We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominic Redix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominic, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Nothing fills my heart and gives me the peace that music or yoga gives me. Crooning some soulful lyrics, rapping a verse perfectly, or hitting each yoga pose with precision allows me to go into a flow state that gives me a sense of purpose and belonging on this earth. Nobody can take my art or creativity away from me, which is what let me know that it was valuable. I decided to turn that value in my art, expression, & discipline, and turn it into something I can give to others and hopefully make good money from eventually.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My music is as individual and unique as I am. You can definitely tell I have had influence from all over the world but one thing I continue to hear from observers is that my art doesn’t sound like anybody else’s, and I am so proud of that. I am also really proud of my body. Growing up, the thought of black people doing yoga was so taboo that i never imagined even trying it, so I am happy and excited that being a yogi is a huge part of my life now. My concern is not that my body looks “better” than anyone else’s, rather that it moves and looks the best it can compared to itself. Feeling good and being functional make me more proud than my body’s aesthetics ever could. I got to where I am by being myself. I have developed a lot of genuine relationships in the music and yoga world because I am willingly vulnerable, I stick to my values, and treat people with love and respect. If I’m being honest, I had to learn to do all of that with myself before I could with others, but once I did I was able to tap into my artistry, my body, and tap in with others that do similar things. It definitely wasn’t easy finding myself, let alone finding my place as a creator. I definitely had my challenges with self-esteem, finance, mental health but I was able to persevere through faith. If i didn’t believe I could do it, it wasn’t going to happen, no matter how many outside influences were at play, it would all come down to what i did internally. I for sure had support from some friends and some family but ultimately, I had to look in the mirror and decide for myself that i wanted more. I want people to know that, just like you, I had my doubts about myself and my abilities. That others doubted me just as much if not more. they might have even gotten a good laugh out of the idea of me making music or being a black yogi, but regardless of what anyone else thought, I am doing what I love and I am good at it, not because I am an exceptional talent, but because I did not give up on me
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My idea of fun and excitement doesn’t always align with other so this is my idea of a dope itinerary. First we hit the beach in the morning for meditation and exercise, then to Simply Wholesome in LA for a smoothie and veggie patties for lunch. Next, a dispensary for the vibes, followed by an adventure at a plant nursery (I also love gardening). Lastly,we’d end the day getting veggie burgers from my favorite vegan food truck Word of Mouth. If theres time, Venice beach is always great to show homies from out of town because its so free and interesting compared to a lot of other places in the world
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my Mom because she may not always agree with my decisions, she still shows support and encouragement. And honestly if it wasn’t for my friends/producers Jo Darko, Gavin Wells, or Suede Silver, I do not know where i would be creatively/artistically today. They have not only helped me create my own visions, they also challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and branch out to the artists that you see presently