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Jason Dottley...A Sordid Life No More

by JC Alvarez
Sunday Apr 7, 2013
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Re-emerging on the pop scene, music sensation Jason Dottley has been dodging one bullet after another in the midst of promoting his new single. A triple threat - Dottley is a singer/writer/producer - he makes no bones about courting controversy, though recently headlines have focused on his private life, Dottley has experienced some bias even as he unleashed the video for his single "It’s Our Night."

Given the track’s electro-pulsating beat, Dottley could have effortlessly choreographed an assembled group of muscled-up hard bodies, casting alluring lights and shadows across the screen. Instead, he took a retro-active approach to "It’s Our Night" and nostalgically delivered a film noir-like narrative - with intrigue and sinister intentions. His critics appeared nonplussed by the artist’s vérité efforts.

"Within three and a half minutes," Dottley begins to describe, "I wanted to do something as close to an acting project, and as far from a music video as I could." In the high-concept story line for "It’s Our Night," Dottley appears on a mission to assassinate a former lover, but there are many chess pieces in play. The drama escalates at a black tie affair, and fists go flying, guns go off! "There were no dancers, very little lip-syncing - it was just a story, and I got to play a character." His previous videos had been extremely typical and run of the mill expectation for a dance artist.


It’s Dottley’s Night

Pushing the envelope, being edgy, didn’t vibe with some of his public, who erroneously criticized Dottley for "playing straight" in the video which pays homage to the golden age of MTV. "I grew up watching Madonna put out music videos that were events," he says. "I wanted to make a music video the way that I understood music videos to be." Dottley single-handedly is attempting to reintroduce a lost art. "I loved making that video."

He’s equally excited about the new music, this track especially. "The song is my ode to 90’s dance music," The track produced by Christopher Vieno, is from Dottley’s upcoming full-album project entitled "Love Story." "When I first started working on this album, everything I was writing was sad - pure escapism." He wouldn’t allow that grey cloud to rain on his mood. He decided instead to turn his attention on the celebration of love. "The album begins with the end of one love affair, and into new love."

With such a perfect segue (it’s a practically staged set-up), it’s impossible to avoid the elephant that’s been pacing in the room. Immediately Dottley nips things in the bud regarding his recent separation (after nearly 10 years together, 3 married), then divorce from filmmaker/screenwriter Del Shores, the creator of the cult favorite series "Sordid Lives."



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