Dommin

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Dommin
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Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock,[1] gothic rock[2][3][4]dark rock[5][6][7][8]
Years active 2000 - present
Labels Roadrunner Records
Website www.dommin.com
Members Kristofer Dommin
Billy James
Konstantine
Cameron Morris

Dommin is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1999 by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kristofer Dommin. The band is made up of Kristofer Dommin on vocals and guitar, Billy James on bass, Konstantine on keyboards, and Cameron Morris on drums. Dommin released their major label debut album, Love is Gone, on February 2, 2010 on Roadrunner Records.

History[edit]

Formation and Mend Your Misery (1999-2008)[edit]

Dommin's beginning can be traced back to 1999, from early demos Kristofer would record with his older brother, Stephen, playing drums. Over nearly an 8-year period, Dommin evolved into a performing rock band in the L.A. scene. Childhood friend, Billy James, originally joined as a keyboardist in late 2002. He eventually switched to bass when Konstantine joined the band in 2006. The last member to join Dommin was drummer Cameron Morris, who auditioned for the band and joined in 2008 to replace the vacancy left by Kristofer's older brother who went on to focus on his career and family.

In 2005, Kristofer unknowingly had one of his demos reach the ears of producer, songwriter and manager, Lucas Banker who had a production company with his partner Logan Mader, known for his involvement in Machine Head and Soulfly. The production duo agreed to record what would become the band's independent release called Mend Your Misery. The band took to the social networking site, MySpace, and began to promote their music, sell their CD and T-shirts and recorded a video for "My Heart, Your Hands," directed by the band's own Konstantine. Kristofer signed his publishing deal with Reverb, an independent UK publisher in June 2006. Through the efforts of Reverb Publishing and Dirty Icon Productions, Dommin's music was shopped to various labels and management. In late 2006, Dommin's efforts caught the attention of Monte Conner, Head of A&R at Roadrunner Records and signed with them in June 2008.[9]

Love Is Gone (2009-2011)[edit]

Lead singer/guitarist and primary songwriter Kristofer Dommin performing live.

In February 2010, their major label debut Love Is Gone produced by Dirty Icon (Lucas Banker & Logan Mader) was released. One year prior to the album's release and all throughout 2009, Dommin opened for Combichrist, Wednesday 13, The Birthday Massacre and Lacuna Coil. They also performed at the The Warped Tour in the United States.

The two official singles from "Love Is Gone" were "My Heart, Your Hands" and "Tonight." "My Heart, Your Hands" was featured as iTunes 'Song of The Week.[10] The release coincided with the band's first trip to Europe with two back to back tours supporting Lacuna Coil and HIM. Dommin continued supporting HIM through their US tour and returned to Europe to perform at The Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. They also opened the Main Stage on the final day of the Download Festival in the United Kingdom.[11] That summer, Dommin received nominations as Best New Band and Best New International Artist at both of UK's Metal Hammer Awards[12] and Kerrang Awards,[13] respectively. In August, Dommin supported Volbeat[14] and closed out the year supporting The Birthday Massacre and Black Veil Brides.

To commemorate the end of the "Love Is Gone" album cycle, a third video was self-directed and produced for the song "Closure." The band used photos and videos submitted by their fans with live footage as a tribute to the many lives that identified with the self-empowerment message of the song.

In early 2011, Dommin performed at the Soundwave Festival in Australia, which included a sideshow in Melbourne supporting Rob Zombie.

Departure from Roadrunner and third studio album (2012-present)[edit]

The band has been working on writing and recording for their follow up effort since 2011. According to a post made by the band on Dommin’s official Facebook page the album will “most likely [be released] late Summer. August or September” of 2012.[15]

On October 28, 2012, Dommin premiered a new song and video on their Facebook and official website, title "The Quiet Man".[16][17]

On October 30, 2012, the band launched an updated website, with news that they have parted ways with Roadrunner.[18] Shortly after, Kristofer Dommin expressed his and the band's current contractual situation and disappointment with Roadrunner, who still 'owns' the rights to some of their unreleased material and their second studio album, regardless of their dropping the band. This has led the group to a hiatus until all contractual obligations with Roadrunner are resolved and in return making the group 'free-agents' for a new contract.[19]

In the midst of this, Kristofer Dommin has posted five songs on his personal Facebook, including a brand new track titled "Desire" (which for a period of time was given to fans for free along with a newsletter subscription), an incomplete track titled "I Die" with keyboardist Konstantine, a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Im Your Man", a cover of Depeche Mode's "Precious", and a cover of Sia's "Breathe Me".[20]

Band members[edit]

  • Kristofer Dommin - vocals/guitar (2000–present)
  • Billy James - bass (2006–present), keyboards (2002-2006)
  • Konstantine - keyboards (2006–present)
  • Cameron Morris - drums (2008–present)
Session members

Stephen Dommin - drums (2000-2008)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/938/17688/HIM-to-tour-with-Dommin.html
  2. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/121778-dommin-love-is-gone/
  3. ^ http://www.talive.com/2010/04/cd-review-dommin-love-is-gone
  4. ^ http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/newreleases/release.aspx?releaseID=403
  5. ^ http://hangout.altsounds.com/features/116980-lowdown-kristofer-dommin-dommin.html
  6. ^ http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/dommin-talks-about-their-sound-band-name-1.2031092
  7. ^ http://www.primalnoise.com/node/90
  8. ^ http://www.cliqmagazine.com/entertainment/music/15-dommin-nation
  9. ^ "Roadrunner Records Signs Dommin, Mutiny, Port Amoral". SMNnews.com. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "iTunes Free Single of the Week Review: Dommin". The Truth About Music: Song Of The Week. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Download Festival 2010: Dommin @ Main Stage – Sunday, 13 June 2010". Thrash Hits. Thrash Hits. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Metal Hammer Golden God Nominations 2010". Metal Hammer News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "And the nominees are...". Kerrang News. Bauer Consumer Media. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Mogdlin, Jenny. "Dommin Tour With Volbeat". Dommin Site News. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/dommin
  16. ^ http://www.facebook.com/#!/dommin
  17. ^ http://www.dommin.com/media/youtube
  18. ^ http://www.dommin.com/?p=513
  19. ^ http://kristoferdommin.tumblr.com/post/43066630574/a-message-from-kristofer
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/kristofer.dommin?fref=ts

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