An Interview With Dominique Ilie
A new single release from Dominique Ilie comes through with a deep and heartfelt honesty ant builds along with the dynamic of the song and it comes together in a beautiful showcase of passionate and breathtaking vocal performances, s climbing string section, and a piano that all melt together and create an atmosphere that becomes emotionally driven and all engulfing.
"Complicated" is a gorgeous display of soul and a near perfect example of what songs can feel like when you wear your heart on your sleeves and let it out for the world to hear.
It feels like it took guts but also has this in-your-face style as well as the vocals are so compelling and hold so much actual impact that it grabs at you from across the room and draws you toward them.
This release really shows Ilie's character as an artist and her presence as a performer. She has a magnetic aspect that you can't deny, and it feels amazing to let go and just get washed away with the music.
The song was woven with detail and attention to dynamics and there was a lot that went into this. It's orchestrated beautifully.
With the release of such a wonderful single, we wanted to have a sit down with Dominque Irie and find out where this one came from.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with the single "Complicated". This one seems pretty personal. What's this song really about?
I think all my songs are personal, I write about Iife and my own experiences a lot. I wrote Complicated about a year ago when I was going through a confusing relationship. I am only 14, and I haven’t had a super serious relationship yet, but I have always been a romantic guy. I have had crushes since I was in preschool, so love is the main inspiration in my music. Writing songs is my way of dealing with my feelings and pouring my heart out. Buzz Slayers: So when did music start affecting you? When did you know making music was something you wanted to be doing?
I think music has chosen me since I was a baby. My mom tells me that the only way I would sit through a car ride as a baby was if she sang to me. I have been surrounded by musicians all my life; my family is very musical. My dad is a sound engineer and owns a music school and Recording studio in OC. My grandmother is an opera singer and my aunt is a concert flutist. My aunt gave me my first piano lessons when I was 5 years old, so I guess it is impossible not to love music in my family.
I knew music was the only thing I wanted to do at a very early age. I love listening and making music, it is food for my soul. Buzz Slayers: What inspires you to write a song? Honestly, I write music when I am sad. It’s hard for me to talk openly about my feelings, so writing music is my therapy. I think music is such a powerful language, something that all humans can understand. Sometimes it is easier for me to translate my feelings into sound, into vibration, rather than putting them into words. Buzz Slayers: Can you give us some of your top musical influences? I listen to all kinds of music, all kinds of genres, new and old. Some of the current mainstream artists that had the biggest impact on me and my music are Tyler the Creator, Pharrell, Ariana Grande and HER. I listen to a lot of old R&B and POP, I love Mint Condition, Michael Jackson, George Benson and many others. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? Well, I am only 14 years old so school is taking a lot of my time. Yha, my schedule is pretty full, between music and school I don’t have much free time. In my family, “work hard, play hard” is very important. Keeping up with my friends and having fun are an important part of life. Like any other teenager, I like hanging out, playing video games and going out with friends. Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
Haha, who isn’t!!! I listen to music a lot, but right now I am really into Tyler the Creator and Kendrick Lamar Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
Yes, I am super excited for my upcoming performance this September 10th. I will be performing my latest singles Sunflower, Complicated and Graciously. I love performing live, I think it’s the best way to connect with my listeners. There’s nothing more rewarding to me than to see people cheering and enjoying my music.
My team and I are working on finding more performance opportunities for me this Fall. Being so young, it makes it a bit more difficult for me to find the right events and venues where I can perform. Buzz Slayers: This single feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?
Well, I think every new song comes with its own challenges. There are so many aspects that go into creating music, and it can be overwhelming sometimes. I am not a one-person type of artist, I have so much more to learn. I am surrounded by a team of talented musicians that believe in me and support me in my journey. I think the most important advice I could give to an upcoming artist would be to stay true to yourself. I feel like we all have a voice of our own, and if we keep our authenticity Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
Lot’s more music, that’s for sure. I plan on continuing my journey, I am just at the beginning of it. My focus is to write music that I can be proud of, quality versus quantity. I want every new song to be better than the previous one. I do hope I can put out my first album by the end of next year. Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music? Thank you for listening. We truly wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t for you. Knowing that you have an audience, pushes you as an artist and makes you want to work harder.