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produced by Marty Notes.
recorded and mixed by Tim Hanson at North Village Recording.
"ATOMS" available 7/15 via Indyground Entertainment.
ABOVE THE ORDINARY MIND STATE INTERVIEW
DOM CHRONICLES, July 2014.
It was one of those perfect afternoons. The sun was out but only about seventy degrees with the clouds in that calm dream state that only water can create. The rain earlier in the week cooled everything down and the heat hadn’t crept back yet. Dom had hit me up earlier in the day and we decided my place would be the best meeting place. Since I had only met Dom several times at shows I wanted him to feel comfortable. I made sure I had prepared some fine accessories that I thought would help him relax. As he sat on my deck with a nice size joint and a full wax pen he must have been in a relaxing place because that kid dropped gold. He sat there and answered my questions with ease and poise. He held himself as confident while still keeping that humble hippy vibe. As he was answering my questions I couldn’t help but notice the peacefulness and energy of the scene. Amidst the garden that had just started to grow and the crazy ass Waldo squirrels and birds it was almost as Dom had created this moment of perfection himself. I couldn’t help but think during the interview that this space and time was definitely created by or for Dom and in this moment he truly shined. What I thought would just be an interview discussing his new album ATOMS (Above the Ordinary Mind State) and the fact that he has just been signed to Indyground turned out instead to be a truly enlightening experience.
IGE: What’s happening lil’ homie? Tell us a little about where you’ve been.
DOM: I’ve done actually four previous projects before this newest project. I’ve worked with a lot of different people like the Abnorm. I came up under Dutch Newman, Greg Enemy. Saw what they were doing made me want to get involved. I actually was promoting at first for Crazy Boy Status that’s how I got into the scene. I’ve always wanted to do it. When I was like 14 or 15 I would write raps. I was with a crew Crowned in O Town. Did the soundclick thing but never took it seriously. But that changed when we brought Wiz into town.
IGE: Wiz huh?
DOM: Yeah. Brought Wiz into town and it just inspired me so much to see that some one that was a superstar was doing the same shit. Doing the same shit that everyday people are doing. Didn’t show up to the show in a bus. Got dropped up in Lawrence as far as I’m concerned. Had some girls take him and ya know got back onto another plane. It was crazy seeing them do it. It was like if they can do it, I can do it. Seeing rappers in the flesh made me really want to take rap seriously.
IGE: What other artists influenced you to start making music?
DOM: Definitely Curtis Mayfield old school shit like that. They were talking about shit we’re talking about now back then. Like all this higher thinking and the abuse that the world gives us from the powers that be. But I’ve listened to everything. Used to listen to like N’Sync, I’ve had a lot of different influences. Anything that sounds good. Orchestra opened me up to a lot of classical shit like Beethoven and Bach. And of course a lot of stars now like Wiz and Curren$y and it’s like man I want to be them. I could be them ya know… I could be a rapper.
IGE: Wait. Orchestra? Violin?
DOM: Been playing violin for like 10 years. Wait, no I’m 24 and started playing violin when I was 10. 14 years, damn. That definitely helped me get involved in music in a way. I can read and write sheet music all that shit. Went to college for Music Education.
IGE: K man. The new album is titled ATOMS. What is this all about?
DOM: Definitely the sound. The sound is what I paid attention to the most. It’s definitely lyrical too. People always tell me that when they listen to my songs they gotta play it a couple times to get every piece of the song. I want it to be like that too. I don’t know it’s like a “how to” of how to elevate your mind. I don’t even talk about weed that much. It’s not a major part of the album. But it is a part of how I want people to think with that higher level thinking. Not worry about the physical. I want to take people to that astral plane.
IGE: Who do you collaborate with on this album?
DOM: On this album I jam with let’s see… I got the Abnorm, every track I’ve done with him is golden. I got Gen the Assassin. We got the Black Belt Society thing going with us. Also I got Gee Watts and Lindsey Alderman.
IGE: Alright. Just saw these tour dates. What are you looking forward to accomplishing with this tour?
DOM: I would definitely say meeting the fans. People who listen to me ya know meeting them first hand. That’s what I’m about. I like being with the fans. That’s why I like RecordBar. There is no back stage. I’ll end up just talking to people the whole time I’m there. They’re all the homies and I want to be like that with all my fans. I want to get off stage and not get shot. I don’t know why it’s like that for some people. I want to build love and I want you to feel my love. I feel like I take on people’s emotions. But people don’t take on my emotions. I want people to feel me. I want people to really listen.
IGE: What cities are sticking out to you on this tour?
DOM: I am excited about going to Cedar Rapids in Iowa. I’m excited to tour with Imperfect. He’s dope. He’s one of the beat makers who performs live. He’ll rap and do beats at the same time, it’s crazy. How is that not cool? And his beats are just sick. Iowa is his home state. I want to meet his fans.
Fort Collins, Colorado. I’m ending the tour in Colorado. Then probably gonna take me a vacation. Chill out there for a few days.
IGE: How do you prepare for shows on tour differently than local performances?
DOM: You have to be cool with somebody in the scene over there. Somebody who is making moves just like you are that you are in contact with and eventually trade shows. I don’t understand some people. You can’t wait for shows. You gotta figure out how to make them hit you up for that shit. You gotta figure out how to appeal. The appeal is it.
Really the thing you gotta prepare for is gas. Gotta find a place to kick it and stay. It’s not like people buy me hotels. I spend all my money on that and everything evens out. Really figuring out what you’re gonna do when you’re out there. You have to establish a plan. You have to have a plan.
IGE: What are you listening to when you’re on the road?
DOM: When I’m out on the road just chilling it depends on the mood man. I can listen to Pink Floyd and shit. I’ll put in Dark Side of the Moon. Freddy Gibbs. Listen to Freddy Gibbs a lot. That’s a man I feel is a master of his trait. But I mean I’ll put it on shuffle I got a lot of different interests especially in hip hop. Ya know it’s like Nas, Danny Brown. I also listen to some AC/DC. All over the place. I listen to a bunch of shit. I think that is what’s cool about my music. I try to capture all types sounds at and when I put a project together there is a little bit of everything in every project I put out. Drum-heavy, sample, hip hop, New York Style, chops and shit. The beat maker makes that. I like working with beat makers. Niggas that do live beats at performances. That shows way more love for the craft ya know. I don’t care what anybody says. A beat to them isn’t just something that somebody else can rap on its something so that someone else can live.
IGE: You still get nervous before shows?
DOM: Sometimes yeah I be feeling the butterflies. Even when all the homies are there. Ya know all the friends and all the fans. It makes me a little nervous. But I feel like I work better under pressure anyway. Ya know everything always turns out great. Never get too smashed or anything like that. Even in orchestra when I was playing violin I would be nervous all the way up to the show. Pressing my suit. I get to the show. Then I just kill it. That’s what I’d do. I get nervous man but I always feel like the best will come out of whatever I do.
IGE: How does it feel being signed onto Indyground?
DOM: I love it, I love it, I love it. It was something that people were asking me about a year and a half ago since the Vacay video. Me and Steddy and everyone we all have the same type of position and take on life. It makes it easy to work with people. Now we’re at a time where people like us can do shit now. Ya know what I mean? We’re stoners. We own businesses. We are trying to better the community. Indyground is about to be the new core of the city. I can see it happening and I want to be a part of that.
IGE: What sets you apart from other Kansas City rappers?
DOM: I feel like I’m just on my hustle, and it’s visible. Steddy sees. I’m not gonna talk that talk and not walk that walk ya know. That’s just one of the things that you have to be able to do to be a business and to be a brand. I need Steddy’s help ya know when it really comes down to it. I need his help to help me be a brand. I gotta be 100%. He makes me wanna be 100%. People like that are people I should be around.
IGE: Got some random fan questons… Ass or titties?
DOM: Ya know I get asked that question. I like both. Proportional. Proportional.
IGE: Indica or Sativa?
DOM: Sativa man. Keeps me active.
IGE: If you could spend a month anywhere in the world only focusing on music, no other responsibilities, money is no option, where would you go?
DOM: Africa my nigga. Probably Egypt somewhere. If it’s not fucked up. It’s fucked up right now. Egypt is crazy. So crazy. I just wanna stand and see how big the pyramids are. Like you see it in the pictures but you never really know unless you’re there. I want to see them I want to touch them I want to feel the energy. That thing holds the Earth together. You knock that down shit gets fucked up. That’s why it’s still there. It’s sacred. I want to visit sacred places. Cuz I feel energy and shit. I want to feel that energy. Not that I practice that religion or anything. I believe in the universe and spirit and energy how it’s transferred. I want to feel the energy the ancients felt. That’s some real shit. That’s one of my big goals in life to travel the world and see places like that. If I have enough money to travel and no time limit to do it. I am going to all the sacred places. I’m going to Stone Hinge. I’m going to Teotihuacan. I am going to Egypt to see the great pyramids and the Sphinx. All that stuff is still there for a reason. Nobody can say anything different.
IGE: What does the future hold for Dom Chronicles?
DOM: In the future I see definite prosperity. I feel like if you think things can happen and you really put you mind to it you can make what you think happen. It’s gonna happen. It’s not about the money it’s not about none of that. I just see everybody being what they want. That’s what keeps me going. Seeing other people strive for great things. That’s what I want. That’s what ATOMS is about above the ordinary mind state. I feel like you have to break free from the chains of your mind and the social standpoint. Think about what you want not what other people want you to want. This is what I want.
-interview & writing by David Price, IGE staff writer
DOM CHRONICLES “ATOMS” album cover + official tracklisting
1. Get Focused
2. Before I Started Rappin’
3. The Comeup ft. Gee Watts
4. Don’t Trip
5. Main Thang
6. Mutuality ft. Lindsey Alderman
7. We Straight
8. Tough Talk ft. The Abnorm
9. Astral Plane
10. Life Of A Black Sheep
album artwork and photography by Kendu
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#ATOMS coming 7.15.14
DOM CHRONICLES - ATOMS TOUR July 16th - August 10
Dom Chronicles is prepping his debut album “A.T.O.M.S” to release this Summer July 15th via IGE. In conjuction with his album Dom will be touring the midwest with longterm partner in crime and Black Belt Society member, Gen the Assassin, and long time friend of the label, Imperfekt from Mic Hand Recordings, Cedar Rapids, IA.
07.15.14 - A.T.O.M.S. Release Date
07.16.14 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar*
07.17.14 - Saint Louis, MO @ No Coast Skate Shop*
07.17.14 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Demo*
07.24.14 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
07.26.14 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall*
07.30.14 - Cedar Rapids @ The Breakroom*
08.02.14 - Waterloo, IA @ Spicolis Reverb*
08.05.14 - Denver, CO @ Cold Crush (hosting Cocoa Butter weekly)
08.07.14 - Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note*
08.10.14 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
DOM CHRONICLES - Before I Started Rappin
produced by Ohbliv
recorded and mixed by Heez on Fire at North Village Recording
debut album “A.T.O.M.S” coming 7.15.14 on IGE
DOM CHRONICLES - Life of a Black Sheep [video]
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Debut album “A.T.O.M.S” coming 7.15.14 on IGE.
DOM CHRONICLES SIGNS WITH INDYGROUND
Steddy P Live @ MOTM Fest, KCMO [photos]
@ Riot Room Patio, Middle of the Map, in Kansas City, MO on 4/5/14
Photos by Kevin Champ