We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominique Vellutato and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominique, how do you think about risk?
Life is made up of risks. Some, bigger than others. Some, might feel small but end up having a larger reward or teaching a valuable lesson.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My music is a deep dive into my life. Either I’m putting my love life on display or I’m detailing the deepest fears I can’t seem to shake. I’ve been trying to harness the parts of me I rarely show people in a poetic and magnetic way. Recently I’ve been doing more production which is really exciting to me. I’ve found its given me a whole new perspective on what my songs could sound like. I’ve taken a unique path to get to where I am today. I didn’t really explore music until college (UC Berkeley), and even then I thought I would end up on the publishing or A&R side of the desk. It wasn’t until my first job working for The Voice that I really started to turn a corner into songwriting. To be completely honest I never felt I was good enough, I was really scared to make that transition. I’d always followed the path I was expected to. I went to an amazing college, played a D1 sport, got a great job out of school, then ultimately climb up the ladder, etc etc. Then one day I just realized if I never tried to be a songwriter how could I know if I could do it. I never want to regret anything and I knew I would regret not following my heart and this deep desire I had hidden for so long. Even still I fight against my own self doubt and have to really quiet those negative thoughts. Especially when I’m working with people I admire so much, who have had massive success, I get that imposter syndrome a bit. I end up just pushing through it and doing what I can do best. I’m constantly trying to learn and grow, ultimately I want to be the best I can possibly be. To me the song is everything. I’d like to write a song or songs that transcend generations. That thousands of people cover and know every word and melody. That is my goal.
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?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, specifically Topanga Canyon, so I have an endless itinerary. I could spend days at the beach, so that would be a must. Rocketship is my favorite coffee shop, and I drink coffee like water so we’d make a stop there for sure (a few times). Crossroads is the best vegan joint around. Sqirl is so so so good for breakfast/brunch. I love hiking with my dog so we’d probably cruise up to Topanga for some epic hikes and then pop over to my parents for a ping pong tournament. My family is very athletic and competitive so it gets intense. Some of my favorite bars are east..I love The Know Where Bar and Highland Park Brewery – super chill places with great vibes. 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?
I am extremely fortunate to have wonderful people in my life that have encouraged and influenced me throughout my career. One I must give a big shout out to is Clyde Lieberman. He is a mentor, a friend, and most importantly someone I admire.