Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition

Australia's favourite country music festival, the Gympie Muster, is this month. We chatted with one of the Brisbane acts who are performing, Dozzi, about music, style and life on the road.

By Jane Schon | 31st July 2014

If you love the Dixie Chicks, you'll love Dozzi! The gorgeous, blonde sisters from Brisbane are certainly making sound waves in the Aussie country music scene. In the past year Dozzi’s self released EP, This Time has generated three singles and videos which have all received heavy rotation on CMC. Andrea, Jesse and Nina confirmed their loyal following after they won the Australian Country Music People's Choice Award for Best Video (Love Away The Bad Days), and their current single in Australia topped The Hot Country Network All Australian Top 20 and Cool Country 2KA Charts at #1.

With a strong foundation set in Australia, the siblings have now have teamed up with U.S. based production and the writing teams behind Rhianna, Beyoncé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Laura Bell-Bundy, Pink and Christina Aguilera. But before we lose them to the bright lights of Nashville, their soaring three part harmonies will be making a much-awaited appearance at this year's Gympie Music Muster, guaranteeing an exciting and memorable live music experience!

We decided to chat with the ladies on their biggest influences, sisterly love and what's next for the group...

Who are some of your musical influences? And how did you get into country music?

We grew up in a very musical household with both our parents working as full time musicians, so we were exposed to a very broad range of music. We have a vivid memory of helping Mum learn the words to Shania Twains (If You're Not in it for Love) I'm Outta Here, sitting on the floor in front of a recorded episode of video hits, pressing play then pause over and over again - making sure we got each lyric right - and then writing it down for mum to sing later that night! While our parents played at night they would also write country songs during the day and this is really when we fell in love with the story telling of country music.

What's it like being in a band with your siblings?

The best thing is you never get bored! We have been on so many long music trips together and somehow we still find something to talk about. We actually laugh about that a lot! The worst would be sometimes we'll show up in the same outfit or have a clashing pattern so we fight about which person has to change (laughs) sometimes spending lots and lots of time together can make us all a bit grouchy but being sisters we do know when to just give each other a little space and then half an hour later we forget what we were fighting about and it's back to having fun!

Three Blonde women in a recording studio

Who's the messiest? Who's the funniest? Who's the clumsiest?

Hmmmmm that's a hard one... we'll say Nina is the messiest, Andrea is the funniest and Jesse is the clumsiest! Ask us that again next week and you'll get a different answer (laughs).

Do you have any funny/interesting tour stories you’d be willing to share?

Actually there is one that sticks out... We were driving to the Tamworth Country Music Festival one year and suddenly someone saw a cockroach in the front seat so of course we all screamed at the top of our lungs, eventually pulled over on the side of the road and then suddenly there were more so we were all jumping out of the car then back in on top of the seats armed with only the backs of our shoes stomping the ground hoping to catch the little things! It was so scary, loud and funny at the same time, but once we finally got them and it was safe to hop back in the car, we laughed all the way to Tamworth.

What's been the biggest achievement/proudest moment so far in your careers?

Last year we won the People's Choice award for Best Video. That was an amazing feeling! I think the fact it was a people's choice award made it that much more special. But probably the most exciting thing for us at the moment is the momentum that is building for Dozzi. We love performing live and meeting new fans!

Have you made many friends in the industry with other big name or local musicians?

Earlier in the year we were lucky enough to sing a song for Lee Kernaghan. We also interviewed Adam Harvey, and we got to perform with the wonderful Amber Lawrence! A few weeks ago during the Hats off to Country Festival in Tamworth we got to catch up with our good mates from the Viper Creek & Adam Eckersley bands, And we just got off the road with McAlister Kemp last weekend! It's been a great year getting to know new faces and catching up with our good friends at each festival.

You’re performing all over Queensland in the coming months - what is your favourite part about touring? And what do you love about the Gympie Muster?

We just love travelling to new cities and towns we've never been to before, and meeting new fans we've only connected with on social media. Although hotel beds aren't always that comfy and we spend many, many hours in the car, we always have the time of our lives creating memories and playing music. Usually one day after returning home we are ready to head off again. Beats sitting behind a desk any day!

What influences your tour wardrobe style?

We call Nina our 'Style Guru', but we definitely all have an opinion on what we like and what we don't like. We like to carry a similar theme/style/look with each set of outfits so that people understand we are a band. It does make it easy being sisters because we can mix, match and swap outfits, and we generally like the same sort of clothes. The only bad thing is we have different sized feet so we can't share shoes... bummer!

Do you still live in Brisbane? What are some of your favourite things to do in Brisbane?

We sure do, born and bread in Bris-vegas baby! We truly are sunshine kids. We love the summer time. The beach is only a 45min drive away so we like to get there as much as we can. We also have the best theme parks heading down the Gold Coast, so we enjoy going there when we get time. We have lots of family and friends who live in Brisbane, so we just enjoy spending time with them, whether it's going to South Bank or strolling along the Brisbane River.

If you weren’t musicians, what do you think you would you be doing?

Andrea might be an actress, Nina maybe a stylist, and Jesse would probably be an artist or play some sort of sport.

What’s next for Dozzi following the Gympie Muster?

Following on from the Gympie Muster we are excited to announce that we will be releasing a brand new single called Weakness and then heading out on the road to play some shows to promote it. We wrote this song when we were in Nashville and it was really our fans who chose it.  We often get requests to play it live when we are performing so we decided it had to be our next single. You can keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for the official release schedule and tour dates!

The Gympie Music Muster is held over 4 days: Thur 28 – Sun 31 August. Tickets on sale now at www.muster.com.au

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Article by Jane Schon

Jane is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She is addicted to theatre, travelling to far off places and developing her personal style (AKA shopping). Jane adores good food (and even better coffee) and is a self-confessed sleep enthusiast.

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