Dom Robinson’s definitely one to watch; BBC Radio 1 have already pegged him as a pretty exciting up and comer. So far the Leeds based lad has released 5 EPs, gigged in Europe and Japan but has even bigger ambitions. His music is soulful and uplifting and his latest track ‘Pieces of You’ is so beautifully crafted it could bring tears to the hardest geezer you know.
We sat down with the man himself to ask a few questions…
Can you tell me about tours and big gigs that stand out for you?
Last April I got the opportunity to support Nathan Ball for three dates in Holland. It was the first real tour I’d been a part of and it was a great place to do it. They were all house intimate house shows and everyone was really welcoming and receptive. A couple of years ago I played a Sofar Sounds with Rag’n’Bone Man too which I didn’t know about until the day and that was pretty great.
Where was your first gig?
The first time I played a solo show was in Lincoln at a night called Youngplugged at The Drill Hall. I played the first song I ever wrote called ‘The Wizard’ and a cover of Busted’s ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’!
Who’s your favourite artist?
It’s between Keaton Henson and Bon Iver. They’ve both had a big influence on the way I write and produce music over the years.
What would you describe your sound as for people who haven’t listened to you before?
I never know how to answer this, but I just aim for a mix between all the artists that I like and who influence me. It’s laid back, floaty acoustic music.
What’s your favourite track to play live?
Probably ‘Pieces of You’, it’s a track that means a bit more than most and one I’m proud of so it’s always nice to play it for people.
Where’s your favourite place to play?
I always like playing at Headrow House in Leeds where I work. I’ve played there four or five times now supporting various artists and it’s consistently good and everybody’s always keen to come down.
What do you think of the music scene in Leeds?
It’s great! It’s the reason I’ve stuck around in Leeds after I finished uni. There’s so much going on and every genre seems to thrive here because of it.
What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
The thing that jumps to mind straight away is getting a couple of tracks played on BBC Radio 1, that’s been surreal and I can’t imagine that feeling going away. Playing our first full band show at Y Not Festival on the BBC Introducing stage was amazing too.
What would you ultimately like to achieve in your career?
I’d like to ultimately be able to make a living from music. If I was able to dedicate my time just to writing and recording music then I’d be happy.