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Q&A: Andy Dolson Shares His Journey into the World of Music

Have you ever heard of Dolson? They're an up-and-coming piano rock band, often compared to Ben Folds, The Fray and Coldplay. North Canton Patch got the scoop on what makes Dolson stand out.

North Canton Patch had the opportunity to talk with Andy Dolson, lead singer in the piano rock band Dolson. Dolson will play at the event, , Oct. 5 at Hoover Park. The band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

We also thought it was pretty cool that Andy took the time to respond. Andy and his band have been recording the whole month in Atlanta and have been going nonstop. 

North Canton Patch: How did your passion for music start?

Andy Dolson: Didn't we all start because we thought we were going to meet girls?

North Canton Patch:  Where do you get your inspiration from?

Dolson: Every once in awhile, I'll get a streak where melody and lyrics seem to come from nowhere, but more often than not, the best ideas come from the hours spent at the keyboard when I'm feeling thoroughly uninspired. In the words of Chuck Close, "Inspiration is for amateurs." (From a Chuck Close interview by Joe Fig, Plus Ultra Gallery, NY).

North Canton Patch: When did your band form, and how did you guys come together?

Dolson: The current band formed just over a year and a half ago. We all run in the same circles, having played in various other projects together over the years. This band started as a solo project of mine. I started getting show offers that needed a full band, and things just progressed from there. We'll be putting out our first record in 2012.

North Canton Patch: How has your band grown together?

Dolson: Between rehearsals, shows and the long road trips across the country, we spend a good deal of time together and usually in close quarters. 

North Canton Patch: Do you guys play at a lot of local events? Where do you typically play?

Dolson: We play locally a few times a year. We consider Musica to be our home venue. We also really love The Auricle and House of Blues

North Canton Patch: Do you have any connections to North Canton? Where did you guys grow up?

Dolson: Our rehearsal space is actually just off of Cleveland Avenue in downtown Canton, but we're kind of from all over the map. Mike (drummer) and I grew up in Northeast Ohio. Patrick (guitar) and Andrew (bass) grew up out of state, but they've lived in the Canton area for quite some time. 

North Canton Patch: What's next? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Dolson: One step at a time. At this exact moment, (while I'm writing this) Patrick is recording guitar tracks for our first full-length band record. We're in Atlanta recording at Glow in the Dark Studios with Matt Goldman. He's a great producer who's worked with a lot of indie bands, but he's probably best known for his work with Copeland, Underoath and The Chariot. Our first step then will be to get this record out. I can't say too much, but we're looking at some labels and/or distributors to release the album as early as spring 2012. I'm sure that we will spend a good deal of the next five years on the road. What's crazy is that if you asked me where I'd see myself in five years five years ago, there's no way I would have told you that I'd be in Atlanta making this record. 

North Canton Patch: What artists influence your music?

Dolson: Between the four of us you'd get four very different answers. I've always been a sucker for vocal melodies. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Hall & Oates and The Beach Boys on the radio. As a piano player, I definitely have to tip my hat to Billy Joel and Ben Folds. I think it's safe for me to speak on behalf of Patrick and say that he's been pretty heavily influenced by The Edge's guitar playing. (The Edge is the name of the guitar player from U2).

North Canton Patch: What advice would you give to a young musician or an aspiring band?

Dolson: You probably have a better chance learning how to perfect your free throws and becoming a basketball star. If you are serious, it's hard work. It helps if you enjoy having no money, sleeping on floors, driving long hours and having your vehicle blow up an hour from home while pulling a trailer full of gear.

North Canton Patch: What's the biggest challenge of being in a band?

Dolson: The biggest challenge of being in a band is creating something that translates to people and has value. 

Emily Chesnic September 26, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Seriously cool photo!
Morgan Day September 26, 2011 at 05:38 PM
I'm excited to hear them at Brews After Five! If anyone else knows of any cool bands we can feature on North Canton Patch, let us know. They don't have to be North Canton-based, but they do have to have upcoming shows in North Canton or have a member from North Canton. Morgan.Day@patch.com
Paul Eriksen September 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM
A cool North Canton band you can feature is "7th Street"
Morgan Day September 27, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Hey, Paul, thanks for the suggestion. Do you have a link to their Facebook page or a website of theirs? I'm not really coming up with anything because the name is so vague.
Paul Eriksen September 27, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Sure - I will email you some info!

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