domino is a 23 year old artist and producer residing in Los Angeles, born in Italy and previously based in Sacramento. His background and journey into music is definitely a story to tell. domino started showing his performance talents as a close up card magician at the age of just 8! Being a magic fanatic as a child, he then went into the realms of spoken word and poetry through school and starting rapping around the age of 19-20. With creativity in abundance, domino raps on subjects close to the heart, focusing on illustrating emotion and making timeless music to break the boundaries of the genre.
After releasing his amazing first EP - "thats not a pigeon" we are all eagerly awaiting news on future projects and shows! His artistic vision is not only portrayed through music but also through his artwork and visuals, allowing the audience to get a true sense of the message and mindset of the talented ‘domino’
We were giving the chance to find out more, in an exclusive THV Interview.
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TreeHouse Vibes x domino Interview
TREEHOUSE: Yo brother! Introduce yourself, and tell us where you’re from?
DOMINO: What’s good TreeHouse! Great to be here, here is currently Los Angeles! However, my back story is that I was born in Pordenone, Italy and moved around the U.S. real young. I lived in San Jose, CA from childhood to about 4th grade; where I moved to the Sacramento Area, I went to high school and did a bunch of hoodrat-suburby-stupid-kid-type-stuff.
TREEHOUSE: Really! That’s dope; you’re well-travelled, so when and why did you start making music?
DOMINO: Well, to answer that I need to explain a bit haha. I started doing close up card magic at 8 years old and was traveling, working and performing by 12 years old and onwards. This gave me my performer bug and I practiced magic intensely until about 19-20. Along that whole time I also wrote and performed a ton of poetry, and spoken word. These two combos of magic and poetry performance really opened my eyes that I could achieve some things on a higher scale.
I thought that starting music could really give me the outlet I need to contact the people that may need to hear what I have to say, yadidi? I had always dabbled in music (my pops and brother were always playing guitar, I took drum and bass lessons as a kid) — But I started shifting from acapella poetry to “rapping” around 19 (I’m 23 now) and I started producing less than a year ago!
TREEHOUSE: What kind of sound or style would you say you have now?
DOMINO: You know, I am very much so still discovering a constant “sound” because I tend to create towards and out of emotion. This tends to create a wide variety of sounds and styles. But my work tends to have poetics to it, it tends to be lyrically driven and make a statement or tell a story but really have production that can really reflect what is trying to be conveyed, and vice versa. I’m not sure if I answered that, but yeah.
TREEHOUSE: Favourite artist right now?
DOMINO: Ooooooooooh. For many reasons, it’s a tie between Kendrick and Chance.
TREEHOUSE: Ahh tough one, out of them two I’d probably go Chance! What's one thing you can't live without?
DOMINO: My loved ones.
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing on your bucket list?
DOMINO: Visit all of the 7 wonders of the world … (and collab with 9th wonder after)
TREEHOUSE: Haha cool! So what is your favourite track right now?
DOMINO: So so so tough. But I keep finding myself going back and finding new things in this track, even after 2 - 3 months later. BUT the track is ‘’Idle hour by oylo ft. dawson & kolada''
oylo is the homie and also an amazing producer, and the vocals from dawson and kolada are just ridiculous.
TREEHOUSE: One instrument you wish you could play?
DOMINO: Oh this one’s easy. The violin! It may or may not be the most beautiful instrument, in my opinion, in both sound and design... (Although there’s something about harmonica that I really like)
TREEHOUSE: In terms of your music, what are you trying to accomplish?
DOMINO: In somewhat simple terms, the main goal is to create raw, real and impactful music that can reach as many people as possible in order to get into the ears of the people that not only appreciate it, but that may need to hear it. Along with shifting culture in innovative ways, inspire the masses, etc.
TREEHOUSE: If you could play a show overseas tomorrow where would it be?
DOMINO: Either in the Ashford Castle in Ireland or the Coliseum in Rome.
TREEHOUSE: Aye Big up all our Irish and Italian supporters! Who are your influences?
DOMINO: Sheesh. Musically it’s quite the variety… As a youngin I used to make my mom buy me Sinatra and Winehouse. A friend of mine years and years ago put me onto Louie Prima— which is amazing. My dad was always making me listen to; Run DMC, Will Smith, N.W.A. etc. My teen years were filled with a lot of random rock and punk bands haha. Zeppelin, The Doors, Sum 41, Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, etc.
MCR was really influential to me on the aspect of combining original art with music and being able to cross arts so seamlessly. I studied Def Jam Poetry Poets for years and years and years. Hip Hop wise I was listening to a ton of Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Killer Mike, Slim Shady, Dilla, Kanye, etc.
TREEHOUSE: Other passions beside music?
DOMINO: Other than music, life influences me in all aspects, not to sound cliché or something. But the people I’m surrounded by, my family, friends and everyone I come into contact with. The details of things as you walk down the street; the sounds I first wake up, or go to sleep to. I just try to take notes of the details that we take for granted every day. That tends to keep my inspired and influences me to create with that mindset to detail.
TREEHOUSE: What can you tell us about future projects?
DOMINO: Well, there will be many. I don’t want to give too many details away. But I plan on putting out a lot of video / music projects this year. The visuals will be cool, on all aspects… Musically I plan to have a few collab projects and a few small single projects. I want to throw an art gallery event this year in LA; I plan on combining magic and music in amazing ways as well. Just a large variety of projects.
TREEHOUSE: That's very cool! I can't wait to see that. What do you think of the future beats scene right now?
DOMINO: The future beats scene… Well, the name itself is forward progressing, but I don’t see too much of that going on right now. I feel as if, and this goes for a lot of genres outside of the future beats scene, that a lot of artists are doing or leaning towards whats “hot” right now. I want to see more music that is timeless, and created not with intention of creating the most genre specific track… More music created out of emotion, genuinely pushing the boundaries of what makes a genre that genre. But all in all, what people are doing is incredible and I’m so excited to see what will keep coming.
TREEHOUSE: Name one artist or collective who you want to point out for 2016?
DOMINO: Well my homie and roommate steeziak is dope. He makes wavy beats and we have a few tracks together (and a potential project coming this year????)
BUT, Y’all need to check out the collective I am a part of, we go by AAS ; in length, awesome awesome shxt. AAS was created by Ru AREYOU and consists of a bunch of really talented artists that throw monthly events where we come together to have a really great time and share really amazing music. Every artist is ridiculous, musically… But also does much, much more than music. We are a great group of artists and an even better time.
You can check it out.
TREEHOUSE: Yeah you guys are dope! steeziak is a beast! Who would you love to work with dead or alive?
DOMINO: Wow, y’all really ended with the toughest question of all time. Buuuut, if I had to pick one I’d have to pick Frank Sinatra or I’d punch myself in the face.
(But Kanye, hit me up)
Big Thanks to domino, we foremly welcome him and the whole AAS family to the TreeHouse.
We wish domino and ASS nothing but success for the future and are awaiting new projects!!!
CHECK OUT - Steeziak ft. Natey & Domino ~ Brown Sugar Cinnamon (Music Video)
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