my new sonic superheroine's current EP has me singing along, on the regular [in public, no less, without qualm... which is something given my tendency toward humming in the shower]. The chic is a superstar [those who caught the earlier txt stream already know my opining regarding her].

http://purplezoe.blogspot.com/2010/01/digital-gems-dolldaze-jdavey.html - Purple.Mag


DC: Thank you so much for this interview and saying yes to your participation in thedocumentary.


tDD: It's my pleasure and I'm glad that you are doing this. It will give a voice to what we go through as women in this industry and that's something that I haven't seen addressed as of yet.


DC: So what's the scene like in Atlanta?


tDD: Atlanta is a classroom. The people that you see on the way up are the same people you will see on the way down and everything in between. It's a small network even though people come here and think that it's a music mecca, but it's really like that in my opinion for like hip hop/rap, you know like snap and trap rap. Even the R&B artist have a difficult time here because Atlanta is so predominantly wrapped up in the hip hop/rap scene. That's what Atlanta is known for and that's what the radio stations play. All music has it's place and I'm not downing that, but there are other variations of music waiting to present themselves.


DC: Perception is that Atlanta is a music mecca and that the radio stations support all. Do you find that to be true when it comes to alternative music?


tDD: It would be great if mainstream radio stations played alternative music, but the fact of the matter is that you will only hear that on the college radio stations who are willing to take the chance of playing the music. Radio stations are a business, who are tied in with the record labels. With that said, you will hear the same top 40 songs played over and over in rotation because that's the deal that's been made. Whoever the "It" person is for the moment that's who gets played.


I mean they aren't thinking about playing theDOLLDAZE, lol, and even if they were, their program directors aren't thinking about that. It's all politics and they have their rules to follow.


DC: You would think that radio stations could find even just an hour in the day to break and play new artist.


tDD: You would think that. When you think back in the past when dj's took pride in breaking an artist first and creating the hype and buzz that made an artist great. That doesn't exist anymore on a mainstream level. It's so far away from that. Now with the digital age, it helps us as Indie artist to get our music out there. Now we have outlets to promote our own music like, Pandora, Last FM, and the Live 365.


tDD: There are so many things that we can do to market ourselves especially when we have our Bandcamp, Myspace, and Facebook to promote ourselves. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing compared to what a label can do to market an artist, but at this stage of the game when the labels are falling apart, it works well for those of us who are truly in the Indie scene. And now you have Satellite stations who are willing to take a chance on Indie artist. So it comes down to are you going to put time into your self to market your music, so that you are building an audience and being heard.


DC: How did you make the decision that you wanted to be more of an alternative artist instead of taking the path of an R&B artist?


tDD: I started out trying to do an alternative style of R&B music. I was writing for other R&B artist, and writing hooks for rappers, but I always had a desire to do something slightly left and off centered anyway. So even though I was doing the R&B thing I always wanted to be different, and have my music be different.


tDD: It was really, really hard trying to get someone to understand my vision for the music that I wanted to create. Finally I ran into a producer 78 Elements and we started doing more of like a pop rock project. We started doing the pop rock project and the name of that project was called "Watching Carousels". We put that out in 2005 - 2006 and that was cool, but it was a lot of production work to it. It didn't really capture the essence of what I was trying to do, so that's when I decided to pick up a guitar.


DC: So you are a self taught musician?


tDD: Yes, I decided to pick up a guitar and teach myself, because that was the only way that I would be able to communicate to anyone exactly what I was going for in terms of my music. It allowed me to show people and tell them that this is how the song should go, as opposed to them thinking on what I wanted and it be wrong. learning the guitar gave me more lead way to express what my vision was. R&B was like this tiny little square that keeps you confined. i had a bigger, broader vision for my music.


DC: So how does your look play into all of this?


tDD: When you look at it from a marketing perspective, I don't fit in the R&B world. I have a very unique look when I perform. I like theatrics and costumes and bringing my music to life. With R&B they were like you're cute, but we want you to look like this, we want you to dance, etc. That just wasn't me. I need to be free with my music. If you see me perform you will see that I'm a wild woman and I need to be able to roam free lol! for that reason R&B just wasn't for me.


tDD: I really wanted to make sure that my look was mine. So many times you have artist who come to the label with their own look, and the label changes the look to fit how they want to market them. They have them cut their hair, weave their hair, wear this, do this, talk like this, act like this, and when they are done with you, you are left wondering what happened. That's a more difficult road to try and re-create yourself after someone has stripped you of what you were before. R&B is about the "It" girl, and the "It" girl only lasts as long as the next "It" girl arrives and takes her place. I think with alternative styling you have more longevity because I control my look and any changes that I make to it.


tDD: The other thing that comes into play is ageism. With R&B the women become younger and younger as the "It" girl. There are so many fantastic women who are out there doing their thing who get left to the side because they are slightly older. Take someone like Ledisi who can sing her ass off, who doesn't get the same love and marketing as say a Keri Hilson. What's that about? I'm not trying to compare them, but at the same time where is the balance that comes with just being a great singer?


DC: What do you define your music to be?


tDD: The only reason why I even try and put a name to my music is because when I get this question I have to answer it LOL! I call it Indie/Rock/Soul. The difficulty in labeling music is the backlash that happens when you want to change it up. To declare yourself as a rocker, when the label "Rocker" has no true market out their for Black women is a tough road. That's why I believe that some women don't know what to label their music. My next album will have some classical music and vocal styling that may not be considered rock, but it is definitely more indie rock and doesn't fit within the labeling of R&B.


tDD: I mean I just like to write a good song. If no one wants to sing along to something on your CD, then that's a problem LOL . I mean I want you too hum along with something LOL.


DC: Tell me about how you came up with the songs on your EP "Acid Report: the missing peace"?


tDD: "Acid Report: the missing peace", came about because I was going through sort of a musical change and shifting from trying to shop myself to different producers and labels in Atlanta. It was like they were interested and they were saying things like "she's a Black girl doing pop rock stuff, but then she's talking about Black girl stuff, and we just don't understand it". Then when I was in the studio with those same people they would say things like "well maybe you should sing the song like Averil Lavigne". I can't do that, I have to just be me and sing and perform my songs the way that they come to me. I can't be a people pleaser. That EP was a lot about me.


tDD: Like the song "I Know". I know what I feel, and I know what I want to write, and want to do. Even in life experiences, I realized that I started off trying to be a people pleaser, or a yes girl, and it's hard to do that because no one is ever going to be pleased with everything. Then I realized sometimes you just have to please yourself. That's how "I Know" came about.


DC: What was your process for that EP?


tDD: I had it all in my head and I needed to get it out. I got my guitar and started from scratch writing all of the songs. Then I hooked up with Andrew Warren and we knocked it out. We got together, worked out the arrangements and recorded that album live. That's how it all came together.


DC: What is your biggest struggle?


tDD: Because I'm an indie artist money is a factor. The thing about doing something that you love, is that you may not make the money neccesary to keep it going. That's the one thing that mainstream record labels have. They have the money to distribute, market and tour an artist. When it's just you, it becomes difficult because it's all you, and you still have to maintain your personal life of a job, bills, eating LOL. Then add the business of marketing yourself as an artist and it's a lot. I mean when you have to decide between keeping your job or going to a gig out of state for a few days, that's a big decision. That's a struggle, cause you want to do your craft and let others hear you outside of where you live, but you still have to know that when you get back you can still survive. Life is real, and although the we sell the fantasy, real life is just what it is . . . real life. That's what I'm striving for, away to make money with my music full time and be able to take care of myself that way.


DC: On your site you have your music up for a free download. Why is that?


tDD: You have to look at it as a way to market yourself and get your music out there. There are so many artist willing to give a free download because you want your music to be heard. When you have huge artist like Cold Play giving away music to be heard, how can I go and ask someone to pay for mine?


DC:: So how are you getting your gigs?


tDD: I have a great manager in Karen Mason, from Honor Music Group, who gets me booked. But sometimes I get paid and sometimes I don't. That's just the nature of the game. You have gigs that pay, and then you have gigs that you do just to be seen and to get your name out there. That makes the money inconsistent and I can't depend on that because bills still come at the end of the day. It's a challenge but I just keep moving forward because this is what I love.


DC: Can you tell us a little about your new project?


tDD: I don't want to give too much of it away, but the new album is tentatively called "Mystic Novel" and it's basically a psychotic love story. It's hard to talk about, but if you come to my shows you would understand.


tDD: I love costumes and theatrics. When I go to see someone perform I'm looking at the whole picture along with the music. I mean I love a costume. I loved looking at Parliament, Labelle, Jimi Hendryx because their look added to the music. If you get to know me you will see that I like the Renaissance Period and Pirates. This album will be a nice journey and I'm thinking of releasing it in chapters. It's a musical novel similar to like an opera. So I'm excited to let the people judge how they like it when it come out.


DC: How did you come up with the concept for this album?


tDD: It came out of us talking about the Mystique of a person. When you first meet someone you really don't know anything about that person except for what they present to you at that moment. It's not until your two or three years down the road that you start really seeing who that person is. That's when it all comes out and you see their true colors. So it started from there.


DC: What do you think needs to happen within the industry to help open doors for Black women of alternative music to be able to succeed?



tDD: I think the biggest thing is giving the music a platform. if it's good music then it's just good music regardless of the label. We have to get back to knowing that there is no harm in breaking a new artist. On the other hand we as artist have to take ownership in ourselves and help create those platforms as well. If he music is on point then there is no denying the success of the music, but the challenge is getting it out there for the fan base to say that the music is on point. We have to be accountable for what we put out as well.

http://graffititomboy.blogspot.com/2010/02/thedolldaze.html - Graffiti Tomboy


If anybody remembers Michel’le, the late ’80s/early ’90s R&B singer who worked with (and eventually had a son by) producer Dr. Dre, you might understand why Atlanta-based songwriter and artist the Dolldaze reminds me of her.

They sound nothing alike, mind you. But Michel’le has this helium-high speaking voice that’s the polar opposite of her rich, soulful singing voice. The difference in the Dolldaze’s speaking and singing voices isn’t quite that dramatic, but it’s interesting to hear how her Southern, round-the-way accent totally disappears once she begins singing.

But trust, that’s where the comparison between them ends. The self-penned song that the Dolldaze starts singing about 1:18 into the above video is one of the highlights from her recently released six-song EP, Acid Report: The Missing Peace. Titled “Let it Blow,” it features her signature blend of classic rock and soul. The traces of flamenco in her guitar strumming combine with her vocals in a way that reminds me of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick singing “White Rabbit” for some odd reason. The alternating push-and-pull of the song’s changing rhythms builds a nice bit of tension, too.

- Creative Loafing Atlanta


Do the ladies run this mutha? Hard to argue otherwise Saturday night at 529 where eight female artists battled it out onstage at the first monthly Perfect Attendance showcase of the new year. A packed house of loud supporters braved 20-degree temps outside and post-NYE hangovers — further proof that Atlanta has seemingly become the breeding ground for developing female talent in the past couple of years.

“This is a celebration of women in music,” show host Dres declared between acts. “Make some noise for some girl power in this muthafucka!”

The crowd abided as the ladies rocked (and hip-hopped and dance-popped and electro-funked and straight-up R&B’d) the joint. In the end, crowd response and the opinion of judges (of which I was one) helped determine the winners. After a three-way tie between Iyana, Khaos da Rapper and Corrine Stevie, Iyana won in the rap category. And after a tight tie between singers Richelle Brown and the Dolldaze, Richelle pulled it out. (See what the winners won.)

Below the jump are my leftover iPhone notes taken while judging the show. While I was familiar with a few of the acts, it was my first time seeing the majority of them live. So these were my initial reactions while under the influence of a few lite beers.


(Random plus signs represent my ranking of a performance on a scale of one to ten.):

the dolldaze
dolldaze is sick

(RODNEY CARMICHEAL's Words)

THE DOLLDAZE
song title: “let it blow”
sounds like she got a portable mariachi band n her back pocket
crazy vocals
looks like her grandmas on drums, killin it tho
im counting the veins in dd’s neck
she’s a banshee
fuck it, im skippn church tomorrow
“i feel the moonshine and the patron shots” she tells crowd
rockn the plgd n guitar
song title: “the hard way”
damn she kilt itt

http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/cribnotes/2010/01/04/blk-grls-rocked-and-rapped-perfect-attendance/ - Creative Loafing Atlanta


Discography

2006- Released full Length CD "Watching Carousels"

2009- EP "ACID REPORT:the missing peace"EP

2010- "Mystic Novel:1" Set to release Spring/Summer twenty 10

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Bio

Who knows what it’s like to be in a daze? I think we all have experienced it from time to time. Stunned and bemused at the sight or sound of whatever you behold. theDOLLDAZE has this effect on her audiences each time she takes the stage.

DoLL has never been one to follow the trends. It has always been about just “being”. She says candidly “Who has a choice in the way God creates you”. Some people do music because it is something that they love but they have no passion behind it. DoLL clearly has the passion of her ancestors and even more an outer-world like spirit behind what she conveys musically. Her shows have been known to create a church like environment. With some of the audience in awe and the others in uproar because of the sheer intensity.

The style of music she’s crafted has many elements and even she admits she doesn’t know what others make of it but she calls it Indie/Rock/Soul. “I would rather not put a name tag on it but people like a point of reference” she says. Her music exemplifies the blurred genres that the emerging Indie scene in Atlanta brings to the music industry.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA she has a natural southern charm and the accent to match. She has a genuine sweetness that hasn’t been tainted by the rah- rah of the superficial “Black Hollywood” some have come to know Atlanta for. She has a down to earth perspective on life and how to treat people. She has the true spirit of the GA red clay that exudes whenever you see her. For this reason some say her music takes on a personality of it’s own because it’s seemingly polar opposite of her everyday Atlien way. This is a part of the DAZE element. ATL has a gem and she is surely becoming a favorite for the bubbling scenes around town.

Her latest release a EP entitled “Acid Report: the missing peace” has slowly made its way to the ears of audiences in Atl and beyond. One of the fan favorites “Let it Blow” has a tinge of Latin influence and the tempo changes throw you into a place that catches you off guard at first but then makes you smile after you follow it. The six songs on her EP channel subjects that make you wanna get up and go for your dreams like in “2040″ or even scream and thrust your head back and forth like in “the Hard Way”. Her goal was to introduce a portion of her sound to audiences so they get a small taste of what lies ahead for the dazed one.

theDOLLDAZE’s newest musical endeavor is a romantic tale entitled “Mystic Novel” a short film/novel concept album. She can’t say to much about it besides it’s a sort of period based semi-psychotic love story. The artwork and song snippets for the first passage will be released in late winter or early spring of 2010. She assures you will not be disappointed.