DOLLY’S Bree Player kicked back with the guy you’ll always find front and centre at an In Stereo show.
“MY DREAM IS TO PLAY WEMBLEY STADIUM – I CAN DIE A HAPPY MAN IF THAT HAPPENS.”
WE FIRST MET YOU AT THE START OF 2016…
Right, the pool shoot – that was fun.
SO WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR YOU IN THAT TIME?
I think as individuals and as a band we’ve all matured a lot. We’ve been on tours and met loads of new people in the industry.
YOU REALLY COME ALIVE ON STAGE – IT SEEMS LIKE THAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO BE.
Yeah, it really is. My background is rooted in performance more than anything else. I’m a true believer that you can’t just be a good singer in the booth, you have to bring that stage presence and really deliver, because that’s what makes you unique from other artists and that’s what makes you stand out. But at the end of the day, I really enjoy it and commit to it.
TELL US ABOUT THE MOMENT YOU FIRST THOUGHT ‘THIS IS REAL, THIS IS HAPPENING’.
Our first show at The Lair in Sydney. I remember the date – February 20 – and we went on stage at 7.30pm. It was my first show with the boys and a full set. I had the dream of becoming a performer, and in that moment it became my reality. I could imagine going from playing for 250 of our fans to playing in arenas all around the world. My dream is to play Wembley Stadium – I can die a happy man if that happens.
WHAT ARTISTS DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
When I first listened to music, I didn’t really have a sense of direction of what I liked. I was experimenting and listening to loads of different things. Then I came across the pop-punk scene and I thought ‘Man, if I can make myself sound like this and if I can perform like this, it would be amazing’. I’m not as reckless as them, but I really aspire to be like them. I look at them and think they’re total rock stars; I want to be doing that guitar solo and I want to stage-dive into that mosh pit.
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR FANS FOR A BIT…
Hey, like there are so many artists out there who don’t get dedicated fans like we have. We’re so fortunate and so happy to have fans that, whatever happens to us and no matter what, they’ll never turn their back on us. They come to see us every time we’re at an airport and they come to every show. It’s very emotional for me because I can’t believe this is happening. It’s the thought of the whole Beatlemania thing, where fans are swarming and chasing their cars – that could be happening to me one day. It’s really cool for me and the boys.
WHEN YOU’RE PERFORMING AND YOU LOOK OUT TO THE CROWD, DO YOU RECOGNISE GIRLS?
Yeah, absolutely, especially in the front row – I recognise most of the girls from our past shows; I consider them friends as well as fans, it’s cool. I also love noticing new people at shows because that means we’re doing a good job and we’re expanding our fandom.
TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR NEW SINGLE, ‘GIRLFRIEND’.
It’s a great song. It has a lot of dynamic feels to it. That’s why I like to say that the band is maturing, because you can see it in our music. I really love this song and I’m very proud of it.
DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A SUMMER BANGER ON YOUR HANDS?
I hope so! I take it as it comes ’cos you never know what’s going to happen.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I rock the black jeans, the black shoes and whatever I can put on the top with a jacket. I like to dress the part, though – I want to look good and stand out. I like Luke Hemmings’ style – he’ll go to an awards show and everyone is wearing a suit and he’s rocking the leathers. Just so cool.
AS A BAND, ARE YOU GUYS PRETTY TIGHT?
Yeah, we’re the happiest we’ve ever been as a band. We’ve never had a fight, we’ve never had any drama. It’s just been amazing, the whole two years we’ve been together. It’s been an absolute blast. They are my two best friends. The stars aligned and we made this amazing band and I got amazing friends.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT SHOOTING YOUR OWN DOLLY COVER?
I never thought this would ever happen! ’Cos, you know, we’re in a group so you stay with the pack, but this is so cool. .
THE ONLY OTHER TIME WE’VE DONE THIS WAS WITH 1D.
That’s such an honour to follow. Any time we get compared to One Direction it’s just such an honour. They were the biggest boy band in the world – well, since The Beatles. Hopefully it could be us after One Direction – that would be a dream come true.