Interview: Dolls for Idols

Interview Dolls for Idols
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It’s been a while since we last heard from Dolls for Idols, but on the back of their new EP, 1985, and their recent adventures abroad, I’d say that their time in Germany was well spent. In addition to their new EP, the band have shared a new video for “Berlin,” directed by young Maltese artist Stephen Vella. And from the looks of it, the guy’s got vision—which is exactly what Dolls for Idols needed. Like “Berlin,” 1985 is fuller, fresher and decidedly more of the times. Read our interview with Clint Spiteri, Erick Saliba, and Aaron Sammut of Dolls for Idols after the jump.

Indie Current: After a short hiatus, ‘Dolls are back with a new EP, single and music video. Tell us a bit about why, after some time off, you decided to return to the music scene?

Dolls for Idols: The EP was actually written about 2 years ago, but couldn’t be released ’cause we were negotiating with a label from Belgium. Ultimately, the deal didn’t happen so we decided to release it digitally on a smaller label from the US.

IC: Based on the response from fans and number hits on your video, it seems there is a call for you guys to break back into the fold. Is this being discussed?

DfI: We feel great about the feedback. We had a very professional, hard working and determined crew on board, and I think it shows. A comeback is not off the table, but at the moment everyone is focusing on their own project. We’re hoping to write some new material next year. Who knows, maybe an album? Yet, nothing is confirmed.

IC: Berlin, Berlin, Berlin… Clearly this city left an influence on your music, right?

DfI: Berlin was awesome and it surely left a mark on me as a person, but I think my biggest influence is my need to discover and keep myself updated with what’s going on in the contemporary electronic scene; thankfully, that can be done anywhere as long as you have theInternet.

IC: After releasing your debut album, Cut, Paste and Rave’N’Roll, were you considering leaving the island to get signed?

DfI: I think it’s a little bit easier to get signed digitally if you’re making electronic music, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its a good thing. Now a days, a digital label releases an EP/album each and every month or even weeks. DJ’s are in a constant search for new good quality tracks to put in their sets and that keeps the digital business rolling!

IC: What is the reality or lessons you’ve learned about the label industry?

DfI: Labels are in a constant search for new artists, but you have to be careful not to sign the first contract that comes in hand. Do your research on the label and get a good lawyer to read the contract for you. It’s easy to fall in a trap! To a digital label, it basically costs nothing to sign you and distribute your music in the digital market with the hope your music will get snapped up and then simply take a huge chunk of your earnings. What you have to keep in mind is what’s happening AFTER the release? Will they market your music well? Are they really willing to invest in you? Or is it just another one-in-a-million labels that wants to suck blood from your hard work?

IC: Would you have done things differently whilst living in Berlin?

DfI: I wouldn’t change much. Looking back, all I can think of is that it was great experience. Maybe I would spend less money in the first few months!

IC:  Do you have any words of advice for those musicians wanting to move to Berlin?

DfI: Save up some cash so you’re at least covered for the first few months and go for it! It’s by far the most awesome city I’ve been in Europe!

Shawn James

Living in London, where I'm undergoing my MA in Creative Writing, and attending gigs to keep my sanity kicking. View all post →