Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominic “wavlngth.” Gangcuangco.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m from West Covina, CA. Growing up, I was surrounded by music very subliminally. Neither one of my parents were musicians, but both of my sisters were somewhat involved with music at one point in their lives. Me being the youngest of the family, I was heavily influenced by everything and anything my sisters did. Whether it was the playlists they used to curate on burned CD’s for long road trips, or going to all of my sister’s choir shows in high school… good music has always been around in my life. My dad is also a huge music head. I’ll never forget waking up early on a Sunday morning and hearing my dad clean the house while blasting all of his favorite tunes. I eventually found myself falling in love with all the music I was exposed to.
In 2005, my cousin Don passed away in a tragic car accident at only 18 years old. He was such an inspiration to me. The way he carried himself, he was loved by everyone, and he had a cool ass car. While watching all of his memorial videos, I saw that he used to play the saxophone and I immediately wanted to play. His mom actually ended up giving me his old saxophone and I began taking lessons in 4th or 5th grade. I picked it up so quick and almost instantly I was reading sheet music and serenading my entire family at all the parties.
Shortly after, I decided to take my talents to the hardwood and played basketball up until my senior year of high school. In between all of this, reality started to hit at a pivotal moment in my life. My parents split up, my grandpa passed away, and I started to care less about school. It was a really tough time for a 13-year-old kid in middle school. The one thing that comforted me through it all was MUSIC. At this time, I was discovering new artists to listen to while also digging into the golden age of Hip Hop and even the early 2000’s era. Not only did this music SOUND cool, but it made me FEEL good. Even in the toughest and darkest days, I had an album that would get me through. Music has saved my life numerous times, and now, I want to be able to give that back to people who listen to my music.
Here’s how things really started. In my senior year of high school, I had just completed my final season of basketball winning damn near zero games. Three years on varsity, career over, almost time to graduate. We still had to attend 7th period for study hall, but my coach at the time was pretty strict. It’s high school. Kids want to drink, kids also want to smoke, kids want to party. I was a kid if you catch my drift. So, the season is over, and for some reason, my coach wants to track me down at some party. Literally… I was hiding from him, had to leave the party and everything. Long story short, in following days he kicked me out of 7th period and I was no longer a part of the team (after season ended). I was actually pretty upset and felt like my coaches and some of my friends didn’t believe I’d amount to anything.
All of this fueled me to begin making music and expressing my emotions through poetry and songwriting. Me and my friends would mess around and freestyle to instrumentals in the garage all day. Sure enough, there was a diss track to the coaches and a bunch of horrible songs on our SoundCloud, LOL. Over time, my best friend AB and I continued to write and stick to making music.. not because it was cool or to make senseless music, but because it was a hobby and we loved to create. Later that year in 2015, I told myself that I’d start making beats… so I invested some money into a Maschine Studio beat pad and from there it was a wrap. Four years and a couple of EP’s later, I’m still here creating and I can’t be any happier to be in the position that I’m in.
Please tell us about your music.
I CREATE. I am an artist and I produce vibrations. I dig for vinyl all day, whether it’s online or at a record store, and chop up samples to recreate an entirely new piece of music. Right now, I’m currently producing on a Maschine MK3 while using the Machine software. I feel like inspiring others is my purpose and the way I’m supposed to fulfill that is through my music. The message I’m trying to convey with my art is to move with love and spread positivity with your people. Seeing the healing properties that music has on people is what truly inspires me to create and share my work with others. The one thing I hope that people take from my art would be this: You are capable of doing anything you put your mind to. There’s no right or wrong way to live this life. Find your purpose and be what YOU want to be; not what someone else (family, friends, teachers, strangers, etc.) wants you to. Something that I want people to know about my art is that I’m very passionate about my work and I pour my heart and soul into anything I do. I create for myself and not for the approval of others, but if people enjoy my work, it just makes being an artist 10x better.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe that artists have always been the most influential people on the planet. The role of the artist is to create and inspire others. I feel like the role hasn’t changed, but it’s become a much bigger responsibility now that everyone from kids to adults look up to us. Especially with music. When you become an inspiration to all these people, your work is a reflection of who you are and what you represent. With all the events going on in the world today, it affects my art in many different ways. I want to make a difference and I would love to be a part of this movement by creating and sharing my passion with the world.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can download/purchase some of my music on Apple Music, Spotify, and all streaming platforms under “Wavlngth.” or you can stream almost my entire discography via Soundcloud. Stay up to date with me via Instagram (@DomItsDope) for any shows, releases, etc. Show your support by downloading or purchasing my music, or simply drop a comment on any of my posts on IG and sharing my work with your friends and family. I am also working on an album produced by myself and written by my brother AB titled “Peach Mimosas” def to release February 2020. Also expect to see a single off the album releasing on my birthday, December 18th. Your love and support is very much appreciated and is what keeps me going.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/domitsdope?igshid=rv03hq59d0hy
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/prodbywavlngth
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