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The Best of Domino Grey 2011 FREE TRACKS

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The Best of Domino Grey 2011 FREE TRACKS

Album artwork for The Best of Domino Grey 2011

Free sampler...ready to be sampled.

Bonus track- available for FREE download.

Domino Grey is a child of rhythm- born from the Organic Electronic. The mixture of our Past and Future presents us with a sonic footprint- a quiet moment in time when silence expressed our deepest emotions and music was the only word spoken. These are cascading thoughts falling across a canvass of sound. Use these new colors to illustrate your imagination. Please touch the walls and leave behind the fingerprints as evidence of your existence.

D.O.M.I.N.O. Dance Or Move In Natural Order
G.R.E.Y. Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself

And so AVXP Music/Dynamica Music [My Vanity label] has shut down for 2011. That makes it clear for me to reflect on everything that has happened this year. I keep a huge calendar (a cheap one from Staples) and use it as kind of a loose journal to document what goes on for any given year. I’ll make it a sort of a scrapbook and glue ticket stubs, flyers and even bills in the day’s boxes. I keep a few printouts that have important dates like birthdays (I am very bad with dates) and have a sheet for goals or Resolutions.

It’s my habit to look it over on New Year’s Eve and gauge what percent of my ‘plans’ I’ve accomplished. This has truly been one hell of a year. I’ve spent more than a decade making underground/abstract hip hop and decided to dabble in other genres. I added live musicians to my production(s) and reconnected with my muse; Shea the Doll Lizette. As Domino Grey, I’ve been able to work with some really talented artists like DJ Miki, FarishaMusic, Stephanie Kay, Elina Milan and Donna S. I released a total of six projects including Get it Up, Lay it Down, Back in the Black, the My Heart Never Skips a Beat Remixes, Fallout Shelter, Butterfly Affect Part I and the Falling Planets Soundtrack.

Back in the Black “You’re My Addiction” featuring Stephanie kay and Shea the Doll

Fallout Shelter “Kool Intentions” Produced by Dynamics Plus

Butterfly Affect “We Can Go [Dancing]” Domino Grey

Back in the Black “Melody Diagnosis” Featuring Donna S

My Heart Never Skips a Beat Flat Line Remix Featuring DJ Miki

Lonely Angel – Broken Halo Remix Produced by Dynamics Plus

Most recently, I finished the vocal recording of the Shea the Doll and Nae B FREE mixtape called The Take Over. So I’ve run the gamut from hip hop instrumentals, R&B joints to dance music – all in one year. Wow. I’m only hoping next year can run like this year and the Mayan calendar doesn’t run out just when I’m at my most productive.

A big thanks to everyone that supports my music and also my inner circle who keeps me on my toes when it comes to making the best music that I can. Blog sites like I Can’t Call it and ministori for the reviews. In 2012, I expect to finish a full Lenzmen album, more Dynamics Plus, Doctor Atomics and a few new characters will get their shine. What else? I guess that’s it. We’re early with the wrap up, but since everyone is already flipping for the holidays; let’ go in.

Oh snaps, I almost forgot. I got a free sampler, I’m running around with. It’s got all the singles from the albums of 2011. Hmm, if you want a download let me know what’s good. Crack at the kid on FaceBook.

Peace, love and Productivity from [Everything at] AVXP Music.

Domino Grey 2011

ministori blogsite interviews Elina Milan and FarishaMusic from Back in the Black

September 26, 2011 1 comment

http://ministori.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/moar-duets%C2%B2/

Moar Duets²

Unfortunately this will be the final session of interviews covering the latest Domino Grey project, Back in the Black. Again we have two multi – talented features from the album, this time, Elina Milan and Farisha Haque. They do a splendid job infusing a blast of pop into the LP, Farisha also masterfully displays the integrity of her voice on the ballad inspired track, “Take Me Home”.

Elina Milan (#17 “It’s Time for You to Go”)

ministori: How did you first get involved in music and who are some of your influences?

Elina Milan: Well, let’s back to basics. Having come from a musical family, I had always felt a special connection with the world of music from an early age. It became just a part of me. If you asked me to tell about my childhood, I would say that the most important things for me were [toys?] (Laughter) no, not toys; it was a tape recorder, microphone, and a huge collection of cassettes. But I had been just a listener for a long time before I realized one thing – “I want to make my own music…but where to start from?” Having bought a synthesizer, I started writing lyrics and simple melodies. Ok, I tried to write). That was not so easy. Actually, it took me a few years to learn the basics. At the time I was inspired by the songs of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Also, I used to listen to a lot of dance tracks. Later, in 2007 my friend game me a CD with a mix from one of the world’s biggest music festivals – Trance Energy. Gosh, it just rocked my world) Trance settled in my heart forever. These days my biggest influence is Armin van Buuren. I admire him as an artist and person; he is for sure my number one dream collaborator.

ministori: I see you are from Almaty, Kazakhstan. How does that influence your music and what is the music scene like over there?

Elina Milan: I was born and raised in the southern capital of Kazakhstan – Almaty. But in general, it doesn’t affect the formation of my musical interests at all. I always knew that foreign music has a greater impact on me. As for Kazakhstan’s show business, it’s still at the stage of development. Our Top Hits are still not strong enough to become “the real” Hits. But the situation is slowly changing and I know some producers who write amazing tracks. So, I think music here still needs a few more years to reach the desired level.

ministori: Your vocals on this track are performed in English, how many languages do you speak and do you write and sing in each?

Elina Milan: Living in a multicultural country, you get used to the perception of different languages. So, I speak Russian and English. Also I know the basics of Kazakh, but does it count? )) As for singing and writing lyrics, I prefer English.

ministori: You’re featured on the closing track “It’s Time for You to Go”. Is that a personal statement and can you tell how that song idea came about?

Elina Milan: Yep, I got a story to tell: I was  at home watching MTV, and there was one cool video on there. I jumped up and started dancing, following the movements of those hip hop guys from the vid. And right after this, the ideas for my song came instantly, line by line. All that I needed to do is to take a pen and write down them. The song basically wrote itself when I heard that beat. This may seem rather weird, but the inspiration for writing does not depend on my mood. New ideas come unexpectedly:  at home, in a car, on the street… whatever, it doesn’t depend on time or place and every single moment of this life can inspire me.

ministori: Many international artists have made attempts to break into the American music industry, some with success and others without. being multilingual do you intend on making a push into this market?

Elina Milan: Ohh, I think every musician has this “American Dream”. No doubt, there are more opportunities to get noticed and grow professionally in the States rather than in Kazakhstan (for example). I also have my dreams and plans, but for now it’s too early for me to think about such a high level. I am very demanding of myself. Still there are so many things I have to learn. It’s just a matter of time. Ask me this question when I become a Pro.

ministori: Have you ever been stateside and what do you think of American (pop) music (e.g. Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Lady Gaga?

Elina Milan: I’ve never been to the U.S, but it’s in my plans for the next 3 years. One of my strongest desires is to visit the “City of Angels” or simply Los Angeles). There are a lot of interesting things to see in LA!  Well, now, talking about Pop culture I’m gonna touch on the philosophical aspect. What can I say? American pop music has long moved beyond just music, becoming a huge and very influential industry. Nowadays, every popular musician is a profitable brand and a long-term project. Because for a modern listener, just to sing and dance is already not enough. The requirements for artists are much higher than before. Their fans want Top Hits, grand shows, private photos taken by paparazzi, breaking news and daily updates…and they want to get this info directly from the celebrities (Twitter rules)). There was a time for Britney Spears, now it’s time for Lady Gaga, which currently inspires a lot of pop musicians! And when they dress and try to act like her, I call it the “Lady Gaga style”. She was the first who understood how it all works- without changing her own principles and staying honest to all her fans.  Gaga knows well how to shock, amaze and sustain public interest. So, the World of Music changes fast, and we don’t know what happens next…but being a part of this process let’s us see what surprises our tomorrow brings : )

FarishaMusic (#01 “Put Your Headphones On” and #11 “Take Me Home”)

ministori: As a multi – talent, do you find the ability to write musicals and sketches helps you with writing song lyrics?

Farisha Haque: Yes I do. Having the freedom to work on different kinds of musical acts gives me access to a range of emotions and ideas. There are no limits or standards in these types of acts, which gives me the privilege to try and access a whole different perspective of music. It gives me the ability to try every genre, allowing me to interpret myself into different styles of writing.   

ministori: You’ve also done fine without music or using your own harmonies as back up. Have you ever considered releasing a project without any instrumentation?

Farisha Haque: I have considered it, I think it would be a great idea and project to do. I think if the opportunity did present itself, I would definitely do it. The joy of writing a capellas is that there are multiple ways for the vocals to be mixed. I enjoy seeing what other artists can make with my vocals, interpreting them into their own style and form. 

ministori: The Domino Grey album features a short track entitled “Take Me Home” in which you provide the vocals for. Does this song have any basis in your ethnicity  ?

Farisha Haque: Home is an important thing for everyone. It is a sense of belonging, and I think ethnicity is an important part of that. Knowing where you come from gives one a great sense of pride which I think everyone should be able to experience. Being Bengali myself, gives me great joy to know that I am rooted from such a rich culture. 

ministori: How has your early life influenced your musical directions?

Farisha Haque: From the beginning, I have been surrounded by foreign music which has had a substantial influence on me. Personally I think by listening to Indian and Bengali artists, more so influencing my riffing abilities than artist like Christina Aguilera. It gave me the ability to learn the strengths that different vocalists have. Being surrounded by different cultures, it has allowed me to take the best from both worlds, and mesh it into one. 

ministori: Many young women seem to have difficulty finding their own definition of self within the industry. What kind of thoughts would you like to give to young woman looking to pursue a career in music?

Farisha Haque: My thoughts would be to take critiques in stride. Instead of letting the critism stop you, let it drive you farther. Many people in the past have told me to settle in one genre, or try and fit into one mold, but that was never what I wanted to do. I had to accept that I wasn’t doing music to please others, but I was doing it for my own self gratification. Being able to try all different sides of music has allowed me to find what I am good at. Understanding what in music makes you happy will further your fulfillment as an artist. Knowing your worth, in my opinion, with make a more successful and gratifying career.

READ Part I with Domino Grey

READ Part II with DJ MIKI

READ Part III With Melody Diagnosis player Donna Schwartz

READ Part IV with Stephanie Kay and Shea Lizette

→ To purchase more of Domino Grey’s music check out his iTunes page, thedynamicuniverse, or cdbaby for the physical release . . . Support Indie labels and music!

Domino Grey album Back in the Black

September 12, 2011 1 comment

Domino Grey

Dance Or Move In Natural Order       Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself

Domino Grey album artwork Back in the Black

Domino Grey is Back in the Black

Domino Grey is a child of rhythm- born from the Organic Electronic. The mixture of our Past and Future presents us with a sonic footprint- a quiet moment in time when silence expressed our deepest emotions and music was the only word spoken. These are cascading thoughts falling across a canvass of sound. Use these new colors to illustrate your imagination. Please touch the walls and leave behind the fingerprints as evidence of your existence.

Domino Grey is Back in the Black, another genre-smashing album featuring the vocal talents of FarishaMusic, Stephanie kay, Shea Lizette, DJ Miki, Elina Milan and instrumental work from Donna Schwartz. It’s a sonic blitz of beats, bumpers and beautiful music from the producer Domino Grey.

 

 

Back in the Black track listing

01 Put Your Headphones On 90 bpms (FarishaMusic)

02 You’re My Addiction 120 Bpms (Stephanie Kay and Shea Lizette)

03 I Aint Mad at You 90 Bpms (Shea The Doll Lizette)

04 Studio Outtake: She has a Blurry Focus

05 London Ferry 130 bpms

06 Desiree Desire 125 bpms

007 Danger Danger 120 bpms (Stephanie Kay)

08 My Heart Never Skips a Beat 120 bpms (DJ Miki)

09 Winding Down With You 91 Bpms

10 Studio Outtake 02 Shea’s Secret

11 Take Me Home 120 bpms (FarishaMusic)

12 Love Song for Freedom 130 bpms

13 Enter the Slots 127 Bpms (Winning on the Floor- Twice in One Night)

14 Melody Diagnosis 134 Bpms (Brass -Donna Schwartz)

15 Stirrer’s Pot 120 Bpms

16 You’re just Like a Dream to Me 116 Bpms (feat Shea The Doll Lizette)

17 It’s Time for You to Go 101 Bpms (Elina Milan) + Studio Outtake 03

Inside CD booklet artwork

Some of the beautiful talent featured on Back in the Black

Domino music is inspired by love and lost, remembrance, rhythm and redemption. Behind your sad eyes lies the power to change the world. Keep on dancing and singing. Art is the release valve of the soul.

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

Also available on iTunes

Domino Grey Back in the Black Q&A: I Can’t Call It- calls it

September 1, 2011 1 comment

http://icantcallit.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/1020/

I did a Q&A about the new album Back in the Black

You can preview all the tracks on CDbaby or iTunes so you can hear it for yourself.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dominogrey3

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-in-the-black/id457903033

Domino Grey-Back In Black

“Why ruin a good thing??” Many can say that whenever a popular artist of a particular genre ventures out of his comfort zone into uncharted territories. Many feel an abandonment, or sense of “selling out”, while others feel a plague of “another person joining the herd”. Is experimentation a bad thing?? Is testing new art forms for the sense of self-expression a great thing?? True creativity should be limitless, and not be restricted. However, I feel an artist should not lose his or her entire “core” audience for the sake of gaining new admiration. An artist should let his or her audience grow with them as they grow and explore this new creative realm within themselves. Some artist truly want self-fulfillment and don’t care what the audience thinks (which in itself, can be more endearing than those who go out-of-the-way to please all). I recently heard a great quote from Lenzmen emcee and super-producer Dynamics Plus, who said: “Once my music is out to the public, it is opened to be judged. If they like it or hate it, there’s nothing  I can do about it.” Domino Grey’s album “Back In Black” is his journey, his artistic exploration to find out how far he can push his talents. He is ready for the repercussions, the backlash. All to test his creative limitations. “Why restrict a good thing??”

I’ve called you “The Quincy Jones of Underground Hip-Hop”. Was there any pressure following up such an experimental album, Get It Up, Lay It Down???

I remember you saying that. I thought you must be needing tracks for your next project. Nice words, but certainly undeserved. Um pressure? No, not really. I mean, I don’t struggle with making music anymore. It’s not always easy getting what you hear in your head recorded, but this is my sound so of course I can be consistent with my output.

How would you compare this album with your last efforts???

More musical. The first album said “Dynamics Plus presents Domino Grey”. That tells you about how important the underlying beats were. Back in the Black says “Drew Spence presents” which speaks to the production elements surrounding the songs themselves.

 What were the influences you channeled (if any) for this record???

To follow the same idea, it was the feedback from the first album that set the tone for the second. Listeners wanted more songs. Check. They wanted more traditional arrangements. Gotcha. I personally felt like Get it Up was a collection of songs and their collective vibe told you what Domino Grey was about.

Back in the Black does that too, but I put the studio outtakes to hint at the back story that goes on while these songs are made. My experiences dictate what songs I create and choose to release so the album should give hints about the me behind the music.

Do you feel this album can infiltrate the current electronic scene???

I dunno. A lot of DJs have the record so I expect a lot more exposure for this album and the label is also doing more to promote it. I think it’s a little too early for me to really be worried about a scene anyway. I just want as many people as possible to enjoy what I’m doing. And since I tend to incorporate so many different styles in my music, it would be pretty hard to categorize what I do. I think that would be another problem with establishing my sound in a particular sub-genre.

They say “lightning rarely strikes twice” in the music world. Seeing that your first album was the world’s introduction to Domino Grey, what can be said about this record???

I’d say now that you met me, let’s have a conversation. This album features some very talented artists and in a way it’s become more about them than me. So listen in.

 Final thoughts to any hip-hop artist who’s afraid to expand outside of their musical realm???

Um…don’t do it. Seriously. There isn’t a genre that’s short on musicians or artists. EDM doesn’t need Domino Grey. I am injecting myself with the full confidence that people will enjoy my music.  I’m serious about my music. I see dudes claiming they can make this and that and do multiple styles or genres. Their music isn’t inspired; it’s just going through the motions and adding the signature elements that define those genres. What’s the point of doing what’s already being done? My advice is to stick with music you believe in.

What’s next for Domino Grey?

More music. I am involved in another project called Elevator Music. It’s Drew Spence and Xodus Phoenix from Producer’s Edge and Dynamics Plus. It’s a bunch of us making instrumental music together under the name fallout Shelter. I’ll be sure to hit you with that when it’s ready. Hey, thanks for the ear.

You can preview all the tracks on CDbaby or iTunes so you can hear it for yourself.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dominogrey3

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-in-the-black/id457903033

Domino Grey Back in the Black

August 18, 2011 2 comments

Domino Grey

Dance Or Move In Natural Order       Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself

Domino Grey is a child of rhythm- born from the Organic Electronic. The mixture of our Past and Future presents us with a sonic footprint- a quiet moment in time when silence expressed our deepest emotions and music was the only word spoken. These are cascading thoughts falling across a canvass of sound. Use these new colors to illustrate your imagination. Please touch the walls and leave behind the fingerprints as evidence of your existence.

Domino Grey album cover Back in the Black

Domino Grey Back in the Black

Domino Grey is Back in the Black, another genre-smashing album featuring the vocal talents of FarishaMusic, Stephanie kay, Shea Lizette, DJ Miki, Elina Milan and instrumental work from Donna Schwartz. It’s a sonic blitz of beats, bumpers and beautiful music from the producer Domino Grey.

featured talent Domino Grey Back in the Black


 Back in the Black track listing

01 Put Your Headphones On 90 bpms (FarishaMusic)

02 You’re My Addiction 120 Bpms (Stephanie Kay and Shea Lizette)

03 I Aint Mad at You 90 Bpms (Shea The Doll Lizette)

04 Studio Outtake: She has a Blurry Focus

05 London Ferry 130 bpms

06 Desiree Desire 125 bpms

007 Danger Danger 120 bpms (Stephanie Kay)

08 My Heart Never Skips a Beat 120 bpms (DJ Miki)

09 Winding Down With You 91 Bpms

10 Studio Outtake 02 Shea’s Secret

11 Take Me Home 120 bpms (FarishaMusic)

12 Love Song for Freedom 130 bpms

13 Enter the Slots 127 Bpms (Winning on the Floor- Twice in One Night)

14 Melody Diagnosis 134 Bpms (Brass -Donna Schwartz)

15 Stirrer’s Pot 120 Bpms

16 You’re just Like a Dream to Me 116 Bpms (feat Shea The Doll Lizette)

17 It’s Time for You to Go 101 Bpms (Elina Milan) + Studio Outtake 03

Domino music is inspired by love and lost, remembrance, rhythm and redemption. Behind your sad eyes lies the power to change the world. Keep on dancing and singing. Art is the release valve of the soul.

 

Available at iTunes from Dynamica Music