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      September 6, 2019

      Friday   8:00 PM

      815 V St NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20001


      with Adam Melchor
      Most adults in their mid-twenties have grown up with the internet in some way; in dodies case she grew up in front of it. As a teenager living in Epping - a town in Essex, dangling off the north-eastern end of Londons Central Line - dodie started up a YouTube account, and began releasing her own songs on the platform ever since. Fast-forward seven years, and she has built a dedicated following that numbers into the millions. Its a following that has also taken her right to the Top 10 of the UK album charts (her last EP, You charted at No.6). By thoroughly modern means, dodie has become one of the most successful DIY artists of recent times. Once most comfortable armed with a microphone and ukulele in her bedroom, releasing music on the platform that started it all, dodies grown to love the stage. Next year she plays Londons Roundhouse, which sold out five months upfront; an unprecedented achievement for an artist without a debut album to her name.Going right back to the beginning where it all began - dodies first upload was a song called Rain - music has always been her first love. Raised on a soundtrack of Queen and Electric Light Orchestra, her lunch breaks at school were jam-packed with various extracurricular clubs. It was like, choir, the recorder, orchestra, wind band, african drumming... and I went to every single one, she remembers. Such a music geek.Making music always seemed like a second nature medium for chronicling her feelings. Its such a nice way of exploring something so complex and giant in your mind, she says. Returning to it, too, and finding new meaning in it. Theyre like, capsules of time. Its like writing a diary.I make whatever I want, Im making music I want to hear now, dodie explains. I get overwhelmed by a feeling, and its easy to hold onto and write around that. My songs are like an exploration of a certain feeling. Sometimes I write down phrases which people have said.... I think every songwriters notes app is full of shit, she laughs.Dodie has always been a frank and honest presence online, too. As well speaking openly about everything from bisexuality to her struggles with mental health issues, her music directly addresses these same experiences. Speaking about the EPs title track, Human, dodie points out that when I wrote it, I thought it was a love song.This is just me talking about the excitement of getting to know someone closely. I look back and theres so much codependency, she says. Theres a line in there, she adds, quoting a lyric, youll fit so nicely, youll keep me intact. Thats not what a relationship is! dodie says today. The very fact that she still chose to keep these lyrics intact, true to the moment that she wrote them in, says it all.In recent years, dodie has chosen to take a step back to let her art do the talking. I loved sharing about my life, because it felt so comforting to have a place to do that, she says. It felt like a big old support group. Obviously the internet is complex and messy and I think I got a bit too big, and I was sharing too much, she freely admits. So then I took a big step back, re-evaluated, and now Ive created healthy boundaries, I hope. Im human!In this spirit, Human is also the title of dodies third EP. Revisiting old songs familiar from the past - a refreshed version of She now soars in all the right places - and thinking aloud when it comes to the complexities of moving forward as an artist on Not What I Meant, its a collection of songs that dices with staying grounded and touchable; a mile away from the polished world where she began. If Im Being Honest, meanwhile, captures the jolting excitement of an all-too-brief crush that unfolds over a single day. I was told this is where I will start loving myself / Flirting's delicious; proved to be beneficial for mental health, she quips with a typically whip-smart couplet. However, as we learn from Human - which touches on the title-tracks hints of codependency through to Monsters defiance - things are rarely that simple.Im real, I promise, dodie says. Everything that I do online is real. I just want to be understood. How can I shake it into you that I am real? Human might just provide the answer.

      Cost: 25.00

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