DOLLS in After Nyne Magazine

HAPPY TUESDAY EXCITEMENT PARTY!!!

SO I know I’ve been a little chaotic lately; you’ve been all like “where’s my lady-love” (meaning ME, duhand I’m like “I vant to be alone,” which, understandably, is totally confusing for you since normally I’m more like “I vant to be given more attention,” – these are difficult times. Look, let’s forget everything about our ‘Do We Still Love Each Other’ drama from my prolonged absence and rekindle our ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You – Including Spending Long Nights Away From You While Being Fabulous In Studio, God, You’re So Demanding” one. It’s funner! HIGH FIVES!

After Nyne Magazine just posted the most delectable interview with me – and btw, the whole magazine – which you can see here on ISSU – is positively chock-full of fabulous artsy talent; so I recommend you read the whole thing and follow them on Twitter, but have repro’d their content here for your viewing ease. (I’m so good to you.)

ALSO, *fireworks explosions* this is the very first piece of press to mention my new partner-in-crime, Fauxplay, who if you haven’t heard yet, it’s because I’ve been keeping him a massive secret. So don’t feel too badly. Here’s  what you need to know:

  1. Click on Facebook.com/FauxplayUK. Then click ‘Like.’ Aren’t you the envy of your friends!?
  2. Follow him on Twitter.com/Fauxplayxx – you will be treated to a lot of candid in-studio shots, and mostly him taking the piss out of some horrid, evil, insanely attractive singer named @DOLLSxx. Coincidence? I think not!
  3. Get onto Soundcloud, where we have announced our ‘in an it’s complicated’ through the medium of FREE DOWNLOAD – Get Fauxplay’s Swipe Right Remix of my single Limited Ltd, and share the hell out of it, because LOVE.

Now, without further funfur fanfare, I give you LE AFTER NYNE INTERVIEW ABOUT MOI:

DOLLS Blonde on Blonde

DOLLS is an utterly compelling recording artist, who we adore. Others agree – Salman Rushdie is a fan and Rimmel showcased her dark synthpop sound in the campaign for their Moisture Renew Lipstick. We caught up DOLLS – alias Nikki Milovanovic – to chat angst, retro aesthetics and her future plans.

You’re a busy lady Nikki – how are things going?

 
Kind of amazing, recently, which is a little foreboding, right? I think I work better when I’m angsting so I’m wary of too much happiness whilst  simultaneously being compulsively destructive. It’s a delicate life/work balance, so I must make sure I put it in the diary to do something ridiculous with horrible consequences. 😉 
 
 
When I spoke to you the other day, you’d just got into Heathrow – any exclusives on new projects that you can tell After Nyne about?
 
I really wanted to work with other artists and producers again after imposing a moratorium on collaboration.  London dance producer Fauxplay did a sick remix of my single “Limited Ltd,” so we’ve since decided to have a stab at working together on something from the ground up, which I haven’t done for YEARS.  I’m also finalizing the track list and artwork for my next EP, which is due out as soon as I can organize it.  I’m actually currently in a super secret recording studio in a 17th century farmhouse, polishing up the new tracks.  It’s brilliant not be beholden to anyone else’s deadlines, but it means there’s not really anyone to yell at if it gets behind schedule.  I’ll probably have to become a part-time dominatrix to combine my workouts and de-stress, but seeing as the queue will run round the block, it may prove to be the less efficient option… 
 
 
 
Rimmel recently used ‘On Your Lips’ as part of an advertising campaign. Tell us a little about how that came about.
A Toronto producer asked me to write some vocals for a track on his EP, so when I was there on holiday a couple of years ago, we jumped into studio and recorded it super quickly.  I didn’t think about it again until I got a message saying it was shortlisted for the ad, but tracks shortlist all the time and I figured they’d never use an electro track – Rimmel is always like, guitar riffs in the shape of Union Jacks or whatever.  When they called and said “guess whose track is on the Rimmel advert,” I was like “um… Franz Ferdinand?”   I didn’t have TV, so I kept getting a million texts when it aired during the X factor, which is another phenomenon I don’t really ‘get’.  It became quite surreal when I was trying to show someone a random video on YouTube and the campaign was the advert before it  – I thought I’d been super gauche and clicked accidentally on the ad itself like “oh HAIIIIII, here’s ME”.
 
 
 
 
Your sound has been described as ‘dirty, dark pop’ and having apocalyptic glamour. Is that what you aim for? 
 
I wanted DOLLS’ to reflect a more grown-up, been-around-the-block-in-last-night’s-clothes kind of pop. Having flirted with moderate success via the Canadian charts in my former project, I was really done with the notion of roleplaying anything remotely family-friendly.  I definitely push DOLLS’ art direction to have different and occasionally disturbing roots.  Apocalyptic glamour to me is tantamount to being a survivor in some dystopian wasteland, but one who made sure to grab the biggest heels, a full range of YSL makeup and several tattered cocktail dresses before the blast.  The style cues might seem contrived, but it’s genuinely something deeply ingrained in me – as evidenced when my flat caught fire, and I was only allowed to grab an overnight bag before the insurance people came: I panic-packed a huge rolling suitcase stuffed only with sequins and patent leather and then had nothing but showgirl costumes to wear for a week. 
 
 
Take us through your creative procedure – who and what inspires you?
 
I’ve always been influenced by a retro aesthetic; but I tend to prefer re-interpretations of iconic images instead of simply copying the original – so  rather than emulating a 1940’s pinup in full vintage gear, I’d be more influenced by the 80’s take on the 1940s (especially since it then would incorporate my second love, Spandex).  I love Brigitte Bardot, but I’d filter her image through Judy Jetson’s 1960’s ideal of the futuristic Valley Girl – to wind up with my rendition.  It’s one of the things I’ve always loved about David Lynch’s archetypical film noir type characters – they’re iconic, but there’s something “off” about them, which breathes new life into what would otherwise seem done to death. I also try to incorporate elements from different media into my music, like an installation I’ve seen, or feelings evoked by a dance performance or play. 
 
 
 
You’re an unashamedly strong woman – what message would you hope to get across to other women who are starting up in the music industry?
Don’t buy into the bullshit that makes you an outsider to the ‘boy’s club,’ because it doesn’t have to be. Don’t assume that being signed or working with a ‘team’ will compensate for putting in the hours. SO much of being a female artist is – sadly – wasting valuable time listening when being told to jump through hoops, to be more ‘marketable,’ and that someone else is in control of flicking a switch that will get you project off the ground, when in reality ’success’ is  more about being driven and being in the right place at the right time. You’ll be labelled a bitch no matter how you act, so just go ahead and do whatever you want anyway. I think that many women in the industry go against their instincts because they don’t want to be seen as ‘difficult’ in such a competitive market, but realistically, no one will be a better advocate for your vision, and nothing sucks more than having to promote something you hate that’s got your face on it.  Is there anything more awkward than watching someone halfheartedly try to sell what they don’t themselves believe in?  Probably doing it on a red carpet in a borrowed dress and not enough free drinks on the planet.
 
 

What does the rest of the year hold for you?
 
Many surprise holidays to luxurious and exotic destinations, on the private jet of my boyfriend, the Sultan Majesticland. 

 

 

 

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