Portland, Oregon artist, Dom Blvd finally releases his EP, “Hopeless Vibes,” and after listening to the lead single, “Fun Forever,” a vibe is exactly what you’re going to get. He’ll take you through love, lust, and pain that he felt as he traversed through his relationships, and by the end of the collection, you’ll have relived some of your own trials and tribulations. Dom lyrically paints how inconsistent and temperamental love can be, and by doing that, each track's scenario echoes haunting memories of relations past. “Hopeless Vibes” shines light on the naked truth about human connection. It stripes it down in an in your face, gentle manner from the moment you press play, slowly coaxing you to explore your own sexuality. We would totally be lying, if we said that we didn't blush a few times as we intently listened to Dom Blvd's deep, sultry voice fill the room.
Get ready to fall deep into Dom Blvd’s musical abyss, and while you make your descent, don’t be afraid to go through the motions as you creep closer to the bottom of his trench. Our personal fast favorites off the EP are “Fun Forever, Yo Body, and Patience.” These three specific tracks definitely had us in a mood with their honest lyrics, excellent melodies, and sublime production. Come up for air once in awhile, but feel free to make the dive over and over again as needed.
We reached out to Mr. Dom Blvd himself for a little more insight on who he is as an artist and the motivation behind this project.
Nelum Playlist: Why the name Dom Blvd?
Dom Blvd: Dominque is my legal name, and a lot of my friends call me Dom for short. When deciding a stage name, I knew i was going to be different than most artists, and I knew how the industry loves to box you in, so the Blvd represents my own lane. I have no desire to fit in or be something I am not. Dom Blvd is an opportunity for me to be my unapologetic self while contributing to the many communities I am apart of.
Nelum Playlist: What was your inspiration behind this project?
Dom Blvd: Oh God! It started out with my most recent ex. I was in LA alone and I wanted him back. He was in New York and had no interest in getting back together. I wanted him to hear the music and understand everything we went through from my perception.
As I was writing and coming up with concepts for an album, I realized that the main reason we didn’t work is because I still had feelings for all of my exes. I know that sounds like some fuck boy shit, but it’s true.
I wont say I’ve had perfect breakups, but I have been lucky to date men (minus one) who were mature enough to call it off but remain friends, and we know how that goes.
Nelum Playlist: What made you decide to release “Fun Forever” as the lead single?
Dom Blvd: Prior to coming out, I would date women and I assumed that being gay would be a lot easier, but I realized that love is love and heartbreak is heartbreak. “Fun Forever” is not only an overview of the album, but a summarized version of the majority relationships I’ve seen.
Nelum Playlist: Do you think the world is ready for openly gay artists creating music that isn’t stereotypically gay?
Dom Blvd: There are many cities that are ready, but the world, naw! There are too many folks confused with themselves, and no time to understand others.
With respect to those individuals and our differences, I tried to create music that was universal, while still expressing my true feelings. I don’t believe something like love should be segregated or limited. We all need love.
Nelum Playlist: Is there a specific track on your EP that you’re particularly proud of, and why?
Dom Blvd: “Love’s Creed.” I wrote that song years ago! It has been recorded three different times, and sonically it changed each time. Initially, I didn’t want to put it on the EP. It’s more uptempo than what I would prefer to do, but now that I am able to listen and enjoy it, I actually love it, and love how it shows that a breakup doesn’t have to be a negative, dark time. It can be celebrated! Each song is special in its own way because alone they remind me of a particular ex.
Nelum Playlist: For other songwriters and artist looking for direction, what was your creative process like, and how was it different from your past projects?
Dom Blvd: I don’t have a label, or a team of professionals to help guide me through any of this. For me, it was all about planning, and executing. I had to be my own A&R, songwriter, executive producer, etc.
I started with defining who I was, and what parts of me did I want Dom Blvd to represent. Once I knew who Dom Blvd was, it was figuring out what he wanted to say. I had no insight on the industry, so I assumed that everything was strategically done, you know like they taught us in grade school.
I focused on the music for a solid year, recording demos and writing everyday. I knew the EP was going to be eight songs and about a relationship. I had to play with song selections and arrangements until it felt right. Once I had a solid eight, I took the demos to my producer, and we started building tracks. Only three of the initial eight made the EP. Somethings got lost in creating, and no longer fit the vibe.
In the past, I would be so focused on perfecting one song before moving on. The biggest difference was knowing when to be the artist, and when to be the critic. There were times in the past, where I was excited to have something recorded that I would overlook the quality of the record. There were also times I would be so obsessed with doing it like someone else, I forgot about my uniqueness.
Nelum Playlist: Who helped make your vision become a reality in terms of production?
Dom Blvd: Marc Solomon is my producer @marcsolomonsound. Scott Braucht is my videographer @brauchtfilm80. Evan James Atwood is my photographer @evanjamesatwood. Rap is my stylist @rapisoffensive.
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