We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominic Vigil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominic, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In the field of music production/audio engineering, starting your own business (or rather, making yourself your own business) becomes the natural path for most people. It wasn’t necessarily an intentional thing for me, but it’s certainly an aspect of my work life that I cherish. It gives me the freedom to spend my time how I want, the ability to work from home, and hosts of other benefits without too many negatives. I get to live and survive on my own terms, and I’m not sure I’d be able to live any other way!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Art has always been very difficult for me, but even in my relatively short 6-7 year career as a professional artist, all the time and effort I’ve put in has been worth it. It’s easy to judge our own work very harshly. It’s through the process of collaboration that I find my true strength as a producer. My favorite artistic endeavor is bringing another artist’s musical idea to life. For example: let’s say I have a client, she’s a vocalist and has many songs written, but the beats they were written on are off the market, or the songs weren’t written to a beat in the first place. I view it as my job to breathe life into the fire that is her vision for the song. So I take my keyboard and ask: what drums do you like? We find a proper speed for the song and get the foundation laid out. I then use my ear to find the location of her melody (in a harmonic sense), and we lay down some chords. There are many other ways to approach this process, but this example is one of my favorites.
So far this work is mainly a supplement to my income, but I hope to be able to do this everyday at some point in my life.
Through this process, I’ve learned to not judge myself so harshly, because there are many people who respect and dig my style.
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 would first want to do anything in Mt. Baldy. It’s both very close to where I live, and such a beautiful place. Another day could be dedicated to rock climbing. Whether or not we go out to a bar/club depends on the person who’s with me I guess. For the most part I’m an introverted audiophile with a pension for nature.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For me, this one is a no brainer. I owe a lot to one of my good friends and business partners, Jordan Maldonado (@jmkm808). He is a strong role model, and someone who I have seen as a mentor throughout my adult life. Not only has he put on me on to life changing opportunities, but through him I’ve learned a lot in regards to self respect, and knowing one’s worth (especially through the lens of a businessman). Shoutouts to JMKM, that’s the homie!
Other: If anyone is interested in seeing what musical and audio services I have to offer, email email@example.com