Stateside Presents

dodie: HUMAN TOUR USA 2019

dodie: HUMAN TOUR USA 2019

Tue, October 8, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Van Buren

Phoenix, AZ

$22 - $25

This event is 13 and over

Most adults in their mid-twenties have grown up with the internet in some way; indodie’s case she grew up in front of it. As a teenager living in Epping - a town inEssex, dangling off the north-eastern end of London’s Central Line - dodie started upa 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 intothe millions. It’s a following that has also taken her right to the Top 10 of the UKalbum 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 mostcomfortable armed with a microphone and ukulele in her bedroom, releasing musicon the platform that started it all, dodie’s grown to love the stage. Next year she playsLondon’s Roundhouse, which sold out five months upfront; an unprecedentedachievement for an artist without a debut album to her name.
Going right back to the beginning where it all began - dodie’s first upload was a songcalled ‘Rain’ - music has always been her first love. Raised on a soundtrack ofQueen and Electric Light Orchestra, her lunch breaks at school were jam-packedwith various extracurricular clubs. “It was like, choir, the recorder, orchestra, windband, african drumming... and I went to every single one,” she remembers. “Such amusic geek.”
Making music always seemed like a second nature medium for chronicling herfeelings. “It’s such a nice way of exploring something so complex and giant in yourmind,” she says. “Returning to it, too, and finding new meaning in it. They’re like,capsules of time. It’s like writing a diary.”
“I make whatever I want, I’m making music I want to hear now,” dodie explains. “I getoverwhelmed by a feeling, and it’s easy to hold onto and write around that. My songsare like an exploration of a certain feeling. Sometimes I write down phrases whichpeople have said.... I think every songwriter’s notes app is full of shit,” she laughs.Dodie has always been a frank and honest presence online, too. As well speakingopenly about everything from bisexuality to her struggles with mental health issues,her music directly addresses these same experiences. Speaking about the EP’s titletrack, ‘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. Ilook back and there’s so much codependency,” she says. “There’s a line in there,”she adds, quoting a lyric, “‘you’ll fit so nicely, you’ll keep me intact’. That’s not what arelationship is!” dodie says today. The very fact that she still chose to keep theselyrics 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. “Iloved 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 andmessy 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 I’ve created healthyboundaries, I hope. I’m human!”
In this spirit, ‘Human’ is also the title of dodie’s third EP. Revisiting old songs familiarfrom the past - a refreshed version of ‘She’ now “soars in all the right places” - andthinking aloud when it comes to the complexities of moving forward as an artist on‘Not What I Meant’, it’s a collection of songs that dices with staying grounded andtouchable; a mile away from the polished world where she began. ‘If I’m BeingHonest’, meanwhile, captures the jolting excitement of an all-too-brief crush thatunfolds over a single day. “I was told this is where I will start loving myself / Flirting'sdelicious; proved to be beneficial for mental health,” she quips with a typicallywhip-smart couplet. However, as we learn from ‘Human’ - which touches on thetitle-track’s hints of “codependency” through to ‘Monster’s defiance - things are rarelythat simple.
“I’m real, I promise,” dodie says. “Everything that I do online is real. I just want to beunderstood. How can I shake it into you that I am real?” ‘Human’ might just providethe answer.
Venue Information:
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003