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Interview with The DOMI on his new single and more

“The first time I heard The DOMI’s single, Together, I was transported back to 2009 when I first discovered the world of indie pop. What’s more, it defies genre, and can only be called pure indie. According to The DOMI, “the tracks of The Domi oscillate between atmospheric pop and minimal rock, inspired by Radiohead, Blonde Redhead, Deus, Pixies, Ghinzu, Get Well Soon and Grandaddy.”

In his own words: “In 2008, Dominique Lemaire, [a songwriter and performer], founded the group Énée with Yann Drezet (guitar, lead) and Sylvain Jouet (bass). The group released two EPs, an album and several singles, for more than twenty-five titles in total. The music of énée met with a warm reception from the public and great repercussions in the specialized press (Les Inrockuptibles, France Culture, Indie Rock Mag, Le Transistor, among others).”

In the time they were together, Énée released 25 titles, was signed to two labels, and exploded on the French scene. Now, Dominique is working on The DOMI, a “parallel” experience to his former band. He calls it a solo–but not solitary–project. Dominique describes his sound as, “The Domi expresses itself in a minimal register, mixing emotion and melody, with a no-frills rhythm machine, a flexible and warm bass, aerial guitars and a direct and lively vocals. The second track, ‘Together’, is about life together with its ups and downs, hope and new beginnings.””

Lisa: Hey Dominique! Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you remember the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or hard choice to make?

The Domi: Music has always been important to me.

I started playing guitar at 15 and composed songs soon after and never stopped until now. I decided to  go and live in Paris  to take my chance . I had several nice opportunities  and never gave up

Lisa: What is the mission of “The Domi”?

The Domi: The Domi is my new project .

I wanted to make new uplifting songs, a new style.
I wanted to make original short pop rock songs .
I  made everything on my own from beginning to end .
I have always stuck to my values and never compromised my work for music business even though it was tempting sometimes

Lisa: What types of change do you feel your music can initiate?

The Domi:

Lisa: Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a song?

The Domi: I think you should always be faithful to who you are and what you like in your music even though sometimes it’s hard.

Lisa: What ideas did inform “Together” in particular?

The Domi: Together is about relationships and the need to make efforts to keep going. It’s about making efforts and new starts when you are with someone for some time.

 

Lisa: What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?

The Domi: I always try to bring energy to people through my music.

Lisa: What are your plans for the future?

The Domi: I plan to go back on stage soon and also find people and structures to keep going with the domi.”

What do you think?

Written by Lisa

Lisa is an undergraduate at Universitá Degli Studi di Roma, she is currently studying course in modern pop culture. She loves to write about and live for the music.

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