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Heart-to-heart with D.O.S.E: The Cure from Dopamine to Endorphins

Once upon time in indie land, where artistic freedom reigned, a duo joined artistic forces and began their journey to find the very essence of creative liberation. Meet D.O.S.E, a dynamic collaboration between two indie musicians whose fusion of neo-soul, R&B, and eclectic global influences captivates listeners with its authenticity and raw passion.

Their encounter, which can only defines as serendipity, sparked a musical synergy that transcended boundaries, resulting in the creation of a captivating sound that defies any musical norm. In this exclusive interview, we delve into the personal and musical realm of D.O.S.E, tracing their path from individual projects to the birth of a collective vision.

D.O.S.E: The Cure from Dopamine to Endorphins

Let’s get personal…with D.O.S.E

D.O.S.E Gets Personal
D.O.S.E Gets Personal

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in music?

We were two indie musicians with our own projects, but one day we contacted via Instagram to have a little jam in the studio, we realised that we had found ourselves a sound. From that point on, we decided that we had to start a project together.
What inspired you to pursue a career as an indie artist?
For us it was never about the career, we’ll be putting out music even if nobody listens to it. When you have a passion for music you simply can’t avoid doing it, the rest of the pieces simply fall into their places by themselves.

Musical Journey

How would you describe your musical style and the themes you explore in your music?

We like to think of ourselves as a mixture of neo-soul and R&B with little pinches of EDM and different influences of music from around the world that we like to incorporate every now and then, such as flamenco, bossa nova, afrobeat, rock and all kinds of alternative music.
Can you share a bit about your artistic journey, from your early works to your most recent projects?
We started jamming and making Lofi beat tapes on the go, with a very quick and “anti-overthinking” process. Later on, we started to give more thought to songwriting, making more complete and complex pieces, with different parts and a much more solid narrative.

Songwriting Process

What does your songwriting process look like? How do you typically come up with lyrics and melodies?

Well, the project has a pretty straightforward approach to music. The first thing we do is start jamming, just improvising and putting ideas out there, from which we then draw the ones that we find more interesting. It can be a melody, a riff, a bassline, or a groove. Once we have a solid foundation we start adding the rest of the elements.
When it comes to words, we start with a concept that we’d like to talk about; then, we look for ways to develop said concept based on the melodies and musical ideas that we came up with before. We rarely start with the words, as our first contact with an idea is through jamming and improvisation.
Are there specific themes or experiences that consistently inspire your songwriting?

We like to explore and draw inspiration from day-to-day life. Things that everyone has gone through, but maybe giving different perspectives on topics that have been broadly explored by many artists.But for us, what really inspires us is looking for new sonic ideas and pushing our musical boundaries.

Influences

Who are your musical influences, both within and outside your genre?

Well, between the tow we gather a pretty interesting array of influences, such as Tom Misch, John Mayer, Masego, FKJ, Jacob Collier, Sade and even artists like Santana, Deftones, Alice in Chains, Buena Vista Social Club and Mateus Asato, to say a few.
How have these influences shaped your music, and do you actively seek out new inspirations?
We grew as people and musicians by listening to them, discovering and learning music through their work. So there’s a very intrinsic relationship between our work and our influences. On top of that, a lot of our current inspiration comes from new work that we discover every day. You never know when you are going to find the next big source of inspo!

Indie Music Scene

What do you find most rewarding about being an indie artist in today’s music scene?
Knowing that we don’t have to adjust to whatever trend is up at the moment. We do what we feel and also to know that we have control of every part of the production process.
What challenges have you faced as an independent artist, and how do you navigate them?
When we became indie artists, we knew that the main challenge to face was to learn how to do each part of the production, like composing, recording, mixing, mastering, and promo. The fact that you don’t have any kind of external infrastructure or support forces you to create it yourself, but in the long run it ends up being much more rewarding.

Recording and Production

D.O.S.E Mastering and Production
D.O.S.E Mastering and Production
Can you walk us through your recording and production process?
Our production process doesn’t differ much from the traditional approach that we all know of. When we have the song’s body and structure finished, we start adding the instruments, trying things out to see what fits and what doesn’t. We then start recording layers of vocals until the song is finished.
The mixing and mastering process varies from song to song: sometimes we mix and master the song as a whole, blending both processes; other times we separate them and start by mixing and then mastering.
How do you approach the creative and technical aspects of your music production?

We like to think of both as intrinsic aspects of a production. Lots of ideas come from messing with technical stuff like synthesis, signal processing and chopping drum samples. We combine that with more traditional ways of composing like writing chord progressions and melodies.

Collaborations

Have you collaborated with other artists, and if so, how did those experiences influence your music?

Yes, we have indeed collaborated with many artists during our music careers, and the influence, in our experience, is always positive. The different perspectives, approaches, music tastes, and genres make the creative process richer and more fulfilling.

Is there a dream collaboration you would love to pursue in the future?
Of course, we would love to collaborate with artists like Tom Misch, 070Shake, Anderson.Paak and Haley Knox, since we draw a lot of influence from these artists.

Performance and Live Shows

How does performing live compare to the studio recording experience for you?
Well, it is a completely different experience. A studio is a place for experimentation, investigation, and introspection because you have all the time in the world for it, whilst performing live is just the opposite, there is no room for experimentation. You can improvise, of course, but you never take big risks.
Also, performing live gets you the opportunity to connect with the audience and express yourself in real-time, something that you don’t have in the studio.
Do you have any memorable or unique experiences from your live shows?
Yes! Live shows can be a place of survival most of the time, you have to be prepared for everything that might happen, from positive things like a massive crowd and good reception to negative things like gear malfunction.
One time, we were playing in a local venue and the guitar simply stopped working. We had to get one of the decoration guitars from the venue wall to continue the show.

Challenges and Achievements

What have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your music career, and how did you overcome them?
For us, one of the biggest challenges is finding our own sound and musical path. And on the other side, making that sound and path connect to an audience.
We think that the way to overcome it is to continue working on our craft, making it as true and authentic as possible, because eventually our music journey and the audience will merge ways, as we starting to see right now.

Advice for Aspiring Indie Artists

What advice would you give to aspiring indie artists who are just starting their musical journey?

To be true to themselves and to experiment and rediscover themselves through their art. Don’t worry about views, streams, followers, and money. If what you do is authentic and true, and you work in your craft enough you will start to see results.
Is there anything you wish you had known when you first started as an indie artist?
That the musical journey is a long path of trial and error. All it takes is patience and hard work, and eventually, you will see the results of your own musical growth. There is nothing that can go wrong if you learn a little bit each day and if you stay true to your passion and intuition.

A Final D.O.S.E of Indie Music

From the intimate confines of the studio to the electrifying energy of live performances, D.O.S.E has proven that the journey from stage to studio can be as challenging as it is complementary. Their anecdotes and experiences paint a vivid picture of the exhilarating highs and unforeseen obstacles encountered in their musical odyssey.

Through it all, D.O.S.E. remains steadfast in its commitment to authenticity and self-expression, offering invaluable advice to aspiring indie artists embarking on their own creative endeavors. Their unwavering passion for music serves as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us that true artistry should transcend any trend and commercial success.

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