We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominic Fontana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominic, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
Ultimately, I just want to sing. I’m a singer/songwriter, producer, and performer. The end goal for my career would be to make art with my friends for a living. One day, I would love to sign with a label. It wouldn’t just grant me the opportunity to collaborate with artists I love and admire, it would offer me access to learn from the best in the business and potentially gain a platform from which I can embark on other artistic and human endeavors. I would truly love to start a foundation or a center for the arts for children who might not have access to the arts training I was lucky enough to receive.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Truly, my education sets me apart from others. In my early years I attended private, public, and charter schools before getting admitted to my university in Chicago. These institutions were either fully dedicated to the arts or offered artistic electives for their students. I’ve been lucky to have a community of artistic peers to rely on, grow with, and share intimate memories with on stage, in class, or in everyday life. I’m wholeheartedly inspired by my friends, and I feel like that is reflected in my music. The journey along the way has had its ups and downs, as any journey does. I’ve missed out on a lot of moments with my family for the sake of my artistic training, which will always be a sore spot for me emotionally. I’ve learned how to be present with them when I get to be home; it’s the moments with my loved ones that most inspire new artistic muses. Like me, my brand is ever-changing. Right now, it’s being a moody, sad boy. Overall, I’d like to be an artist who anyone can find commonality with. I want my music to feel like a safe space for my followers. I have a single coming out in February followed by a new EP shortly thereafter. Its themes reflect my first full year in Los Angeles, my experiences dealing with the pandemic, the political environment around us, and the beautiful moments through it all.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think that Los Angeles has some amazing spots. I currently live in Silver Lake and I would highly recommend visiting. An ideal day would start by hiking through Amir’s Garden in the summertime, hitting up a few vintage stores, getting coffee at Il Caffé downtown, and ending the day at El Matador Beach in Malibu.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The New Orleans Center for the Creative arts, my high school, gave me a deeper sense of who I wanted to become. I’d also have to shout out my voice teacher, Michael Brown. He made me feel like I could do anything, guided me to the voice I have today, and gave me the confidence to go out and use it.
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