A History Of Dom Almond
The birth of a producer
Dom Almond started his musical journey from a young age. Listening to various music styles, he would often sit in his living room as a child and play music on his Mum's record player. At this point, the stand out record that captured his imagination was Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. Mixing synth-based music with orchestral pieces was something he had not heard before. As he grew and continued to enjoy the music of all genres, he was inspired by the music of the '80s. Around this time, he was fortunate to get his first electronic keyboard, a Casio PT-20. He used this to perform at one of his schools' talent shows. However, the teachers didn't seem impressed as he had more fun making drum beats with it rather than playing any music. As time progressed and music styles evolved, Dom found himself listening to rock such as Gun's n Roses, Metalica, Iron Maiden, Nirvana and Ozzy Osborn, to name a few. His love of music was not pigeonholed, with him also having a love for early hip-hop, funk, electro and the beginnings of the acid house music scene. The next big stand out album for Dom was The Prodigy's 1992 release of Experience. It was around this time when he started questioning how the Prodigy had made the music. This was the point of inspiration for him to start making music himself. He managed to get an atari-st with the first version of Cubase. Linked to his Yamaha keyboard, he learned the basics of midi sequencing using the preset drum and bass sounds. This would later lead to Dom buying a mixing desk, sampler and more synthesizers to explore electronic music production further. His love of music did not stop at production. In 1995 he worked hard to save for a set of Technics turntables, his pride and joy. Taking trips regularly to Leisters 5HQ, which was the best source of underground vinyl at the time, and meant a 30 minute trip from Kettering on the train. The big sound for Dom at the time was Jungle and Hardcore, but he continued to explore other genres too. He would often frequent free parties and raves at the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes, where he continued to be inspired by music. Over the next few years, his skill continued to grow, and he soon started DJing at live events. Mainly travelling to London to DJ at clubs such as the Gallery. This soon branched out to getting gigs in Spain and having some of his music productions signed to the Hardcore Beats Record Label. His first release was titled "Twisted" and was released as the AA side to Matt from Gorgon City's release "Kicking Hard", Which was under their production duo name "The Equalizers". He would have a further 4 releases on the Hardcore Beats Sister label "Pure Filth". In 2008, Dom had a track titled "Shake It" included on a Global Underground compilation CD, where he started getting support and plays from other artists such as Krafty Kuts, Shades Of Rythm and Utah Saints, to name a few. It was also around this time where he became a resident DJ at Club Sessions in Northampton. The event was held at the roadmender and saw Dom often warming up for acts such as Pendulum, Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), Eric Prydz, Way Out West and Seb Fontain. In 2010, Dom's tracks were being used as backing music on Vernon Kay's Radio 1 show. With his music not just being used as a filler and getting airplay from Rob Da Bank and Annie Knightingale. Around this time, Dom took some time out to raise a family. He is now back and ready to release more music, with his genre-merging signature sound. Dom's music could be described as a mix of breaks, synth basslines, and often infusing his sound with orchestral strings and piano. He does, however, branch out into the House and Drum and Bass genre and does not feel held back by experimenting with new sounds and styles. He does not always adhere to conventional production techniques and often produces slightly different from the norm. His most recent endeavour has seen Dom producing soundtracks for use in-game and film. See more on the sound design section of the website. Dom is available for Remixing. Contact him for more information.