Get to know DENNIS, a Queensland-based artist who’s just dropped her second ever single entitled ‘Trap Door’.
The track is an infectious electronic pop number with a great hook and sublime vocals. We think you’re going to dig it.
We also think you’re going to dig DENNIS. So get to know her below in our latest feature.
01. Name : My name is Olivia Dennis. I chose ‘DENNIS.’ as my project name in dedication to my family for pushing me to pursue music as a career.
02. Where are you based? I am currently based on the south end of the Gold Coast.
03. How did you get your start in music? Music came along at a young age for me, singing and dancing and playing in school bands growing up and then eventually leading into studying at the Conservatorium of Music.
It was during my degree that making music became more than just a childhood dream of mine. More and more I understood the potential of music becoming a full time career and basically got hooked on that excitement.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Exciting, unique, striking, sweet and confident.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound I think is quintessential Australian indie-pop and lends well to both genres. How this came about was I met Blake Malone (producer of ‘Trap Door’) at university and we began collaborating. He introduced me to electronic music and the possibilities it created when making music. My somewhat folky/alternative tunes became infectious pop melodies.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? My earliest musical memory would be when I was five or six sliding down the hallway singing ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ into one of those toy echo microphones or maybe singing the national anthem super loud at school so all my classmates could hear me.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Now I know this artist is a bit of a stretch from my genre but definitely Shania Twain would be one, along with a bit of Stevie Nicks. I see them more like role models and artists that I listened to a lot growing up with my father.
In the last few years artists like Kimbra, Flight Facilities, Meg Mac and most recently Owl Eyes have been major influences in the development of my sound.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ – Shania Twain, ‘Don’t Know Why’ – Norah Jones, ‘Whole Again’ – Atomic Kitten, ‘Sweet Relief’ – Kimbra.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? In my car where I can belt out any tune and dance as much you can dance and drive at the same time! I also like listening to my own music in the car because it gives me a feeling of what my music could sound like potentially on the radio. It just feels nice, pretty sure we all agree on this one.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling: Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? Thelma Plum has this great tune for when I am feeling like I need some cheering up – ‘Clumsy Love’ It’s also a great tune to secretly jump on your bed to when you are feeling all perky!
In all honesty when I tried to answer this question I could only think of artists/songs that I listen to when I want to be or am already feeling happy.
Music brings such joy into my life and for that I am so grateful I get to make music every day.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Delta Goodrem’s ‘Innocent Eyes’.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. Fun fact about me, I am the only musical person in my family.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? To be honest most likely an actress, however I have always wanted to have a big office in the city and wear fancy designer business wear so I feel like a fashion magazine editor would definitely be my fancy career. Honestly I should have just started in ‘Devil Wears Prada’.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? ‘If you are thinking about “PLAN B” then this is not the career for you’.
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? It would be super exciting trading places maybe with an artist who is on an epic tour! Because being on tour is all I can think about right now, but I’m not sure I would really want to trade places with a specific artist. I’m stoked at where I am at in my career and I’m excited to experience everything next in my own time.
16. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Trap Door’ is my second single and is the first single to be released through Get Smart Music, led by Russell Thomas.
‘Trap Door’ is about being a wake up to the games we often play or are rather played by in the dating world. This new bop is direct, cheeky and some would say a tiny bit serious, encouraging a flirtatious “game”, that we secretly know we have already won.
I wrote the track with songwriter Luaté who is based in London and got my dear friend Blake Malone to produce the track early in 2018 at his studio on the Gold Coast. I wanted to create something upbeat with tons of groove that potentially would get stuck in your head. Hoping we did just that!
17. What do your future plans involve? Collaboration, lots of touring and making a multi million dollar music video one day in the (fingers crossed) near future.
18. Where can our audience catch you live? On June 28 at Heya Bar in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. I am hosting a party in celebration of ‘Trap Door’.
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