Interview: DOE EYE

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DOE EYE’s sophomore EP release, Hotel Fire is available on iTunes now!

From the sound, to the mesmerizing lyrics, to DOE EYE’s  sultry vocals, Hotel Fire is really a haunting and impressive piece of work. Not only does frontwoman Maryam Qudus have the pipes, the band is  definitely one to remember. Coming in as a finalist in  Billboard Magazine’s 2012 Billboard Battle of the Bands placed DOE EYE on the music map, giving them the recognition and praise  that they deserve.

DOE EYE has opened for acts including Pop Etc, The Limousines, and ZZ Ward. Maryam Qudus was awarded Fuse TV‘s Unsigned Artist of The Month, and the band just performed at San Francisco’s favorite indie music festival, Noise Pop this month. This band is moving with a mighty force!

We got the opportunity to talk with DOE EYE’s Maryam about her experience with Billboard Magazine, performing live, their new album, Hotel Fire, and some shows she would like to perform at one day.

On music festivals, she headline or perform:

“I would love to perform at Treasure Island Music Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza. [As for] venues, I would like to perform at The Fox Theatre in Oakland, The Fillmore in SF, Terminal 5 in NYC, Troubadour in LA – there are so much more that I can’t think of right now!”
On her experience with Billboard Magazine’s 2012 Billboard Battle of the Bands:
“It was all pretty crazy – I never expected to get recognized by Billboard this fast. We got to tour through a few cities along the way to Las Vegas, made a ton of fans and got a full page spread in Billboard Magazine.”
On her influences: 
“My influences change all the time – some of my current influences areSt. Vincent, Arcade Fire and Bat for Lashes. “
On working on her new album, Hotel Fire
“The EP came to life on it’s own. The songs came together over a 6-8 month period and recorded the EP in 8 days at Tiny Telephone with John Vanderslice. I had ideas of what I wanted and arranged all the songs – but worked together with JV on all the sounds we would use.”
On her definition of success: 
“I’m always trying to get better at what I do, so I’m never really 100% satisfied. There is always something to work on, more songs to write, touring and playing more festivals and becoming an overall better artist. I love that I am always searching for something greater, it keeps me driven.
On what listeners can gain by listening to her music:
“I  want people to listen with a pair of headphone and really pay attention to all of the sounds that are happening. It’s easy to miss the little things in a song and those are usually the most beautiful parts – that second guitar part or that quiet background vocal or the squeaking of a guitar pedal. The lyrics are up for interpretation – however it best relates to the listener.”
On what’s next for her:
“I am working on my first full length record with John Vanderslice!”
For more information on DOE EYE, visit here.
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