Dreamy D has always occupied a special place in the hearts of us Oddboys. Following the progression and slow evolution of Donnie Doolittle and his sharply dressed cohorts has been a treat in itself. We give the band our highest seal of approval and in doing so we have always attempted to promote and extend the utmost coverage for their dashing debonair. Earlier this year we had Donnie and the gang on our podcast just after they had finished recording their debut record, Hard Forever. Since then, Dreamy D has been making moves behind the scenes including a relocation to Los Angeles as well as big plans for the release of the record. Later this month you can expect to hear the first single and possibly even some visuals from this fatherly figure of a project. For now, here is a brief interview we did a couple weeks ago with Donnie. So snuggle up and dive into Dreamy D
WHEN WE LAST SPOKE DURING THE PODCAST IN DECEMBER, YOU HAD JUST FINISHED THE RECORD AND WERE ABOUT TO PLAY TWO SHOWS HERE IN CHARLOTTE. WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THEN?
I’ve moved my home base to Southern California. It took a little time to get settled but things are ramping up again. Our new manager has been helping set up tour and plan for the album release. I’ve been working with a few different directors on some music videos. And there’s also been a little bit of writing for the follow-up.
ARE THE MEMBERS YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PLAYING WITH STILL WHAT YOU CONSIDERED “THE BAND”?
For sure. I am beyond grateful for the group of musicians that I’ve acquired. Though we may have to sub some people in/out from time to time for certain events, the core group is definitely in place.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE IMAGE OF the BAND IS AS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AS THE MUSICIANSHIP?
I’m not sure that the image and talent are necessarily separate.
Certainly, the presentation is important. When I look at my favorites, figures like Iggy Pop and Nick Cave, there’s a magnetic attraction to their inhuman qualities. They are caricatures and myths.
Surely, if we are honest with ourselves, each member of the band was drawn to collaboration with one another by some combination of personality, image, and talent. So from that perspective, if it wasn’t for the image, there might not be the product of our combined talent.
In my experience, image and talent have a sorta symbiotic relationship. Speaking only for myself, the deeper I go down the rabbit hole of the character Dreamy D, the more my life resembles the story I have written. And as I become, so will the music. Life imitates art. But is art also a product of life?
Kudos to you for a good question.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME, DREAMY D?
I’m not going to answer that.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE FOR YOU IN WRITING THE ALBUM, HARD FOREVER?
The band was my biggest influence. I could never have accomplished this album on my own. Every player brought their own unique styles and heavily influenced each song into its final recorded form. And beyond the main band (Christian Spence, Noah Warner, Dustin Carpenter, and Jeremy Snyder), my good friend, Jesse Clasen, also has his own stamp on it. Jesse recorded and helped produce the original demos of many of the songs.
The specific lyrical content is semi-biographical, I guess. It’s my life (sometimes ours) made more true by the story.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SOUND OF YOUR MUSIC?
An angry and jaded boner, glistening in the moonlight during Mercury’s retrograde.
AFTER WRITING/RECORDING THESE SONGS MULTIPLE TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF A FEW YEARS NOW, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED OR TAKEN AWAY FROM THE FROM THIS EXTENDED PROCESS?
Mainly, I had to dive in fully. I had to grow into the project and my voice. And it also took me a while to curate the right team. In a way, I’m glad it didn’t work out before. If it had, it probably wouldn’t have turned out so well.
IS THERE A PARTICULAR TRACK OR TRACKS THAT STAND OUT FROM THE REST?
All nine songs are goin’ platinum. I’m really proud of the dynamic quality that the record features. No two songs sound all that much alike. My personal favorites vary from day to day.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET READY IN THE MORNING?
It depends on the morning. I’m not high maintenance, but I do appreciate not having to rush. I like to enjoy my mornings these days.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TATTOO?
IN YOUR OLD AGE, DO YOU LIKE YOU WILL BE HARD FOREVER?
Of course. I have the will. And there’s always modern medicine.
AFTER RELOCATING TO LOS ANGELES, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU THERE FOUND IN LA THAT YOU HAVEN’T FOUND ANYWHERE ELSE?
The regular occurrence of flaming vehicles on the freeway. And the proximity to Tijuana.
ANY CLOSER TO A RELEASE DATE FOR THE NEW RECORD?
Sure, Fall 2017. I hope to have a concrete date soon.
WHAt CAN WE EXPECT FROM DREAMY D IN the coming months?
The first single and its video will premiere in a couple weeks via The Oddboy Collective. I am very excited for that. We will actually be playing a show in Charlotte, June 25th at The Station. The second single and video will come this summer. We’ll be playing a handful of one-offs in other cities. The album release and tour will be announced pretty soon too. And I’m still gonna wanna be your dad, for real.
THANK YOU, DONNIE