Watch & Listen

Most adults in their mid-twenties have grown up with the internet in some way; in
dodie’s case she grew up in front of it. As a teenager living in Epping - a town in
Essex, dangling off the north-eastern end of London’s Central Line - dodie started up
a YouTube account, and began releasing her own songs on the platform ever since.
Fast-forward seven years, and she has built a dedicated following that numbers into
the millions. It’s a following that has also taken her right to the Top 10 of the UK
album charts (her last EP, ‘You’ charted at No.6). By thoroughly modern means,
dodie has become one of the most successful DIY artists of recent times. Once most
comfortable armed with a microphone and ukulele in her bedroom, releasing music
on the platform that started it all, dodie’s grown to love the stage. Next year she plays
London’s Roundhouse, which sold out five months upfront; an unprecedented
achievement for an artist without a debut album to her name.
Going right back to the beginning where it all began - dodie’s first upload was a song
called ‘Rain’ - music has always been her first love. Raised on a soundtrack of
Queen and Electric Light Orchestra, her lunch breaks at school were jam-packed
with various extracurricular clubs. “It was like, choir, the recorder, orchestra, wind
band, african drumming... and I went to every single one,” she remembers. “Such a
music geek.”
Making music always seemed like a second nature medium for chronicling her
feelings. “It’s such a nice way of exploring something so complex and giant in your
mind,” she says. “Returning to it, too, and finding new meaning in it. They’re like,
capsules of time. It’s like writing a diary.”
“I make whatever I want, I’m making music I want to hear now,” dodie explains. “I get
overwhelmed by a feeling, and it’s easy to hold onto and write around that. My songs
are like an exploration of a certain feeling. Sometimes I write down phrases which
people have said.... I think every songwriter’s notes app is full of shit,” she laughs.


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