Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique.
Dominique, before we jump into specific questions about your music, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up with parents who absolutely love music. My mom had her solid favs (Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Logins, Simon and Garfunkel) and my dad was a songwriter in his youth and later a successful music publisher. I was drawn to music for as long as I can remember but spent the majority of my youth playing soccer and volleyball between studying my butt off. It wasn’t until college (UC Berkeley) that I really started to explore the music industry through different internships at labels during summer breaks. I thought working for a label was where I belonged. Post-college I started a job as the Music Coordinator for The Voice and that’s where things really started to change for me. I met so many incredible musicians, artists, and writers and slowly inched my way into that scene on the opposite side of the desk. I sort of found my way into sessions andhaven’t stopped since. About a year into songwriting I got a feature with LDN Noise in the UK while I was over there writing with my best friend who is also an amazing artists Mali-Koa, and then received another feature with James Maslow from Big Time Rush. That kind of propelled me into the artist world. The features really gave me the confidence to release my own music and later put out “Convince You” which is such a pop banger. Now I have roughly 10 songs out and have more to come.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing’s really been smooth, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life has thrown me some major curve balls, but its taught me how to be resilient and I’m grateful for some of those challenges because I think it’s made me a better artist, writer, and person.
Please tell us about your music.
My songs are all bits of my story. My music is majority pop, but has some country, indie, and folk influences. I’m a sucker for good storytelling in songs. I definitely find my music to have a nostalgic element to it, especially in my songs “Simple Life”“Homesick” and “This Guy” — I went through the hardest break up of my life and finally was able to write about it. It takes me longer to process my emotions before I can write about them. I also love to write songs that you can dance to in your room or blast in your car like “Convince You”and “Since I Met You” – I want show all sides – fun & sad.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Loads of people to give credit to. I’m extremely lucky to have incredible mentors in my life – willing to share copious amounts of intel about life and this crazy industry. My dad, Jim Vellutato, is an absolute legend. My mom – because she is the strongest human I know and taught me how to be kind, diligent, to expect nothing and work for everything…and how to be a strong ass woman. Clyde Lieberman is a big mentor of mine. He has the most astonishing life and crazy experiences in this industry. He’s someone I trust and know will always give me the best answer to any question I have and help me in any way he can. Neil Dana was my previous boss at GoPro. I worked as the music marketing specialist for him for a couple years. His love for music is infectious and he really pushed me to go for it and believe in myself. While I was working there, we got to explore a different side of the industry. How artists collaborate with tech companies. It was incredible insight and I learned so much. Then of course, my best friends. I’m lucky to have the most incredible friends who are always so supportive and I couldn’t do this without them. Gena Milanesi, Mali-Koa, Bridgett Miller, Matt Deautchman and my wonderful brother Michael Vellutato. They’ve been through the thick of it with me and come to every show I have.. front row, dancing and maybe a little crying. I love them so much. And, if this list isn’t long enough, my incredible co-writers. I wont listen them all because there are too many, but I’m so lucky to work with some insanely talented writers and producers.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsdominique/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsdominiquemusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsdominique?lang=en
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8oDVbb8mM0_LjkXamD_NA?view_as=subscriber
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