Two friends, Hannah from Leeds and Julia from Copenhagen, met at a house party in London a few years back and they quickly bonded over their music favourites, such as Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks.
Now in 2022 , Dolores Forever are the hottest indie-pop duo around, we caught up with them both to find out a bit more about the band..
Introduce yourselves – how did you guys meet and how did Dolores Forever form?
We’re two songwriters (Hannah from Leeds and Julia from Copenhagen) who met at a house party and decided to skip the “we should write together” small talk and be friends instead – then realised we have a ton of favourite music in common so starting a band seemed like a no-brainer!
Your recent single ‘Rothko’ came out last month. Tell us the story behind the song.
Rothko is about misunderstood love, not the star crossed kind, but the one where you look back and think “wow they really didn’t get me at all, did they”. Hindsight is one hell of a drug!
Who are your main influences, and how do they come into play within the music you write?
Oh this is such a big question! We’re both obsessive music fans, our influences span from 90’s pop (we challenge you to a pub quiz) and musicals to alt folk and indie rock. But we also have our own big influences, Hannah loves Joni Mitchell and Julia loves Taylor Swift, we both love Stevie Nicks and songs with big choruses. That’s what plays into our own music, we’re forever trying to write our favourite songs.
What’s the best gig you’ve played so far?
Glastonbury was a vibe – we played the Rabbit Hole, definitely a gig highlight so far!
Where do you see Dolores Forever in 5 years?
We’ll have released a double album, gone on tour a bunch, made some bops that mean something to someone out there. Isn’t that the ultimate artist dream, to soundtrack peoples’ lives?
What does your songwriting process look like? Is it always the same?
We’re not giving away any trade secrets! Just kidding. But no, it’s not always the same, sometimes we send each other ideas and develop them before taking them to the studio, sometimes we write in the studio based on concepts or titles we might have, we ping pong off each other and see where we land.
You’ve recently been added to the Neighbourhood lineup. Are you excited to play? Is there anyone else you’re looking forward to see?
Of course we’re excited to play – Manchester played a big part in Hannah’s younger years. Very much looking forward to seeing Everything Everything again, such a cool band.
What’s next for you guys? Anything exciting in the pipeline?
Our next single is coming out pretty soon – there’s a video being edited right now, so that’s very exciting. Quite a few new songs coming before the end of the year actually.
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