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5 QUESTIONS FOR: Dominik Hyppolite of Dom The Composer

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Entering his junior year at UMass Lowell, Dominik Hyppolite crafts a distinct and profoundly deep sort of R&B as Dom The Composer. His music is deeply personal and wracked with emotion, as well as tackling matters of mental health, social alienation, and vulnerability, against a backdrop of shimmering bedroom pop sensibilities, scrappy indie production, and soaring torch song vocals. It’s the type of poetry that can only come from a thoughtful mind, so he surely must have some answers for…

5 QUESTIONS FOR DOMINIK HYPPOLITE

  1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

The last great album I recently listened to is Bigger Love by John Legend. It came out a few weeks ago and I love a ton of the songs. He’s one of my role models and I have loved his music and artistry for a long time! This album brings back some of his old sound from his past works while blending modern Pop and R&B themes. It makes for a great and intriguing listen, I highly recommend it.

  1. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?

There are so many I can’t pick but I’ll just mention a few of them! Lawrence, Jon Bellion and Lizzy McAlpine. They each have such a beautiful take on life through their art and their expertise in certain genres. Jon Bellion would be the one I’d like to create lyrics and a musical skeleton with. He creates a real visual with his words and gets his point and message through clearly. Lawrence and Lizzy would be cool to play with or just jam and chat. They are around my age and I’d love to get to know them as musicians and people.

  1. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

I love to draw! It was my first passion before getting into music. The more involved I got in music the less I drew so I compromised: I create all the covers for my songs and try to make art projects when I can. I play soccer and Ultimate frisbee with friends and at school. They help me wind down after a long day. I watch soccer a lot. My dad played soccer so I picked up the love of the sport at a late age and played in high school. I wanna continue to play at some capacity. I’m a huge Marvel fan too. I have so many comic books, collectibles and movie cups and I am proud of it.

  1. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

I don’t really know what I would change. I’m still very new to it and I’m learning about it and my artistry everyday. One thing that comes to mind is how shows are done. I wanna find ways to incorporate multiple mediums to create an awe inspiring experience for the audience. I feel that artists from all perspectives should collaborate more often, we can make something truly special.

  1. If you were to hit the big time, what is the one thing you MUST have in your backstage dressing room?

(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Alexa Economou of blindspot)

WHEN I hit the big time (Manifest your goals and dreams!) one thing I would like to have backstage is Oreos. Not a large pack but a fair amount. I’d probably eat them post show, maybe share a few if I’m not too hungry.

Dom The Composer’s music can be found via his BandCamp and Spotify pages. His most recent single “The Strangest Fruit” was released earlier this year, and all sales revenue generated from it will be donated to the civil rights advocacy organization Color Of Change. Further news can be found via his Instagram and Facebook pages.

-Lilz Martin