DOROTHY

DOROTHY

“This guy was telling me all this stuff that no one else could possibly know,” says Dorothy Martin, the singer and namesake of Los Angeles rock quartet Dorothy. “The theme from The Twilight Zone was playing in my head. It was a ritual cleaning, where this medicine man from Guadalajara spit all over me and blew smoke in my face. It was crazy. Then, we went and climbed a pyramid. When we got to the top there were all these butterflies everywhere. It felt like a dream. But, the weirdest part is that I had written the song before this happened.”

As Dorothy Martin talks about her favorite song (“Medicine Man”) from her band’s forthcoming debut on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, you begin to realize the precise reason why her music is so bewitching.

No, it’s not because she might be more of a shaman than that mystic she met in Mexico City. It’s because despite drawing from a familiar musical tradition—they are a rock band after all—Dorothy’s music is rendered anew by this front-woman’s singular vision. All of it is channeled through her. There is no one quite like her. So it follows, there has been nothing quite like this band before now.

“We’re not trying to fit into a box. We’re not trying to write songs we think should be on the radio,” Martin says. “We just want to write good music. For me, the challenge is to be as honest as possible. I cannot live my life as a lie, at all. Every day, I wake up and think, ‘What can I learn today and how can I give something back?’ This is not selfishly motivated. The picture is bigger than me. It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with everybody. How is this going to make me better, other people better, the world better? If you don’t have that, then why even do it?”

Even her contradictions make sense. She is filled with humility, yet wants to change the world. She has managed to tame any trace of an ego, yet knows instinctively she has something. In conversation, she pauses thoughtfully and expresses gratitude. On stage, she’s intimidating and maybe a little scary, but the possibility of danger that lurks inside of her music is what makes you move a little closer. It’s curiosity. You can’t take your eyes off her. But, she is the first to remind you that Dorothy might be her name, but Dorothy is a band. It is both her and not her.

“It’s like having three older brothers,” she says. “I had to magically bump into these people and it’s almost like it was predetermined, or predestined. It really feels that way.”

Rounding out the quartet is drummer Zac Morris, guitarist Mark Jackson and bassist Gregg Cash. Rehearsing and touring and recording for well over a year, they’ve become a close-knit gang. Once upon a time, Jackson and Martin had been writing together in a one-bedroom studio until one evening, Martin stumbled upon Morris outside of Hollywood’s Viper Room and he introduced her to Cash. Soon, she had given them strict grooming rules (no haircut, no shaving) and the band was born. Martin is adamant about Dorothy being a group effort, but she no longer has to make that plea once you’ve heard the songs. The music they make is undeniably the sound of four, a muscular rhythm section elevated by the melodic counterpoint of guitar and vocals, all woven together into something not exactly rock, or blues, or punk, or even a combination of all three. Dorothy is its own invention, built upon familiar foundations, but sounding only like itself. Take “Raise Hell,” a song that shuffles along with nothing less than the blues-rock audacity of a lost Led Zeppelin track. The first verse arrives and Martin upends the whole affair, floating high above the floor-stomp kick drum and slide guitar, conducting this sinister orchestra without a baton, but the singular force of her incomparable voice. Go ahead and make your comparisons, you are not wrong. This is music that belongs on the historical timeline that runs from Black Sabbath up to Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey and right through recent bands like the Dead Weather. But this is Dorothy—next on that list, written in bold, not hiding inside an overcrowded timeline.

The momentum of Dorothy’s rise speaks for itself. Just as Martin describes the formation of the band as something akin to fate, Dorothy’s recent tour in support of Miguel, Rolling Stone putting them high on their list of new bands to know, Levi’s grabbing the track “Wicked Ones” for an international campaign, and the band’s self-made clip for “After Midnight” captivating none other than the decision-makers at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to sign the four-piece to a label not usually interested in rock bands—Dorothy’s ascent is as transcendent as that pyramid in Mexico City adorned with the flapping wings of magic butterflies. In other words, you can’t really explain it, so step aside or join in. Either way, this thing, this Dorothy, it’s coming right at you.

“I’m just glad that they welcomed us and saw something special,” Martin says of signing to Roc Nation, while pondering the band’s future on the eve of their debut. “I try not to have any expectations. I’m always pushing us to be better. I’m my own toughest critic and I think this record is great. We’ll just have to wait and see what the world thinks.”

Discography

ROCKISDEAD (PREORDER)

RELEASED ON 29/04/2016

ROCKISDEAD (PREORDER)

DOROTHY

Missile

RELEASED ON 15/01/2016

Missile

Dorothy

Raise Hell

RELEASED ON 02/10/2015

Raise Hell

DOROTHY

DOROTHY

RELEASED ON 11/09/2015

DOROTHY

DOROTHY

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Don't miss DOROTHY performing "Raise Hell" tonight on Conan on TBS at 11pm/10c. Plus, get tickets to their upcoming 2017 headlining tour, on sale today from their website. dorothy_conan-jpg
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During the Holiday season, Roc Nation clients like to give back to their communities. Keep reading to see how some artists and athletes have given back for #RocGiving:screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-26-23-pmNovember 5th in Philadelphia –Jaelen Strong distributed 100 turkeys to local Philadelphia residents and the Kitchen of Love. This was the second annual Jaelen Strong Turkey Giveaway in Philadelphia.skyrocgivingNovember 10th in Dallas – Skylar Diggins volunteered at North Texas Food Bank Warehouse with Feeding America sorting canned goods, assembling boxes of non-perishable items, as well as bagging produce.mayaeni-volunteer-121November 16th in Detroit - Mayaeni will volunteer with Feeding America and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan at their My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery. She will assist clients as they choose groceries.img-20161118-wa00002November 17th in Las Vegas - Roc Nation Latin's Victoria La Mala and Karen Rodriguez visited the James Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Las Vegas to help serve food and talk with the kids and parents for the Club’s Pre-Thanksgiving.20161117_1409505November 17th in NYC - Rapsody volunteered with Feeding America to serve lunch at the Bowery Mission.img_3457November 17th in Boston - James Young took 15 homeless youth out for a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s and provided Jordan Brand backpacks and snapback hats.20161117_181722November 17th in New York - Davaughn, Roc Nation Latin's Mozart La Para and Mr Paradise, Rapsody, The LOX, and Roc Nation Sports' Junior Younan helped host a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner for 20 at-risk and homeless youth from Bronx Connect and SCO Independence Inn. Special thank you to NYY Steak, Ben’s Deli, and John Covelli for food donations.la-group-shotNovember 17th in Los Angeles - Samuel Larsen, Casey Veggies, DJ Reflex, Claudia Leitte, Deondre “Trakmatik” Collins, DOROTHY, Levi Carter,  Ludwig Goransson, Belly and Roc Nation Sports' Daniel Franco volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank with Feeding America sorting and packaging food.img_5486 img_5471November 18th in Philadelphia - Meek Mill donated 150 turkeys to Bible Way Baptist Church for We Feed the Homeless Philly’s annual turkey drive.img_1307 img_1310November 19th in Benton Harbor - Wilson Chandler's Thanksgiving pantry bag distribution in Benton Harbor with the Second Baptist Church provided food to about 100 families in need. Special thanks to Campbell's.dsc_0403 dsc_0389November 21st in Denver - Wilson Chandler distributed pantry baskets in Denver in partnership with Montbello Recreation Center. Special thanks to Boston Market.img_9157-approvedNovember 22nd in Atlanta, GA - TIP handed out 500 turkeys and sides to families in need at the rap star’s 11th Annual Community Turkey Drive with Mayor Kasim Reed.

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November 22nd in Miami, FL - Rusney Castillo visited the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade. He attended the Club’s pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner.

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November 22nd in Detroit, MI - Henry Ellenson and Mike Gbinije joined the Detroit Pistons Thanksgiving Initiative to host a dinner for 400 families. They served food, interacted with families, and distributed turkeys.

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November 22nd in Detroit, MI - Big Sean partnered with Tarence Wheeler for an All-Star Turkey Giveaway at River Rouge High School—3,500 turkeys and all the fixings were distributed.

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November 23rd in Hamlet, NC - Melvin Ingram hosted a turkey giveaway in his hometown of Hamlet with the support of teammates Melvin Gordon and Casie Hayward. Ingram’s sister Callie was also on-site to help handout 125 turkeys.

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Rihanna, Grimes, DJ Khaled, DJ Mustard, Justine Skye, Dorothy, Kevin Garrett, Touche Amore, Kacy Hill (Three Six Zero).Don't miss your favorite Roc Nation artists at Budweiser Made In America this year.TIDAL presale: Wednesday 6/22 10 AM EST General on sale: Monday 6/27 10 AM EST MadeInAmerica_Facebook_1200x628_ALT_Static
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Welcome DOROTHY to the Roc Nation family! The LA-based rock band (and Skullcandy ambassador) will be hitting the road this summer with the Grammy-winning Miguel powered by NetSuite. Don't miss out - tickets will be available starting Friday, June 19th.

Check out their debut EP here.

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