Welcome to an exclusive interview with Dom Malin, the Birmingham-based singer-songwriter whose latest single “Surface” has captivated audiences with its blend of alternative rock sound and heartfelt lyrics. In this interview, we delve deep into Dom’s musical journey, inspirations, and creative process to uncover the essence behind his compelling music.
Dom Malin’s music resonates with honesty, raw emotion, and a sense of fun that reflects his unique approach to songwriting and performance. Drawing inspiration from personal experiences and the world around him, Dom’s music is a testament to the power of storytelling through melody and rhythm.
Join us as we explore the intricate layers of Dom Malin’s musical universe, from his early influences to his evolving style and aspirations for the future. Through candid reflections and personal anecdotes, Dom invites us into his world, sharing insights into his creative process, influences, and aspirations.
Get ready to dive deep into the heart of Dom Malin’s music as we unravel the stories behind the songs and discover the driving force behind his artistic journey. From the stage to the studio, Dom Malin’s passion for music shines through, leaving an indelible mark on all who listen.
So, without further ado, let’s embark on a journey through sound and emotion with Dom Malin, as we uncover the soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics that define his unique musical identity.
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What is your stage name?
Where do you find inspiration?
For me, it comes from my own experiences and observations around me, in the world. A conversation with a mate or overhearing a stranger will strike inspiration and i’ll have to put Pen to paper and write the idea out.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music was always around me growing up. My parents were always playing joni mitchel, bob Dylan or neil young, and my uncle had (and still has) so many records that i loved to look Through as a kid. I started playing guitar at a young age from the encouragement of my mom and dad, and the early exposure to those previously mentioned legends played an important part in my early years.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
In the way that my parents are appreciators of music, yes. But no one other than me plays an instrument
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
The early influences of bob dylan and joni mitchell can be attributed to my career path, but also artists such as eric clapton, bruce springsteen and tom petty enhanced my love for playing guitar and songwriting. My love grew for performing and here i am.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I‘ve never had any formal training i’m self-taught. My earliest memory of singing to a crowd was in school at a recital and from that moment i never looked back. I found my voice was an extension of my guitar playing and allowed me to explore the emotive structure of a song.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Nils lofgren! He’s a multi-instrumentalist and a member of bruce springsteen’s e street band. He was playing a solo show and his professionalism and stage presence was infectious. One of the best experiences of my life.
How could you describe your music?
Honest, raw, and fun. I always try to have a cool lick in my guitar or a groovy piano melody.
Describe your creative process.
I think it changes everytime, but typically i start with a guitar or piano and once something comes together, i start to hear the arrangement in my head. I then work on the production, structure and instrumentation at home. Once i’m happy with the demo i re-track the parts in the studio.
What is your main inspiration?
Real-life stories/experiences with people who have faced adversity, rejection and loss.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Damien rice. He was one of my earliest self founded influences. His stage persona blew me away. I’ve always been captivated by how he embodies his songs live.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
It’s constantly evolving. From the musical to the themes i write about. I need to keep it interesting and mature. I’m not someone who will write the same song twice.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Myself. I’m always setting new benchmarks and pushing boundaries.
What are your interests outside of music?
Travelling and exploring, cooking and playing tennis. I love taking on new challenges, for example, i tried skiing for the first time last winter and it was an incredible opportunity and so much fun. I also love wine, such a fun way to be a part of something creative that isn’t music.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I would be a chef i think there are many similarities; discipline, and creativity.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Without a doubt, location! It’s hugely important to position yourself where there is a scene to network and find your people.
if you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
To be completely honest: it’s a hard industry to be a part of and it’s hard for a reason. You need to adapt and i do think the industry is heading in a positive direction. But if i could, I would change how artists are paid on streaming platforms.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Surface has always been the title since its creation. It came to existence from a lifelong struggle of feeling like an outsider, perpetually on the fringes, trying to belong but never breaking through that barrier, that surface. This song explores the internal struggle of wanting to be a part of something, yearning to be heard, yet often feeling like a ghost—a mere whisper in the roaring crowd.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Quite a few releases! Touring in may-june through germany and the netherlands. More travel plans unrelated to music, continuing to be live on twitch (wednesdays and saturdays), live performances, and hustling.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Currently have 3 collaboration plans! And working with two other artists later this year. There’s going to be so much music coming out.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Make yourself known! I’d love to get to know my audience.