Born into a family of creatives, Domino Kirke was a student of piano and vocal performance at New York’s prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts and signed her first record deal as a teenager – collaborating with Grammy-winning producer and artist Mark Ronson (Adele, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse). Having toured the world with everyone from Gang of Four to Lily Allen with her band DOMINO, she’s now received praise from the likes of TIME, Billboard and Nylon for her debut solo album Beyond Waves.
We caught up with Domino to find out more…
Hi Domino, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m Domino Kirke, a singer-songwriter, and I just released my first solo LP! I’m also a doula and birth educator. I run a Doula Collective called Carriage House Birth in Brooklyn, New York.
How did you initially get into creating music?
I’ve always played music. I sang in choirs and I started taking piano lessons from the age of six. I started writing music when I was about eleven, and we always had recording studios in my home growing up because my dad is a musician. I then went to performing arts high school in New York.
Your new album Beyond Waves is out this summer, can you tell us a bit about it? Are there any ongoing themes running throughout it?
It’s really like one long diary entry. Each song is a snap shot of a different family member.
Your songs have a very distinctive, and captivating, bohemian folk style, but who would you consider to be your main musical influences?
I really love Sybille Baier, Lhasa De Sela, Joan As Police Woman, Townes Van Zandt and Luke Temple (co writer of my record) – they’re all big influences.
How is your local music scene? Do you go to see much live music?
It’s booming! I’ve lived in Williamsburg for fifteen years. I live a block away from all the best venues, so get out when I can.
And what can fans expect from your live shows?
I’ve heard from people that my live set is very “meditative” so, that’s nice!
As we’re a new music focused site, are there any upcoming bands/artists who you’d recommend we check out?
And how do you feel the industry is for new artists at the moment? Coming from a musical family, would you say it’s more difficult to get noticed and make a name for yourself now than it used to be?
It’s a whole new world. I’m still getting used to it!
Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Domino Kirke?
I’m touring in the fall, and I’m playing shows in New York and Los Angeles this summer!
Huge thanks to Domino for answering our questions!