Dorja are LA's newest hard rock sensation about to explode onto the scene. With a diverse and vast range of musical influences, their unique style is a nod to 70's & 80's classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Guns N Roses, whilst fusing with the modern sounds of current garage rock bands such as Royal Blood. With their powerful, guitar-driven hooks and heavy drums, teamed with a vocal of raw energy to challenge Janis Joplin, Dorja have created one of the most exciting new bands today.
Dorja are an aggregate of young, yet experienced musicians from all over the world. The five members from England, Belgium and Kazakhstan met together for the first time in May 2016 in Los Angeles after months of writing collaboratively in online sessions. They recorded their debut single ‘Fire’ with Erich Gobel (Black Sabbath, John Mayer, Ray Charles) at West Triad Studios in California, created by Mark Schulman (Pink). The single was released on the 30th June 2016 to a growing audience who were already captured by the music.
The single release was followed by a short UK tour in July 2016. The five girls then turned their attention to working on their debut EP ‘Target Practice’. This four track EP released 31st March 2017 features Dorja’s first official music video ‘Reaching Out’ as well as the previous single ‘Fire’. Being the band’s first physical release, the ‘Target Practice’ EP launch UK tour was met with great excitement from fans, who filled the venues on each night.
Aiym Almas - Vocals
Becky Baldwin - Bass
Sarah Michelle - Guitar
Anna Mylee - Drums
Rosie Botterill - Guitar
Between the members they have performed in prestigious venues such as LA’s Whiskey A Go Go, The Viper Room and Las Vegas Hard Rock Live, as well as 10 different O2 Academies. They toured throughout Europe, played major festivals and recorded in studios such as Livingston Studios, Real World Studios, West Triad Studios, Invada Studios and have appeared in publications such as Total Guitar, Guitar World, Modern Drummer Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and The Sun. The members have studied under industry professionals in the UK & USA learning from the likes of Jamie Humphries, Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Chickenfoot), John Wheatcroft, Mark Schulman, Damon Minchella (Ocean Colour Scene) and many more.
The transatlantic girls bond musically and the key to their sound is not only their love of music but also their complete creative freedom.