NAS 10 Questions with Dom Brinkley

This time, we get to know Dom Brinkley. His brand new track "Crying" is now featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.


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𝟭. Where are you from and what is your hobby?


I am from Melbourne, Australia! Music has always been a hobby of mine since being a kid, but since taking it a bit more seriously, I love things like reading, going to the beach and spending time in nature more.


𝟮. How did your get into music?


Playing guitar at age of 13. I really wanted to learn the song ‘Opportunity’ by Aussie artist Pete Murray, but began getting into rock and roll, and began learning songs by bands like AC/DC, Wolfmother and Led Zeppelin. Began writing songs at age 14 in my bedroom. As a child I loved writing stories so this naturally flowed into writing lyrics.


𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?


I’ve been influenced by a range of artists for different reasons- guitar playing and songwriting are the main ones. Jimi Hendrix has always been a big one for me. To me he’s always been like the ultimate artist. But I also love guitarists like BB King, David Gilmour, Freddie King, John Mayer. In terms of songwriting, there are artists like Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Rodriguez, Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, John Mayer, John Butler Trio, George Harrison.

I also really appreciate the scope of artists like Miles Davis and bands like Weather Report, and am slowly working on the jazz thing... but wouldn’t yet call myself a jazz musician by any means!


4. What are you goals in the music industry?


Honestly, to just express myself authentically through my music. That’s like the ultimate goal for me. Everything else is secondary. Sure, I’d like to have people fall in love with and listen to my music. But as long as I’m making it, I’m happy. If people genuinely connect with my music though- and it makes them feel something deeply, I feel like I have done my work as an artist. I feel like that’s my contribution to the world. I want to leave behind a body of work that reflects my growth as a person, and hopefully someone can connect to that.


5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?

Woodstock, 1969. Imagine playing in front of like 500,000 people. Let alone, people who are there without mobile phones and who are simply vibing to your music.


6. What is your all-time favorite song?


Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin of course. It’s just such a perfect, timeless piece of music. The beautiful evocative lyrics are still mysterious to me, and I find new ways of resonating with them as I grow as a person. But the way the whole band plays with such passion and spirit. All 4 members of Zeppelin were equal to me.


7. Most embarrassing moment?


Too many to name. I can be quite awkward in social situations, but I think I’ve learned to use this to my advantage.


Probably not though. I think I get embarrassed when I trip over my own feet in public, which seems to happen most days when I’m daydreaming. Or at least, twice a week!



8. Proudest accomplishment?

I have many, but one that comes to mind: Releasing a dark, proggy conceptual EP with my band Universal Outcast about mental illness and the darker aspects of human emotion. Whilst I don’t relate to those times anymore, a lot was happening back then in my life and I am very proud to have captured such a time in my life.


9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?


I like to swim in the ocean, even when it’s cold. I like the feeling it gives me when I’m still half asleep in the mornings. I also like to make weird noises to mess with people. Which is a bit lame maybe.


𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?


Oooooh that’s a great one. I’d love to collaborate with Gotye, because he has such an interesting, diverse sound. I would love to write lyrics and learn from his arranging and creative production style.


Stream "Crying" now


https://open.spotify.com/artist/2aGxvmibYBQYwrA1N7zFH2?si=I1vhpipNR5WetXyUdVyKdg


and follow his Instagram


https://www.instagram.com/dombrinkley_music/


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