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WPGM Commentary: Doller Is Committed To Musical Exploration On New EP ‘Call Me’

Hello everyone! My name is Doller, I’m a North London artist with over 15 years in the game and I’m thrilled to be back in full effect with my latest EP Call Me and present it to everyone reading this!

This project is all about pushing boundaries and exploring different genres. It is a testament to my commitment to musical exploration and a celebration of the diverse sounds that shape my artistic identity so I would love for everyone reading this to take it in!

The project is comprised of three tracks that fall into three different genres — garage, trap-dancehall, and trap-soul. I would say “Call Me” is a sonic adventure that pushes the boundaries of genre conventions so I invite everyone to embark on it!

The core inspiration behind “Call Me” was my desire to showcase versatility in a way that resonates uniquely with my audience. Choosing to center the EP around a single track was a deliberate move to emphasize the transformative power of music. Each version of the song contributes a unique flavor and I believe it paints a sonic landscape that encapsulates the richness of musical diversity.

The spotlight of this musical journey undoubtedly falls on the garage version. It was conceived as the initial piece because it radiates a joyous, upbeat energy intended to infuse positivity into the listener’s experience and also give my female audience a song to sing along to. This version laid the foundation for the EP and basically acted as the catalyst for the development of the trap-dancehall and trap-soul versions.

With the release of the garage version, I also aimed to create a visual narrative that complements the music so I made sure it is accompanied by a fun video. I released it along with the track in late September and my plan was to provide a dynamic and immersive dimension to the EP’s narrative, which I believe I managed to do successfully.

While “Call Me” may be a short project, the length was very intentional because I wanted to create a compact musical journey that would cater to a broad spectrum of music lovers by offering three distinct flavors of the same musical essence.

Also, reflecting on my role as an artist I recognize the diverse settings in which people engage with music and I understand the multifaceted role that music plays in people’s lives. Therefore I crafted my compositions to be versatile.

Whether it’s setting the tone for a Friday night celebration or providing the soundtrack for a Monday morning motivation session, I want my music to resonate with listeners across various moments and moods. Basically be the soundtrack for both Friday night celebrations and Monday morning motivation and vibes.

I am grateful to be able to say that in the trajectory of my career, the support and recognition from influential figures within the music scene, have been humbling. Names such as Ghetts, Tion Wayne, DJ Target, Charlie Sloth, Sian Anderson, Sir Spyro, Wiley, Logan Sama, and others have provided invaluable nods of approval, which I believe also played a role in allowing my musical footprint to extend beyond traditional platforms.

My music made its mark in unexpected places such as MTV’s Base adverts and the movie Sket, and those are some achievements that I am very proud of.

I cannot end this without paying my respects to my family and saying that music is not just a passion for me; it’s in my blood. I am grateful to be the son of the incredible roots reggae singer Kush Tafari and the nephew of the maverick Jamaican rapper Flash, which also means that I’ve lived my entire life immersed in a musical environment.

I started my journey at the age of 16 as a grime MC then I’ve organically evolved, delved into rap, dancehall, and trap-soul and just allowed my artistic expression to flourish. Over the 15 years that I have devoted to perfecting my craft I am very happy and proud to say that I’ve cultivated a diverse audience.

From the heart of the UK, where my largest fanbase resides, to the vast landscapes of the US, South America, and Jamaica, my music resonates across borders. While my listenership tends to skew towards those over 25 and is often male-dominated, the universal appeal of my music gracefully extends to a female audience.

In the end I want to say that Call Me represents more than just a creative endeavor; it’s my way of punctuating the culmination of 2023 with a resounding artistic statement. As we all bid farewell to 2023, I want Call Me to stand not only as a reflection of my artistic evolution but also as a promising prelude to the exciting chapters awaiting in my musical journey.

Listen to Call Me below.

Words by Doller // Follow him on Instagram + Twitter

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