Published on January 22nd, 2020 | by Jae Monique0
Dovley On Her Album “Beautiful Chaos”
Boston Massachusetts native and entertainment powerhouse, Dovley, has recently completed her album titled “Beautiful Chaos.” Most recently, she opened Croma Studios located Downtown LA, a creative space where she plans to develop TV shows, music, and film. “I was brought up believing in unlimited potential. I’ve always felt that if you try hard enough you can truly do anything and because of this, I never shy away from a challenge”, says Dovley.
The music industry is tough. Why pick that as a career? Why the EDM genre?
Music has always been something I’ve loved. I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember. I started playing piano at the age of 4, but the main reason I chose this career path was because of the power a song has to connect people. I saw the amazing ability to communicate through music and I wanted to be part of that. I’ve always believed that anything in life worth doing is difficult, so once I gravitated towards music, I wasn’t afraid of overcoming the obstacles I knew I would encounter along the way.
What’s the best advice ever given to you and why?
“Everything in the world and all of mankind’s greatest achievements were created by no one smarter than you.” That’s definitely a paraphrase, but growing up, my mom always taught me to believe in unlimited potential, so anytime I’ve ever doubted myself, I remember that. It’s important to realize that you can do anything. You just have to be willing to put in the time and work to accomplish it. That’s something I carry with me every day.
Growing up, who did you listen to on the radio?
Growing up, I listened to a lot of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Prince, Janet Jackson, and Daft Punk. I feel like you can hear all of them my music a little bit.
What made you decide that music was your destiny?
Growing up, I always played and created music, but it wasn’t until I was watching an episode of MTV’s Cribs when I was 12 that I realized it was an industry I could see myself in. I was sitting in my living room playing my guitar as the camera crew followed B2K around their house and I remember telling my mom, “one day I’m going to buy you a house like that” then she said, “you know those people don’t have any more talent than you.” I went to sleep and the next morning I woke up knowing I had to become an artist.
You performed on stage with CeeLo Green, at that moment what was going through your head?
I remember it feeling pretty surreal, but at the same time extremely comfortable. CeeLo was such a cool guy to me and I’ve always felt at home on stage.
If you work with any artist in the industry, who would it be and why?
If I could work with any artist, it would have probably been Prince. I met him a couple of times and I have some mentors that did music with him, but I never actually got to be in the studio to see him work. I’m also a producer/artist and I would have loved to learn from him and to see his creative process.
Tell us about your soon to be released album “Beautiful Chaos.” What can your fans expect?
“Beautiful Chaos” was inspired by that moment of clarity you get when everything, (both good and bad) that happened in your life makes sense, how you understand why you went through the things you did to get you to where you are. It’s a kind of a cross-genre album with electronic, pop, and R&B elements. I call it digi-ganic-future-pop. There are plenty of dance records, but there are also some slower, more introspective tracks as well that have the same theme.
If you could pick two musical parents who would you choose and why?
I don’t know if I would want famous musicians as parents, but I guess it would be cool to have Elton John as my eccentric uncle.
What bridges are you glad you burned?
Any bridges I’ve burned I’m sure were done for the right reasons. I’ve had various people come and go in my career, but ultimately, I’m thankful for each person’s different imprint because they’ve made me a stronger and more determined person.
What was your biggest musical challenge thus far and how did you overcome it?
My biggest music challenge has probably been myself. In the past, I (like most artists) have subconsciously felt like I wasn’t good enough and that people wouldn’t connect with my music. Because of that, I think I always held back on putting most of my stuff out. I’ve gone through so many ups and downs throughout my time in the entertainment industry, but I realized it’s always been about the music for me. I actually wrote a song on my album called “Be about It” which is about kicking myself in the butt to take that leap to finally put my stuff out. When I made that decision, it’s crazy how all the pieces came into place to take my career to the next level, including my company’s distribution deal with Universal Music Group.
If you could be asked any question in the world what would you want to be asked and how would you answer?
I would want someone to ask me, “why I think my music is important.” I feel like a lot of artists create music without understanding the power we have as artists to influence those around us. I would say my music is important because it’s proactive. I create music, that I would like to think, encourages people to look outside the box and to see the possibilities. I feel like the world can seem pretty shitty sometimes and that we need art to encourage us to see the beauty.
Do you believe music can change the world?
I do believe music can change the world. Music defines each generation and connects everyone no matter who we are or where we come from.
When you are not doing music, what do you like to do?
When I’m not doing music, I love being active. Right now, I’m obsessed with hot yoga. It pushes your body and it’s a great stress reliever.
We know you recently opened up Croma Studios in DTLA, what are some of your first projects going to be?
Right now, we are planning on shooting a couple of my new music videos at Croma Studios, but we will also be shooting the first season of a new TV series I’m doing called “Festival Season.” We’re also building out the recording studio next month and we are planning some bigger events like a summer concert series there as well.
Do you have any advice for up and coming artists?
Don’t expect anyone to work harder for your dream than you would yourself. I believe that you set the bar for your team, so as an artist you should always put 100% into everything. I would also tell them to be proactive and knock on every door, and if no one answers, you should build your own door and walk right through.
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