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DOLLY’S Bree Player kicked back with the guy you’ll al­ways find front and cen­tre at an In Stereo show.

Dolly - - Ya Boys -

“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.

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