INTERVIEW: Dommix

Hi Dom, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thankyou! I’ve been great, finishing up lots of new music!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Twenty Four”?

Of course. It’s heavy bass house track with some in your face sound design. One of the main drop synths was one of the first ‘Bass House’ sounds I created when I starting making the genre, and the other was a more recent sound similar to what I had used in my previous single Pull The Trigga. The idea behind the track was to use a combination of the new and old Dommix, and I’m really happy with the end result! The breakdown also features some old school house influence with the piano stab and drum break sample.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not an event, more the kind of artists I was listening to. I wanted to create a slightly slower track similar to the sounds of artists like Taiki Nulight and Cause & Affect to allow the groove to be appreciated more. A lot of Bass House or Bassline from the UK is 130-140, however Twenty Four is at 128 BPM.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not as of yet but perhaps in the future!

The single comes off your new album Ear Raid – why naming the new record after this track in particular?

The initial reason was simply because it was the only previously unheard track, however I like the idea that album as a collective is a Raid of sound on your ears!

What’s the story behind the title?

The phrase before the drop emulates what a Air Raid warning message would say before the siren, but believe it or not my Dad gave me the idea to the switch it to Ear Raid instead of Air Raid haha!

How was the recording and writing process?

From initial idea to finished arrangement this was one of my fastest written tracks, sometimes it all just comes together naturally and that usually results in the best final result. The most amount time was spent working on the mixdown however, which label boss DJ Zinc gave me a helping hand with. My favorite part about producing this track was making the main synth as I used a technique I hadn’t used before, and I think the result has a great impact when it drops.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or remixing someone else rather than working on your own?

I’d say with remixing I approach it with pretty much the same as I would when producing my own work, as I like to make the track have a Dommix footprint on it. With collaborating however, I approach it with the knowledge that the other producer is going to do some elements, so I don’t try to do too much and end up giving the other person little room to leave their own sound on the track.

As you go back into Bingo – did you seek for a new direction for this particular record or you keep building on?

I’d say I’m building on a similar sort of sound with this track, as I’m trying to remain in the sort of ‘Dommix style’, however the synth work and sound design is unlike on any of my previous Bingo releases, which I suppose gives it an aspect of a new direction.

What role does the UK play in your music?

Bass house and Bassline are fast becoming some the most popular dance genres in the UK and there is an abundance of people putting their own unique spin on the sound. I think this constantly pushes me to think about how I can do something new to influence the genre.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

As I mentioned previously the phrase before the drop in Ear Raid emulates what an Air Raid warning message would say, so that was the main inspiration. I actually recorded the vocal myself to avoid having to sample an official one and put lots of processing on it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment, but I’d love to!

What else is happening next in Dommix’s world?

I’ve got a brand new remix out on the 10th may, and a ton of new music ready to get out there. I’ve also got some exciting new projects coming along with some vocalists.

Dommix – Ear Raid EP is out now on Bingo Bass https://fanlink.to/EarRaid 

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