Nina Dozzi is one of six siblings. She’s also one third of pop-country outfit Dozzi, about to hit the stage at Gympie Muster alongside some of the nation’s most talented country performers. Nina caught up with our editor Samantha Morris and spoke a lot about family, video and what’s on the horizon.
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“We all sing,” Nina says, of the three-piece act she and her Brisbane-based sisters formed. “Jesse plays guitar, Andrea plays Mandolin and I play the keys. But we all play a little bit of guitar and keys as we grew up with those instruments laying around the house.”
“Music was constantly around us growing up. Our mum was an amazing singer, our dad was an awesome guitarist and could pretty much play any instrument. We were always drawn to the piano and guitar and would always sing along with mum when she was learning lyrics to a song. It’s in our blood haha, we could never imagine life without music,” Nina said.
Most siblings (well, me and mine) argue over the most mundane of topics. How is it that three siblings can make decisions about things like lyrics and music and recording and performing? Nina puts it down to their unique attributes.
“We all have different strengths within the band, that we all recognise in eachother, which makes it a lot easier to make decisions.”
The three sisters have been working hard to build a strong fan base on the Australian country music scene and their current single I Need You Tonight topped the Hot Country Network All Australian Top 20 Charts. They also won the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award for Best Video for Love Away the Bad Days.
Nina says having a strong video element is important.
“We don’t usually have an idea of what the video is going to look or feel like when we’re actually writing a song. Usually we throw some ideas around between us and then have our video producer conceptualise those, and add to the creative process. It’s very collaborative,” she said.
And after working so hard to establish a foundation here, it’s no surprise that they’ve teamed up with a US based production and writing team to export their country vibes to new markets.
“We have some exciting things coming up for Dozzi. Not just great festivals, but we are also working with a new team in the USA that are just amazing,” Nina explains. “And we may even have a new single coming out….hint hint nudge nudge. So keep an eye and an ear out!”
Dozzi will play for the second time at Gympie Muster this year and Nina says they cannot wait to perform again.
“We are ecstatic,” she said. “We just love to have fun on stage and truly love that we are able to do that and play our original music. If our audience is happy then we are happy.”
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The Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s largest charitable music and camping festival. It goes down 28-31 August, featuring acts as diverse as Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, The Viper Creek Band, Ash Grunwald, Hat Fitz & Cara, Bob Evans, Mason Rack Band, Bree De Rome and bucketloads more. Tickets at muster.com.au. The ladies also appear at Bigsound 2014. More information online.