Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Oxford singer Dolly Mavies to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Oxfordshire, and first got into music from being inspired by numerous family members. There was always music in the house, singing, guitar playing and I have always loved listening to music and singing from an early age. I taught myself to play the guitar and have written songs since I can remember. I always loved poetry growing up and merged my love of music and words into song.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I used to listen to such a wide range of music. From Slayer to the NWA, Alison Krauss to Wham, oh and of course The Spice Girls!! I've always had a really varied playlist and appreciate so much music, I particularly love live music, and well written songs. I haven't got a lot of time for a lot of chart music nowadays, but I do love bands like The National, Daughter, Interpol, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Civil Wars and Sharon Van Etten to name a few!!! Oh and I've been listening to The Japanese House recently and really enjoying that!
How would you describe your sound?
My sound I think is quite varied, and I think this is due to lots of different factors. My music is influenced by my mood and the happenings of what has gone on around me, in my life, and others. It is also inspired by other music I listen to and the means to make music. By this I mean, in the beginning it was just me and my guitar and that was all I had to create with, whereas now I have a band behind me, more gear and knowledge which means I can create more differing songs and try different styles which have not been previously accessible. It would be under the umbrella of singer/songwriter, with elements of folk, folktronica, indie and alternative music. I have been likened to artists such as Florence and The Machine, Daughter, and Joan Baez.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My new EP is called Reflections and it is 5 songs which I have been creating over the past two years. Each song is quite different but aligns on the same path. The poetic and honest lyrics offer a true reflection of heartbreak, hardship, defiance, destruction and melancholia. Each track sails through a different story, feeling and mood, transcending the listener to distant shores, doused in thought and feeling.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene comes in waves, at the moment it is lively and there is a lot of support. It is really sad that so many local venues have suffered and closed down in the recent months, but the scene strives forward to find new spaces and audiences to support the live music scene.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
So there is lots of exciting coming up! We (me and my band) have just landed a great slot at an awesome festival (but we can't quite say what yet). We are also playing at Cornbury and Riverside Festival, Countryfile Live, Witney music festival for BBC Introducing, and have a show coming up in Portugal, which I am very excited about.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I love collaborating with other artists, it's amazing to see how other people create and to learn from them. I would love to work with any of my favourite bands, but equally any of the wonderful musicians I know.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Throughout my career I have played shows where a cow, sheep and dog have joined in with my songs haha, so I guess that means my music is crossing new boundaries...????
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
You can find my music and all my social media by searching Dolly Mavies @dollymavies I would love to see you at a show, as I think keeping music (a)LIVE is so important, special, and is the true magic of the art.
You can find out more about Dolly on her website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.