Hailing from the vibrant streets of Manchester, Dom Major is an artist known for his comically melancholic ballads, reminiscent of an early, more satirical Lord Huron. Invigorating textures meet organically soulful tones in what is a delightfully sincere blend of alternative-folk and Americana.
Through Major’s impassioned state of instability we’re thrown into a world of rumination in his upcoming new single ‘Both Burn Bright‘ (out 3rd July), written off the back of a car crash one New Years’s Eve. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Conor Oberst and Father John Misty, Dom has unsurprisingly been touted by the Independent as “one to watch”, so we caught up with the singer-songwriter to talk about his previous work and what to expect from him in the coming months..
Hi Dom, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You’re a self proclaimed writer of what you call ‘sad bastard music’, for those who have never heard your music before, how would you describe your style?
Not a problem at all! Thanks for having me. Errrrrmmm, I’d say a lot of it is fairly atmospheric, but also has quite a lot of angst. Someone said it once sounded like lullabies, but if they had been written by a psychopath hahaha. I wouldnt go as far as to agree, but I guess its not a bad parameter. A lot of it is delicate, but it definitely has an angsty side.
Opening up for the likes of Phoebe Bridges and Chastity Brown, you’ve played a number of shows across Manchester and beyond, if you could pick one venue to headline, which one would it be and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to play at a few good ones! But one I have never played (which I would love to headline) would be the Albert Hall in Manchester. I’ve seen some of my favourite bands there (Wilco, Bright Eyes to name a few).
Of all the occupations you could have chosen, what made you decide to pursue a career in music?
God I ask myself that every day haha. I think I just want to make other people feel what I felt, when I heard music that I truly loved. If I get that far, then that’s fine by me!
You often write about your own memories, the good and the bad, do you have a particular favourite set of lyrics/song?
Oooooh. I really love the lyrics to my song Sad Song #1, that was one of the times where I felt like every single word was super important. There is a verse about a time I went to therapy through a scheme at work. That one is probably my favourite because I never really told anyone I was going, so it was quite a relief when It was out there. Both Burn Bright has some of my favourite lines in it though, It was one of those songs that I wrote in about an hour front to back. That rarely happens by the way.
‘Both Burn Bright’ is a deliberate step away from your previous releases, tell us more about the song and how it’s
construction differs from your previous work.
I think I thought about it a lot less than I did my other ones, and I hit the breaks fairly quickly on the production side of things. The construction of it was more simple, but it feels more real I think. We had a very loose idea of the arrangement, and Aaron (Drums), Tom ( Elec Guitar) and I went into a room and did it live. I added the bass on after. It just felt easy.
This latest single is a placeholder (and a beautiful one at that) whilst you write another set of tunes, have you already planned the next release or is it a matter of starting from scratch?
Thank you! Obviously with everything that’s going on in the world, it’s been impossible to get together and smash ideas around with people, but I have ideas and rough drafts yeah! I think it’s easy to put tonnes of pressure on yourself to be super productive in this time (especially with social media) but I think it’s the perfect time for everyone to just relax and take a breather. It’s a Pandemic, not a productivity contest (sorry went on a bit of a rant then haha). Anyway, thanks for having me 🙂
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