Famous for high-energy performances, incredible stage presence and goosebumps-inducing harmonies, Nashville’s independent country pop trio Dozzi is in the fast lane to the biggest stages.
Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the three sisters moved to Nashville in 2016 after seeing exponential success in their home country.
Andrea plays mandolin and vocals, while Jesse holds down acoustic guitar and vocals, as Nina Dozzi is on keys and vocals. I was lucky to catch their set at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in early March, where the three took over the stage with an inimitable energy, an instant connection to their crowd and a front row packed with diehard fans, impatiently waiting to see their live set – some for the 10th or 11th time!
How did you guys get your start?
- D: Our parents were musicians, so we grew up with instruments lying around the house. We would go and watch our parents play shows as kids. Jesse and Andrea started playing in bands when they were 11 and 12. By the time Nina finished high school, the girls were a duo… It was only natural that Nina joined.
- During high school, we would write songs with our dad. By the time ‘Dozzi’ actually started, we had our own music. With a good catalogue of songs built up, we started performing at clubs, bars and festivals.
It’s amazing to see so many fans so excited to see you back after COVID. How did you guys make it through with no live music?
- We are full-time musicians, so when everything closed down, we turned to social media. We’d go live on Instagram and Facebook weekly. To this day, we still have people coming up to us and saying how much they enjoyed the live feeds on social. It gave them something to look forward to!
- During this time, Jesse also learned how to produce: she is now producing our single releases, demos and social media content. Because we are independent artists, we invest most of our income into our band. Prior to COVID, we had saved to record and release music; we used this money to live until we could start working again. Luckily, Nashville opened up pretty quickly. So, we had savings to live off, but then we had to start saving again, so we could release new music. Just over a year after the world shut down, we were able to release music again — we debuted with a single called ‘Messy’.
I hear you guys have played in some pretty interesting spots… what’s the craziest show you’ve played to date?
- When we were saving to move to Nashville, we got hired to play at a bar we weren’t familiar with. When we got there, we realized it was a strip club. We didn’t even want to go inside! But, we did… we would play a set and have to stop for a pole dance. But, by the end, people were really listening to our music, so it ended up actually being a good show.
We’re so excited to see what’s next for you guys. What’s in the mix for 2022?
- We are currently booking a tour and will be out of the road very soon. We also have another three or four songs coming out this year.
About ‘My Forte’:
An award-winning 12-part documentary series created by Kaili Rose of Kairo Media in partnership with Top Shelf Music, My Forte explores the challenges and firsthand perspectives of artists around the world. What does it really take to make it in the music biz? What are the definitive challenges and sacrifices artists face? As fans and consumers of modern music, we owe it to our favorite artists to understand and appreciate what it really takes to make the music we love. Click here to watch the first film (it’s free!) and follow along as we begin interviews and production this spring in Nashville, Austin, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Toronto.