Dulcie: “It Doesn’t Matter Whether We’re Boys Or Girls, It’s About The Music”

Dulcie are a vision of feminine unity more refreshing than a trip to the cold room on a sweltering Queensland afternoon.

Refusing to accept the idea that there can only be one lead, this four-piece female-only group from Perth, are making indie-pop waves across the country.

After releasing their first singles Fall and Ground which made full rotation on Triple J, playing Groovin the Moo in Bunbury, supporting G Flip and their national tour with Polish Club, it’s safe to say that gender has been absolutely no barrier for these ladies. 

Despite their busy BIGSOUND schedule, we managed to speak with Ash, one of the many incredible vocalists, and keyboard queens about their journey.

What do you think is the most surreal moment of Dulcie’s career so far?

GTM for sure. I never thought when we started that we would be able to do that. We met pretty awesome artists that we never thought we would meet either. The weather was absolutely beautiful and everyone was so great, so that was pretty surreal.

There’s been a lot of publicity over the last couple of years about female representation in the music industry, as a female-only group, what has your experience been? 

I know there has been a lot of negativity but really we’ve had a really great response. I think we came around at a time that everyone in WA was championing for a female group. I think we actually got on a lot of festival lineups because we are female group, but we’ve also had our fair share of people not wanting us to be on the line up because we are females as well. But the good definitely outweighs the bad. Our friends have also been so supportive of us, but I really don’t think it matters whether we are boys or girls, it’s about the music. 

You’re one of the first bands I’ve heard that you don’t have a lead vocalist, rather you all share the lead between tracks. Was there a reason behind that or are you all just insanely talented musicians that can do it all?

Well when we first started, most of us met at a music school in WA, we all knew we could sing, we all brought our own ideas and songs and stuff, so when it came to who should sing songs, it just made sense. We were like, “Yeah okay let’s just all try it and see how it goes”. And people seemed to really like that it’s different. Plus it’s really nice to be able to share the stage with everyone.

Your sound has been described previously as the female indie-pop version of hottest 100 winners, Ocean Alley. How would you describe it?

Wow, that’s a bold statement haha. We all listen to such different music so I think it fuses into one sound, but really all our music is so different, so it’s hard to say. 

But I think at the end of the day our sound really does come back to indie-pop. I’m super influenced Odette and Meg Mac while Sass loves Ocean Alley so all those different instruments create a pretty different sound. When we are creating music though, we really do whatever feels right and draw on our previous experiences at music school and stuff. 

Do you have a favourite/stand out gig in your career so far? 

I loved the Triffid with Polish Club, it was the biggest crowd we’ve ever played, the sound was perfect and it was the last show on tour, so we were all super excited. It was so much fun, Brissy is definitely a good crowd. 

How was the tour with Polish Club?

The Polish Club guys were so great, super friendly so we got to hang out heaps. It’s funny, we all got to drive together from Byron to Goldy, which was so much fun, it just felt like a big school trip.

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing?

Funnily enough, in last year of highschool I thought I was going to do occupational therapy before going on to do music therapy. But I thought I might just audition for WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and see what happens. At the time I still didn’t think music was a real job, I definitely didn’t think it could be a career. And then I was accepted and met the Dulcie girls and was super inspired. All the opportunities that came from it so far have been incredible. It is always good to have a Plan B though, which would probably be music therapy.

We obviously love all things festivals and are currently working on a survival guide for all our Aussie punters so do you have a festival tip/advice for them?

Stay hydrated, I think that’s something that a lot of people forget about when they are at festivals for a long period of time. Oh and make sure you charge your phone! It’s pretty hard to find your friends without it. 

On Dulcie’s Big Sound performance…

After speaking with Dulcie, we managed to catch their performance at BIGSOUND on Thursday night. Dulcie were welcomed by a packed crowd in one of the bigger venues (The Family). Dulcie and the crowd alike reflected their indie-pop style with 70’s style elements everywhere, from flares to jumpsuits and plenty of pairs of Doc Martens floating through the crowd. 

A super casual atmosphere filled the venue, with many immersed in Dulcie’s new hits and just as many enjoying the cruisy tunes while catching up with those around them. 

There was a surprisingly even ratio of male and females in the crowd. Despite being a female-only group, Dulcie’s music really knows no gender.

Find out what the wonderful ladies of Dulcie are doing next by following their Facebook page, or, better yet, dive straight into their music on Triple J Unearthed.

This interview was conducted by Bethany Charles.

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