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INTERVIEW: Dovley

Hi Dovley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been really good, just ridiculously busy. I have tons going on but I’m super excited every day to roll up my sleeves and dive into all of the projects I have going on.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Prism”?

“Prism” is the 2nd song off my new album coming out 2020. It’s definitely one of the more experimental songs on the project.

I knew I wanted to make something that embodied the layers of falling in love, not necessarily knowing where I was going with it but creating more based off of that emotion. I made the song a few years ago and pretty much abandoned it thinking no one would like it. I was a little unsure of how people would take it, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see how so many people have embraced the randomness that is that track.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Well, I was working on a collaborative project with Morris Hayes, Prince’s keyboardist, and David Alexander, one of the founders of Icon Collective, and wrote the song to a rough track we had started to put together. Then we found out Prince had passed and it put the project on hold. A year ago, I was going through some of my old songs with a friend and came across the scratch vocals and they were like, “That vocal is dope! You should use it!” I called Morris and David and asked if it was cool if I create my own track to the vocal and they gave me the green light and then I created what you hear today.

How was the recording and writing process?

I actually wrote the song while recording the vocal at the same time. After that, I custom created the track around the acapella…not the order I usually create in, but I guess it’s really different every time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Well, that’s funny you ask because right now we’re planning the music video for it. Me and my team just got a new production studio to run the label out of and we’re actually planning on shooting the video there. It’s gonna be cray cray, so stay tuned!

The single comes off your upcoming album Beautiful Chaos – what’s the story behind the title?

Beautiful Chaos is a reference to the universe which is comprised of billions of things seemingly disconnected, but all working together. It symbolizes how we have to go through tough times to get us to where we’re meant to be. That even through disasters something good can come of it down the line.

What aspect of chaos did you get to explore on this record?

I got to explore every aspect of chaos by dipping into different genres like house, future bass, pop and R&B. I mean if you listen to the album in it of itself it’s pretty chaotic. I am a random person and I was so happy to get to write and produce what I wanted without having to worry about coloring inside of the lines.

You write, produce, and sing all of your original music. How important is it for you to be involved in all aspects of the creative process?

I started producing at 11 years old so all I’ve ever known was having my hands in every pot of the creative process. I’ve always had a strong vision for what I wanted and I’ve always been someone to take the reins and figure out a way of making it happen. I remember growing up and hearing an awesome song and thinking, “How the hell do I create that myself on my keyboard and my two dollar software?” [laughs] I’ve come a long way since then.

What role does Los Angeles play in your music?

I’m originally from Boston but I’ve been in LA for quite a while now and I would like to say my music embodies the diversity of the city. When I first moved out here I was doing mostly pop music but then I fell in love with EDM and then shortly after the underground house music scene. I think my music is a combination of all of it and I’m inspired every day by everything from the chill vibes of Venice to the griminess of Downtown.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! Me and team are currently planning a Winter 2019/Spring 2020 tour around the US. We will be announcing dates soon!

What else is happening next in Dovley’s world?

Well, Beautiful Chaos is the 1st album being released under my record label Cromadiscope Music Consortium. We’re currently working with other artists planning on putting out more music in 2020. I’m also in the process of developing a new TV show called Festival Season. We’ve already shot the pilot but we’re hoping to shoot the 1st season next year so stay tuned!

LISTEN “PRISM” HERE

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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