Music Interview: Dom Marcell

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Dom Marcell’s new single just dropped and it’s a doozy. Called “D.T.K.,” the single is a fresh amalgamation of pop and hip hop, along with Dom’s inimitable style, a style that is his and his alone. Not only does he have oodles of talent, but he does it all: vocals, lyrics, videography and recording – the whole nine-yards. What’s more, he has the look and the vocal chops necessary to make it BIG.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dom and find out more about him. I think you’ll enjoy his personality as much as I did. He emanates inner joy, a lust for life and constructive energy.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Not paying a traffic ticket!

What’s your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?

Drake’s “Controlla.” hands down. By far my favorite song of 2016, and still one of my all-time favorites.

What musicians influenced you the most?

Usher,Justin Timberlake, Jaheim, Joe, Robin Thicke, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond to name a few.

How would you describe your style of music?

My style of music is illustrative of my personality: fun, turnt-up, care-free, very catchy, upbeat, happy. My goal is to allow the listener to have a good time through partying, self-reflection, etc.

Where do you find inspiration for your songs?

Inspiration for my songs comes from my personal life experiences, others’ or what’s happening in the world. For example, for my song “That’s What’s Up,” I wrote this in response to the constant negativity a few people kept throwing at me at the time. I decided to respond in song. I state that, in order to be on Dom’s Team, you have to be no stress and no drama. One must be positive and respect others. If not, the Dom ship will sail and leave you behind.

What is your songwriting process? Does the music come first and then the lyrics?

My songwriting process yields the best results, when I find the music first. The music should speak directly to my soul which will allow me to write something that flows naturally. I have gotten this down to a science! If I am not immediately connected to a music track in the first 5-10 seconds, I don’t write to it. Since I’ve done it this way, my writing is strong and the melody and lyrics flow organically. This process has yielded amazing results based on the impromptu focus groups I conduct.

So far, has “DTK” been well-received by the critics? By listeners?

Yes, critics, celebrities and industry insiders/executives have the DTK fever! It’s a great feeling. I conducted focus groups across many types of listeners to ensure that I was making a proper investment, and all the feedback has been positive. Pretty amazing. People are waiting for the video, directed by Gordon Cowie, which will take the song to the next level.

Will you be touring in the near future? If so, where?

I hope to do a tour in support of my new songs in the late summer! In the meantime, I am playing shows in California next month and New York in June. I also will be performing on Fox TV, New Orleans 504TV and more to come to strongly position us to hit the road for the tour!

Are you working on any new songs? And when might your fans expect the release of an EP or a full album?

Yes! I am work, work, working! I have many songs already recorded and I have almost completed the full album. It will be released in the second half of 2017 for sure! Get RETTY!

What impact do you hope to achieve?

I would like to be an inspiration for those individuals who have a dream but may be apprehensive about going after it. For me, everything has happened for a reason. My experience at USC, performing in my teens, pursuing corporate America, obtaining my JD/MBA degrees from Northwestern U and working on Wall St. has taught me discipline, leadership, team building, networking, cost efficiency and execution. This business side coupled with my mastery of the creative side has given me the courage to pursue my music HEAD ON! I have built an entire enterprise with a team of over 70 people, while achieving certain milestones: vid and photo shoots, branding, marketing, screenings, focus groups, etc. If one prepares and educates oneself, then the perceived risk in following one’s passion/dream is mitigated. Talk about Self-sufficiency.

Have any major labels expressed an interest in your music?

I have not shared my music with any label execs yet. However, several labels have begun following me on Instagram.

Did you study music in a formal setting, or pick it up on your own?

Both. I used to play in the music band at school and had 1 on 1 lessons (trumpet and piano, but I am not good anymore!), and I am also vocally trained. However, I perfected my unique style over the years on my own.

The production values on your “DTK” are superb. Who produced it?

The incredible Swagetti. Dope, right?!

Find out more about Dom Marcell here.

Listen to D.T.K. on Spotify here.

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