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CPG interview with Domino Grey 2015

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Canadian Producers Group

Exclusive Interview with Domino Grey

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O Canada! Domino Grey on deck.

Domino Grey is an Electronic Music producer from New York. His influences range from Hip Hop to Deep House. He is part of a group that releases instrumental music under the name Fallout Shelter.

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Domino in his Dominion

You’ve been producing for quite some time now. What’s it like being an old school producer in this new day and age?

I mostly grew up listening to House and the most popular dance records so the music I create has a wide range of influences. It’s a split of genres now. Making house music isn’t really based on being old school, it’s just one of my favorite sounds. I like big room and electro elements, but they don’t speak to me enough to create a work that fits squarely in those lanes. There’s an acceptance behind making what fits your ear and letting go of what’s trendy for profit’s sake. I think it’s great to have your hand on a pulse, but I am most comfortable creating from my ear and taste then with pure technical skills.

How did you first get into music production? 

Recording at other studios and always feeling rushed…trying so hard to maximize the time. It’s a creative-killer so I started building my own studio so I could create whenever I wanted to- in whatever zone I needed to be in.

When was your first big break as an electronic music producer? 

I wouldn’t even say I’ve had my big break yet. My break-though came when I decided to switch from beatz to instrumentals and then to something groovy and danceable. I was experimenting and working towards something. While sitting at a train station, I was cranking my latest mix and the kids started dancing. I knew then that I was on the right path.

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Domino Grey

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Most prominent release:

The Butterfly Affect Series

 

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Domino Grey Video Move Your Feet

October 20, 2013 1 comment

Move Your Feet – video from Domino Grey

From the Domino Grey Butterfly Affect Series Part III – I of the Beholder comes the video for “Move Your Feet”. She catches his eye and imagination leads him to behold a beautiful future. Songs available wherever fine music is sold.

I made a short piece talking a bit about the video. Thanks to DJ Sam Duren, Tyrell C, Venice Clark, Sherrika and everyone else that helped make this video possible. Here’s some more on the release …

… and a photo gallery from the dance studio session.

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Check out more info about the EP this song is from…..

With ‘Boxing The Girl’, Domino Grey reaches the end of his Butterfly Affect Series – interview on Soundlooks

October 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Soundlooks interview with Domino Grey

Domino Grey

It Feels Right to end the Butterfly Affect Series

With the release of his latest E.P. Boxing The Girl, Domino Grey reaches the end of his Butterfly Affect Series.

This arc of music includes instrumentals that swing from pure listening vibes to house-inspired party tracks. We sit down with this electronic artist and pick his brain over the latest releases.

Where did the obsession with butterflies come from and what does it all mean?

I wouldn’t say obsessed. It’s just the overall umbrella idea that I had everything fall under. Butterfly into caterpillar- everyone gets that. People changing over time…deciding to see yourself as you are and not through the eyes of others… The affect instead of effect, because I’m talking about how these thoughts influence our self-image and self-esteem. If you think you’re a caterpillar, you will crawl instead of fly.

 But the goal is to make dance music, isn’t it? To be a part of that scene…

Well yes and many find it strange that I’d try to inject meanings and metaphors into music where- making them move is the main motive. But not every song is weighed down in deep thought or me trying to impart some kind of message. Sometimes it’s just in the liner notes. Sometimes it’s just one track and the rest are straight cuts. I party too.

The big idea for Boxing The Girl is a long, rambling message from a girl in a bit of trouble. What’s the story behind that?

I always pull my song ideas from real-life events. Usually I clean them up and make them universal enough so that everyone can relate without exposing anyone too much. We have all gotten or left an embarrassing or somewhat compromising series of messages. It’s just that no one usually saves them and slaps them on top of some music.

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New Music video: Domino Grey “It Feels Right”

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Domino Grey “It Feels Right”

From the Domino Grey Butterfly Affect Series Part V Boxing The Girl comes the video for “It Feels Right”. This is a concept that combines live footage, show performances and in-studio clips to create a grayed-out vibe. Get active.

She is locked in a relationship. The key is to understand a true friendship. Domino Grey presents the Butterfly Affect Series Part V: Boxing the Girl. Open the door and decide what happens next.

Boxing The Girl album cover

Open the Box and free yourself.

Track listing

1. It Feels Right

2. Cascading Drains

3. Meandering Message

4. Smoothing it Over

5. Repast Recent Past for Bridget

6. Justice Will Open the Door

Available on Amazon.com, iTunes, Beatport and wherever fine digital music is sold. http://www.DominoGrey.com

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Technical Tests and Getting it Back Up – Domino Grey @ The Trash bar August 2013

August 25, 2013 2 comments

 Technical Tests and Getting it Back Up

 Domino Grey @ The Trash Bar, Brooklyn NY August 19th 2013

Domino Grey at The Trash bar

Domino Does Despite…

And so, I was invited by Lev to join the line up at The Trash bar in Brooklyn New York. I performed there before and had a real good time. The last show’s set up was based on two iPads running IK Multimedia’s DJ Rig combined with their iRig MIX as the soundcard, connected to the house system.

IK Multimedia DJ Rig

iPads pad the set up.

Before that, I used a NI’s Traktor Kontrol S2, but never played out with it. I wanted to do more of a live performance showcase and steer away from a traditional DJ set up. My current rig is a touchscreen running Traktor 2.6 combined with The Z1 mixer, F1 and X1 controllers.

Lenovo touchscreen and Native Instruments Kontrollers

Touching set up

After watching Lev, Gem Uriah Star and Born Wreckless perform, I started to set up. No Power! The USB hub (that connects everything!) burned out on stage. Now what? I actually have doubles and redundancy for every part of the show and I keep every kind of adapter and spare bit you can imagine- I even have several versions of the show in case I run into some kind of software–related issue. But this was totally unexpected. The soundman Kam used testers and discovered the hub had melted. Real tight moment. I mean, those controllers are 95% of my show. To his credit, DJ SpacelyRockit [@SpacelyRockit] did tell me to bring an ENTIRE secondary set-up just in case. Well this show was a little more important than most because I was having clips filmed to be used in upcoming videos. Even so, I figured that was paranoid thinking. Ouch. I had two choices; A) Pack up and go home and maybe figure there’s some kind of meaning in this disaster and just prepare better next time or B) Do a scaled down show and stick to blending records and a traditional playlist-driven DJ work. I chose B and see it as the right decision to make, now that I’m looking back.

I ended up performing and started with a traditional DJ set; playing a bunch of my releases and a lot of songs from the recent Butterfly Affects series. For the live work, I ended up running off the tablet’s battery and only using the Z1 mixer. I brought a wireless mouse and keyboard as a worse-case-scenario in case the touchscreen failed and ended up using them to pull off a good portion of my live routine. The crowd enjoyed it and I secured future bookings. All in all, it was a good night and I learned another valuable lesson. A few people said they would have packed up and gone home, but that’s simply not an option. I likened this experience to a boxer getting knocked down for the first time. It’s good for me to know that I can get it back up. Thanks to everyone that came out and supported me.

– Domino Grey

One of the tracks I played from the Butterfly Affect Series Part III: I of the Beholder “Nothing is the Same Without You”

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Images from the night

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Domino Grey Butterfly Affect Part III I of the Beholder

July 26, 2013 1 comment

Domino Grey I of The Beholder

Butterfly Affect Part III

Butterfly Affect III cover

Sometimes it’s What you see. Sometimes it’s How you see.

Domino Grey “Move Your Feet”

You all came here today to be different, to do different. You all understood a change was coming. You were about to blossom, you were about to become a better you. That little insect crawls out on that branch and he wraps himself up and he waits. And then it happens. We are the same way. Domino Grey adds to the Butterfly Affect series with I of the Beholder. After you Jump Up and Move Your Feet, calm down and reflect with these infectious and futuristic house grooves.   2013 Avxp Music

Track listing

1. Move Your Feet

2. Jump Up

3. I am The Beholder

4. Nothing is the same without you

5. New World

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Beatport Link: http://www.beatport.com/release/i-of-the-beholder/1127942

iTunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/__/id678281249

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Jamsphere.com reviews Domino Grey Butterfly Affect II: Pretty Imposter

DOMINO GREY: “Butterfly Affect II Pretty Imposter”

Creative Nourishment For The Mind!

Source: http://jamsphere.com/reviews/domino-grey-butterfly-affect-ii-pretty-imposter-creative-nourishment-for-the-mind

Domino Grey Pretty Imposter

She posed as someone else to look like herself

Whether you find yourself rocking to and fro in your favorite armchair on a mind trip, or grooving enthusiastically across the club floor, this Ep acts as a really nice soundtrack. Atmospheric and spacey, Domino Grey illustrates his profound grasp of Electronic Music, proving he is able, to incorporate exquisite beat pulses and sounds into his intelligent motifs.

D.O.M.I.N.O. Dance Or Move In Natural Order G.R.E.Y. Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself. In two simple words DOMINO GREY. Domino Grey is an Electronic Music producer from New York. His influences range from HipHop to Deep House. He is part of a group that releases instrumental music under the name Fallout Shelter and producing records as Drew Spence and Dynamics Plus. His newest project is contributing to the soundtrack of the Mark of the Griffin web series and comic book. It’s about a regular guy turned into a vigilante-like superhero that’s not so super. After creating the video, Domino adds his music as the final signature.

I’ve been performing, producing and writing about music for almost 30 years now. Back in the old days I hustled my way around the major labels, while today I have chosen to work in the grinding indie music market. Throughout all this time I have come to distinguish two types of music artists. There’s the genuine musician who simply creates music he feels, and let’s everyone else put their own personal label to it. All he cares about is the music. Then there is your ‘hope to make it big’, hype-and-image variety of artist, who is so unsure about what everyone else will call what his doing, that he labels himself. Just in case everyone else gets it wrong (?)!

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I know who’s making music worth listening to, before I even hear a single note, just by listening to, or reading how artists introduce themselves. A few days ago a kid approached me and asked: “Hey, I’d like you to review my music, I’m a Deep Soulful House artist, do you think you know this music well enough, to handle it?” My answer was, what it has always been for the last 30 years, and taken from a phrase I heard somewhere as a kid. “Unfortunately I only know two types of music. Good and Bad. If you fall into one of those genres, send your music along!” Needless to say, the kid was flabbergasted, and it took him a while to understand.

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