Today we’d like to introduce you to Dolly Denko.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dolly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I moved to Los Angeles from Australia in 2015 after my band back home broke up. I was a little lost at the time because that band was very formative for me. My father had just passed away, and I channeled all of my grief into it, so much so that when it didn’t work out, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to make music anymore.
I stopped for a while and faced my grief head on but that love of performing never went away so, I started again on my own and made Doctrin. I was actually interested in moving to Europe at the time, but after visiting LA, I was hooked on the vibe. First, I kept visiting which naturally progressed into living here and all of a sudden it’s 3 years later.
The first year was a huge learning curve and I really didn’t get a chance to focus on music much, navigating LA and settling in seemed easy enough to me at the time but looking back it took quite a while to find my groove. The history of me making music dates back further, but I have never felt this honest and pure about what I’m doing so to me this is really just the start!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The music world here is huge so navigating that and moving at the same time definitely added extra pressure and slowed me down a little. It took me a while to find my feet and feel confident, so yes it was challenging, but I came here under good circumstances. In comparison to some people’s journey here, escaping poverty or war, any challenges that I experienced can’t compare.
I am so grateful to be living in this beautiful and inspiring city with incredible people. LA is a mirror, whatever you put in front of it you’ll get that back so if you’re moving here, come with your best foot forward and whatever you do, even if it gets hard, find a way to stay positive and grateful.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I write and perform rock music for Doctrin and Direct/Produce music videos; which I hope to someday expand into a full service for artists. After making so many of my own music videos, I realized how much I loved doing that.
Being that most of my lyrics are personal experiences I guess it’s all part of telling the visual tale as an integral part of Doctrin and setting the tone. When I write a song, the video is often already there in my mind, and I love to get it out.
The whole process excites me, and I have been lucky enough to have other artists trust me with their stories too and have me direct their videos.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have so many! Summer with my brother and friends is probably the most predominant, riding around on our BMX bikes to the milk bar to get ice cream, exploring the caves and creeks by our house, mum and dad playing records while we swam in the pool until long after the sun had set, laying on the trampoline looking for UFO’s while my dad tried to teach us the constellations, falling in and out of love with a million boys and girls. Good old summer fun!
- Website: www.dollydoctrin.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dollydenko/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Doctrinmusic
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