DOM ROBINSON

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We tipped Leeds singer-songwriter Dom Robinson on the site earlier this year following the release of ‘Good Love’ and since then the musician has supported Palace and Babeheaven alongside the release of another mesmerising single in the form of ‘Casey’. We caught up with the artist to find out what else he has planned for 2017.

1.Firstly, for those who are unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe your sound?

What I aim for is some sort of middle ground between some of my favourite artists. My biggest influences are artists like Keaton Henson, Nick Drake and Dylan who I think lyrically are hard to beat. Production-wise more towards Bon Iver and RY X, and I’ve always been a big fan of Frightened Rabbit.

2.We featured you on The Tipping Point a while back, what have you been up to since?

I’ve been working towards the next releases, adding the final touches to them to be released over 2017, and as a band we’ve been working on our live set for a few upcoming shows.

3.In terms of your career so far, how long have you been writing and performing as an artist?

I’ve been writing and performing since I was in school at about 15, but I started taking it all a bit more seriously when I moved up to Leeds in 2012.

4.Would you say you prefer recording in the studio or playing live?

It’s hard but I’d say I enjoy the recording side of it all more and being able to experiment with things in the studio, but then some of the shows I’ve played in the past have been great. It’s definitely more exciting now playing live with my band behind me, but I still love playing really intimate solo shows.

5.What is the most difficult challenge for you in the music industry?

It’s definitely really difficult to make it in this industry. I don’t find the work ethic side of it a struggle because it’s what I want to do, but keeping up with the musicians around you is tricky. Over the past year I’ve found it hard not to release what we’ve been working on, but hopefully having a year of just writing and recording new material will pay off.

6.What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

One of my tracks ‘Hands’ was playing on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show a couple of years back, that was pretty surreal. Since then we played our first full band set on the BBC Introducing stage at Y-Not Festival, and I’ve supported acts such as Rag’n’Bone Man and Silences, and Nathan Ball on his tour in the Netherlands and it’s great to see them all doing amazingly now.  

7.Do you have any industry related advice for emerging artists?

You should definitely try and work with other people at every opportunity you get. The people I see doing the best now are the ones who’ve taken those opportunities and I definitely wish I’d done more. Also not to be discouraged by a few knock backs because you’ll always improve. When I listen to tracks I was recording a couple of years ago I can’t bare to listen but it’s nice to be able to see the improvement.

8.What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you/keep up to date with the latest goings on?

The best way these days is probably on Facebook or Twitter (@droomb). I’ve got some contact emails on my website too (www.droomb.com)

9.What is your one major ambition for your career in music?

To be able to dedicate my time solely to writing music. It’s a tough industry and it may take years but putting the graft in early on beats being stuck in a dead end job. Pretty much every artist wants to play the main stage at the big festivals so that too of course, but just being able to constantly release music is the aim.

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