Dominique on how she couldn't give up on music

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NAME

Dominique

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Musician

FAVOURITE BAND?

Vulfpeck

FAVOURITE SONG?

1612

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY? 

Amy Winehouse. Because she wrote beautiful music. I love her warm, unique vocals and she knew how to party.

IS THIS WHAT YOU ALWAYS DREAM OF?

Performing in front of crowds and sharing my passion? Yes. Ever since I was a 3 y/o and half asleep in the middle of the day singing 'I believe I can fly' I have always wanted to play music and sing.

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

I had a manager and publisher for four years and thought that's what was going to get me places and make shit happen. When I realised I wasn't getting anywhere with them it was a daunting decision to leave them and try solely managing and promoting myself. Early 2017 I had a really negative outlook on my career. I sat there and thought how am I going to do this? There are so many musicians wanting the same thing as me. How can I get myself out there and recognised? That was a real low for me because I'd never had so much doubt in myself. I even looked at studying something other than music but my family have been so supportive and keep telling me to punch on because they know how much I love it. For me, even deciding what genre or style I want to be recognised for has probably been one of the hardest decisions in music I've had to make as well. I love all styles and have had my waves of wanting to be a folk muso, blues muso, jazz muso etc.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TO NEXT?

I've always been drawn to Europe. Friends and family have always said I'd have a ball playing there. I just want to play festivals and big shows with a big band behind me and have some serious fun.

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

With a combination of anxiety, a joint, a bit of reassurance and TLC from family and friends and I end up making what I believe is the right decision and the best learning experience.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC

When it comes to my music, I'm always motivated. I save up and invest in myself and my projects. I'm very social and I've found most of my work has come from word of mouth. I'm very approachable and I think it has made it easier for me to make great connections with people within the industry.

DO YOU HAVE A GIRL GANG? WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM?

My girlfriends are all from different walks off life so I wouldn't say it's a girl gang but they all have passions, are bubbly and support me and what I do. We're all very similar but so damn different as well which makes it fun.

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC? 

Being able to electrify the women around you. Being confident and humble at the same time. Having drive, passion, motivation and knowing how to have a good time.

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

Yes. Just when you feel like you're suddenly getting more momentum and appreciation and then it just kind of plateaus. I've definitely gone through some pretty negative waves of doubt when you feel like you don't know what your next move should be.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP?

When your career feels stagnant. You don't know how to promote yourself more effectively on social media etc and releasing videos or promo doesn't get the response you expect. This is where I think doing some IT course would've been a good idea!

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

My mum because she's honest and caring, my cousin emily because she's a sassy bitch and speaks her mind and Emma Watson.

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

You won't always feel motivated but if it's what you love and it's all you see yourself doing, you'll make it work. Surround yourself with other musicians that are passionate and love what they do and it will always give you the little push you need to keep you going.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID? HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

I've always been social and confident. But when I was little though I was just annoying. I've seen the footage.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

I've always been very observant. Which is why I don't think I enjoyed school much. I conformed like most kids in high school because if you don't fit in, it's a pretty rough 6 years. Don't get me wrong, I still loved the social side of things and music obviously, but I couldn't be bothered with the school hierarchy so sometimes it was easier hanging out with the guys or just hanging in the music room. By year 12 I was much more sure of myself and wasn't caring as much but year 7-9 was tough.

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