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Dominic is a Producer/Singer/Songwriter who has established himself within the Television and Music Industry…from music for shows on MTV.. to writing songs for artist on Island Def Jam.. There isn't much this guy hasn't dabbled in .. through his eyes MUSIC is the glue that holds this crazy thing we call life together..besides creating tunes for others..Dom also works on his own material (www.writtenbydom.bandcamp.com).. raised off the sound of Philly Soul and coming from the suburbs of South Jersey…Dom has a certain unique style and you can hear and feel the emotion when he sings..Currently Dom has taken the role of a manager and is currently representing singers,songwriters,and producers for Music Placement and Licensing opportunities in Television. for more information on how you can get involved in these opportunities contact firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to follow him @@WrittenByDom
Where have you lived?
West Virginia,New Jersey,Delaware
Where do you live?
Who and or What has inspired you?
MUSIC has inspired every second of my life....from the trips across the Ben Franklin Bridge to Philly...to the trips on the 5 off the 101 to Hollywood... Music takes me away from the obstacles in life...it places me in a world surrounded by love and happiness..
What was your first major break musically??
welp.. I was raised in a town called Wheeling,West Virginia..and Wheeling was a big Country Music town... so every year Kenny Rogers had a Christmas show at a Arena that was at the time called the Civic Center in town.. and every year he picked 6 kids out of about 2000 to perform with him... I was in 3rd or 4th grade and my first music teacher Mr. Shepard wanted me to try-out.. which I did ...and was selected to perform with the COUNTRY music ICON... my fondest memory of the concert was seeing how things worked behind the scenes for the first time... they had make-up,choreography it was a big eye opener for me at such an early age..Kenny was also a nice generous guy... I remember him throwing out money to the crowd and giving the kid singers gifts after the show..
If you had to name a city that inspires you the most musically... where and why does it inspire you???
The most influential place to me musically.. hmmm I gotta say PHILLY
Philadelphia has raised me musically...from the days my mother sang Philly Soul I was always in love with the city...I also had one my first starts musically in Philly....
I freelanced produced and was a songwriter at A Touch Of Jazz owned by DJ Jazzy Jeff off of Callowhill and Spring Garden.. I worked in a studio owned and operated by Wanya Morris of Boys To Men and a guy we called Mike Millions...both were very influential..I was there so much they made me a personal room to record in... other studios at a Touch of Jazz were owned by Nate from Boys To Men and Dre and Vidal (Michael Jackson/Usher/Floetry/etc.) those were some great times... I remember being in the studio for a week straight once.. didnt even leave to wash my ass..lol.. Philly will always be the best musical city in my heart... it is a city that is filled with MUSICAL TALENT as well as MUSICAL LEGENDS.
Sounds like you have been blessed to work with some great people...What advice would you give..if any..to people trying to make it in Music today???
this is a tough question ..because I myself havent made it business wise just yet... but I guess the main thing would be to become a sponge... anytime your around someone who may be better and or have already made it... soak up everything they are doing creatively and do it yourself... this day and age multiplatinum producers also sing..also write..also engineer... so the more you know how to do by yourself...the better... also learn the business of music a little bit... people tend to get to excited when they meet people who are so callled "DOING IT' in the industry... but this can also make you weak... and those same industry people can be quick to take advantage of your talents... and leave you broke... so it doesnt hurt to know a few things... such as publishing, royalties, and so on.. and my last thing would say is to be a lil unique..bring something to the table a tad different.. you dont gotta go crazy wit it... but if you hear stuff on the radio.. and you try to duplicate that... all a A&R is going to say is that sounds like that... and feelings and people can get hurt... my advice is to turn the radio off...go with your mind and start creating...its not going to hurt.. there are only about 6 songs on the radio anyway..lol