PTM Podcast: No More Dysphoria with Nicolle Maroulis of Hit Like A Girl

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Nicolle Maroulis photographed by Giana Caliolo.

When I talked to Nicolle Maroulis over the phone, the musician and founder of the Montclair, NJ band Hit Like A Girl was home in between two tours. But between working three jobs, leading Hit Like A Girl, and running a non-profit organization, Maroulis has little down time. When I asked how they recharge, Maroulis paused. “Recharge… that’s such a hard question to answer. I never stop.”

Hit Like A Girl began as a solo acoustic project of Maroulis, and has since expanded to include a full band. Growing up, Maroulis fell in love with bands like Tiger Jaw, Balance and Composure, and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and now blends emo with catchy hooks and starkly honest lyrics.

On this episode of the podcast, Maroulis and I chatted about one of Hit Like A Girl’s latest singles, “No More Dysphoria.” The song speaks to their experience as a non-binary person, including the exhaustion of misgendering, microagressions, and constantly having to explain your identity. “No More Dysphoria” also shares a name with the non-profit organization that Maroulis runs, which helps transgender individuals pay for aspects of their transition.

You can use the player above to listen to our full conversation. Maroulis shared how they write new songs, tackle onstage nerves, and the secrets to building the perfect Taco Bell order. You can also find the podcast on via PodbeanApple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Songs included in this episode: “No More Dysphoria” and “It’s Not Me” by Hit Like A Girl

The Pass The Mic Podcast is produced by Allie Pasiuk and Colleen Cowie, and is presented by Renaissance People’s Media. If you want to support the people who make this podcast and Pass The Mic possible, you can head to our Patreon at

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