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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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Source: http://www.cpgmag.ca/exclusive-interview-with-domino-grey/

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Most prominent release:

The Butterfly Affect Series

 

You Tube Video playlist for Domino Grey


Website: http://www.dominogrey.com/

 

Blogsite for Domino Grey music

https://dynamicsplus.wordpress.com/category/domino-grey-electronic-music/

 

Fallout Shelter Radio Show Episode 01 AVXP Music Showcase

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Fallout Shelter Radio Show Episode 01 AVXP Music Showcase.

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This is Fallout Shelter Radio where hosts Drew Spence, Griffin Avid, Xodus Phoenix and Domino Grey play anything with a Groove that makes the needle move. From Electronica to Experimental Hip Hop we drop the beats. Guest DJ drop in and mix for you. Show airs first on IndieRock.fm Friday Nights 8 -10 PM (EST). This is the one of the podcast archives.Episode 01 Playlist Follows

Domino Grey: Last Night, Night Zone, Let My Spirit Run Free, London Ferry, Enter The Slots, Desiree Desire, Stirrer’s Pot, Melody Diagnosis, MY Heart never Skips a Beat [Dynamics Plus Remix]
Domino Grey: Faint Murmurings and Light Musings.
Dynamics Plus: Lonely Angel Remix
Nae B and Shea the Doll: Why Can’t We Fall in Love, Baby Please, Askin Me For.
Shea the Doll: I Aint Mad At You.
Fallout Shelter: Food For Thought, Sexy Dress, Kool Intentions

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 interviews Stephanie Kay and Shea Lizette from Back in the Black

September 20, 2011 1 comment

miniStori interviews Stephanie Kay and Shea Lizette from Back in the Black

http://ministori.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/duet%C2%B2/

Duets²

With only a few interviews left in our series covering Back in the Black I thought it keen  to couple the last four vocalist together, especially being that two out of this highly talented group were featured on the lead single together. You’re My Addiction is an insanely up beat break graced by the vocals of Stephanie Kay and Shea “The Doll” Lizette. The arrangement is very fresh with a hook that effortlessly draws you deeper.  Let’s find out more about the women who made this song and others possible ↓

Stephanie Kay (#2 You’re My Addiction and #007 Danger Danger)

ministori: Could you please tell us how you started writing and singing? Was it always in you to perform? We would also like to know a little bit about Concrete kids and any possible connection with your music.

Stephanie Kay: I started singing and writing from a very young age. My mom is a wedding singer and great pianist. I grew up being surrounded in music because of her. My dad was also interested in music but more on the technical side such as recording and studio equipment. Ever since I can remember I put on shows for my family singing and dancing, making up songs as I went to instrumentals. I started writing and recording more seriously when I received Sony Acid from my father for a Christmas present around the age of 12. From there it has grown and spiraled into what it has become today.

Concrete Kids is a just for fun parody group. We’ve only done 3 songs and don’t have any future plans to make more at this time. We just wanted a few laughs, never meant for it to turn into something big or serious.

ministori: Out of all the featured artists, you seem to have the most experience and yet you choose to remain unsigned. What is it about the music industry that has caused you shy away from a full recording package and how have you come this far as an independent singer?

Stephanie Kay: There are many factors that play into my not being signed. The first being my location. Living in Wisconsin doesn’t allow for much opportunity to grow as a serious artist. I have had some air play on local Top 40 radio stations but over all Wisconsin isn’t the best place to be if you’re serious about a music career.

That brings me to the next point, for me music is my passion. As much as I love recording and writing, the time I have to do so is limited. I’m a full time college student and work as well. I always want music to be fun, never work or a chore. That’s why I choose to remain independent and work at my own pace.

 

I’ve been contacted by small label A&Rs from LA before but frankly I wasn’t interested in what they could offer, as well as paying a fee for their “service”.

 I got where I am today by networking and putting my music and acapellas on many different sites. I’ve worked with many talented people solely via Internet. Looperman.com has been a big, BIG help in connecting me with DJs, producers, engineers etc. (in which has made a lot of my songs possible)

ministori: I read in the album notes that your song with Shea, “You’re My Addiction” was almost pulled from the album due to the recent and tragic passing of Amy Winehouse. As a role model, what message do you project to other young women with dreams of making it in music?

Stephanie Kay: My heart goes out to Amy Winehouse and her family. She truly was one talented woman.

For any girls who have a passion for music I say get out there and do your thing, honey! Don’t let anything hold you back. Not everyone is going to like your music, some people will hate it, but it’s the people who love you and your music that make it all worthwhile.

ministori: Who influences you as an artist and why?

Stephanie Kay: I listen to a lot of music and admire the different styles of a lot of artists. A few of the biggest influences to me as an artist are Natalie Horler (of Cascada), Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Rowland. All three ladies are powerhouses vocally and emulate the kind of music and vocal abilities I’d like to see in my own work.

ministori: What’s next for Stephanie Kay? Will you be crossing into other genres? And what is your next project?

Stephanie Kay : Right now college is my first priority. I will continue to do music always, but unfortunately it can’t be the first on my list. My home will always be somewhere in the dance genre but I’d like to try out some R&B and songs with a touch more pop/hip hop to them. I do have a few collaborations coming up with some talented people, but I will keep that a surprise for my fans and followers. :)

Shea “The Doll” Lizette (#2 You’re My Addiction,#3 I Ain’t Mad at You, and #16 You’re just Like a Dream to Me)

ministori: You are the only artists featured with a nickname. What exactly does “the Doll” stand for and how did you come up with that title?

Shea Lizette: “The doll” was a name given to me by my aunt Genevieve who was a beautician. She would pull my hair so tight that my eyes would look “chinky”, and so she would say “you look like a lil china doll”. When she passed away from cancer I kept the name in remembrance. 

ministori: I here you’ve known Domino grey for a long time. What kind of history do the two of you have? Is that interlude [”Shea’s Secret”] a hint about some kind of romantic interest?

Shea Lizette: Well I have known “Domino Grey” for about 10 years. He is actually very responsible for my career, I met him as a young girl and he basically taught me everything I know about music and the industry. So he’s not only “domino grey” to me he is my mentor.

The “Shea’s secret” interlude raises a lot of eyebrows but i have to say that there is no romantic interest. I’m actually trying to inform him that another woman is very interested in him.

ministori: You were one of the few artists to actually be there for the music creation. With your solo record “You’re just like a Dream to Me”, was the music created around your vocals or did you write to the track?

Shea Lizette: It is such a pleasure to work with “Domino Grey” in person. we have a natural chemistry and on this particular record I wrote to the track on the spot and we recorded it right away.

ministori: The ending is very powerful when you sustain that note. What kind of musical background or training do you have?

Shea Lizette: To be honest with you I have not had any formal vocal training. as far as musical background there is church (choir) ,trumpet, and drums.

ministori: You contributed vocals to multiple tracks on the album including two solo features with diametrically opposing sounds. What enables you to create music across several genres? Which one(s) do you like best?

Shea Lizette: I believe I am able to create music across several genres because I love all types of music. My music interests go from experimental to classic and anything in between. I don’t have a favorite genre because they all bring out different emotions within me and I wouldn’t feel complete if I had to choose.  

ministori: When you’re writing, where do you draw your inspiration from?

Shea Lizette: This is a hard one! Well, if I’m writing to a track sometimes the music speaks to me but if I’m just writing it’s probably a thought that triggers it or maybe even a visual experience is another great writing tool.

ministori: You’ve also recorded in many studios and with many camps. What experiences and lessons have you learned and what advice can you give to solo female artists making their way in a male dominated industry?

Shea Lizette: I have learned to always pay attention and stay focused. I have also learned to stay humble but to also maintain a solid opinion. The advice I would give to up and coming female artists would be to always have a plan, goals and deadlines. Make sure you don’t lose yourself along the way.

ministori: Excellent advice indeed. I know I for one am eager to hear more of Shea and Stephanie in the future, perhaps another collaboration is in the works.

READ Part I with Domino Grey

READ Part II with DJ MIKI

READ Part III With Melody Diagnosis player Donna Schwartz

→ To purchase more of Domino Grey’s music check out his iTunes page, thedynamicuniverse, or cdbaby for the physical release. Stay tuned for up coming interviews with the female vocal and musical talent of  the album! ↓

ministori Blog interviews DJ MIKI from Domino Grey’s Back in the Black

September 14, 2011 2 comments

http://ministori.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/dj-miki/

♡ ✖ Beat

Welcome to the second installment in our series of interviews covering Domino Grey’s sophomore effort, Back in the Black. This time around I’m pleased to introduce my readers to Vancouver’s own DJ MIKI (DJ Miki, dj miki . . . Sorry, I’ve seen it depicted quite a few ways) ↓

She’s featured on track 8 “My Heart Never Skips a Beat” which was so well received it spawned its own EP which is already available on CDbaby and iTunes. After checking out her SoundCloud page I was definitely impressed with her numerous features and original compositions (Especially her Progressive House works, check them out!). I’m sure you’ll be equally intrigued after reading this ↓

ministori: Please tell us a little about your musical path and the creative process behind your songs.

DJ MIKI: Before I write my own music, I need to sit down and listen to some of my favorite artists and inspire from them. Nowadays, we all have sources where we inspire from. Sometimes, I even inspire from movies.

When I watch a really moving scene, I think about what kind of melody would suit the scene and I play it in my head. I also need to visualize when I am writing otherwise it doesn’t make sense when it’s all words on paper. My imagination is another source of inspiration when nothing else works. Music is very much like story telling and you always need a source of inspiration to tell a story. This is my thinking process. I have to have a story to tell my audience, otherwise I won’t feel like my music is getting anywhere.

ministori: There have been a myriad of DJ/Producers within the EDM scene, but very few DJ/Vocalist. How has the dynamic of being a DJ/Vocalist affected your song writing process?

DJ MIKI: To be a DJ, you really have to be willing to share your passion for music with the world. There are very few DJs out there who can be really versatile (producing music, who can do vocals, etc). I really wanted to stand out and be very versatile and use my talents. Being a DJ helps with my song writing process because the music I listen to and play in clubs give me inspiration to create music. I really love music that has emotional vibes. Music shouldn’t just make people dance but it should make people feel emotions.

ministori: Your vocals are featured on the song, “My Heart Never Skips a Beat”. Was there something specific going on in your life that caused you to create such an emotive song?

DJ Miki: I want my music to convey real emotions and feelings that my listeners can relate to and that is what I did with this song. This song is about having lost connection with someone I really cared and loved. But the connection was impossible to find due to some circumstances that got in the way. “My heart never skips a beat” is repeated a lot throughout the song, I wanted this line to signify that I haven’t lost hope yet and still wanted to find that connection with the person I was very fond of.

ministori: What else can you tell about DJ MIKI and what are your plans for the near future?

DJ MIKI: My Dj name is actually my nickname. That’s where it originated from. My passion for electronic music started in the late 90′s, and I was (and still is) a huge fan of Kylie Minogue. The musical talent and interest has always been there, as I went to music school when I was

12 years old, and I was playing the keyboard, piano and synth. I also went to dance and acting school for a couple of years, following Bachelors in Fine Arts in Theatre & Film Production at the University of British Columbia.  My plans for the near future are to create my own record label in the future and become a music producer. I really love the idea behind creating, arranging music, and working with a creative and talented team to make a masterpiece.

ministori: All the best with your future aspirations, Miki. Creating a label is huge! Can’t wait to hear where your skill and creativity take you.

→ To purchase more of Domino Grey’s music check out his iTunes page, thedynamicuniverse, or cdbaby for the physical release. Stay tuned for up coming interviews with the female vocal and musical talent of  the album! ↓

READ Part I with Domino Grey

READ Part III With Melody Diagnosis player Donna Schwartz

Back in the Black after-release REMIX EP “My Heart Never Skips a Beat”

September 13, 2011 1 comment

Dynamica Music Presents:

Domino Grey & DJ MIKI

My Heart Never Skips a Beat Remixes for Extended Play

From the album Back in the Black

Artwork for EP featuring talented Singer and Producer DJ MIKI

My Heart Never Skips a Beat Remixes for Extended Play

The hit album Back in the Black is given Extended Play with a remix emergency from Domino Grey. The popular song “My Heart Never Skips a Beat” is addressed by Dr Domino Grey and Dynamics Plus. After the frenetic opening, Domino settles in and focuses on the haunting voice of talented singer and producer – DJ MIKI. Her voice becomes the centerpiece for the first Back in the Black after-mix release.

Two new tracks round out the package. “Faint Murmurings and Light Musings” and “Errors and Eros, Paths and Pathos” are sure to sink you into the blue of a beating, bleating heartbeat.

Available as a direct download from CDbaby and iTunes and at http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

Thank you for supporting Dynamica Music, DJ MIKI and Domino Grey.

http://www.thedynamicuniverse.com/

miniStori Blogsite launches a series on the Domino Grey album Back in the Black

September 12, 2011 2 comments

Domino Grey series on the MiniStori Blogsite  http://ministori.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/grey-days/

There’s a huge series starting with interviews based on the Back in the Black album.

Here we go….

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It isn’t often that we here at ministori are presented with the opportunity to to cover anything of importance. Luckily for myself (and you all) this just happens to be one of those rare occasions. I recently sat down with prolific artist / producer extraordinaire Domino Grey to discuss the new direction of his latest release, Back in the Black

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Domino in his Dominion

ministori:  The new album is a different animal than the first. What changed about you and your music between albums?

Domino Grey: I think the feedback from the first album built up my confidence enough to really reach out and work with different artists. I was able to send everyone the first album [Get it Up, Lay it Down] and say “This is what I want to do with you, are you in?” Every artist needs that thing that makes them grow up. I feel like I’ve grown doing this.

ministori: What caused you to grow?

Domino Grey: The realization that sometimes… the person you are is keeping you from becoming the person you want to be. I have all kinds of ideas. Some of them get put in the box of someday. Someday I’ll be ready or someday the timing will be just right or someday… I wake up and see that instead of waiting for the world to become… perfect, I can change, adapt and grow into the kind of person that can do today what I didn’t think I could do yesterday. Shit, I hope that made sense.

ministori: How did you go about picking artist to collaborate with, I’ve noticed they were all of the female variety?

Domino Grey: Oh I heard some comments. When the album artwork was done, a few people said stuff like “Oh I see how you pick artists.” It just so happens that they are all attractive, but to be honest I didn’t know what anyone besides the singers in my circle looked like until the records made the album. They could have been hideous wildebeests and they still would have been featured. For real. Song – wise, I just went with the stuff that I connected with and then whatever fit the album’s tone.

ministori: So I guess this was just a best case scenario situation, lucky you. Moving on, your brand of EDM seems to be an amalgam of various musical influences. Do you feel that such a mixture of genres will be a help or a hindrance in expressing your vision and creating a following?

Domino Grey: So far my mix has worked out. The reviews are really good and people are saying they like songs based in genres that they don’t usually check for. I feel like I live in a mix and singles world so banking it all on an album is somewhat of an old thought. I mean, I put a lot of thought into the order of the songs as I try to create a sort of journey. But so many people say I made my own playlist of your stuff or my iPod is on shuffle or a DJ will say I’m playing XYZ tracks and any kind of continuity is broken anyway.

I mean, for EVERY style I dabble in, people say “You should just make that from now on.” The trick is going to be- to make enough music so that they are satisfied. That’s why this album jumped in track count. That’s also why I started the Elevator Music series. That gives me the freedom to collect a group of similar tracks without confining and defining the musical direction of my Domino Grey work.

ministori: So what about the features on the album, how do they fit into your world?

Domino Grey: Well, I could spell out their general feelings, but maybe it would be best for them to speak their piece in their own words.

ministori: I like that.

Oh yeah, I’m really happy with this album. Stay tuned in; I’ve got a very fresh remix EP based around the track “My Heart Never Skips a Beat” [DJ MIKI]. It’s really sick. So thanks for checking out my music and thanks for the interview.

→ To purchase more of Domino Grey’s music check out his iTunes page, or cdbaby for the physical release. And definitely stay tuned for up coming interviews with the female vocal and musical talent of  the album! ↓

 

Read Part II with DJ MIKI