Dom Mcallister

With only two songs currently up on Soundclound, singer songwriter Dom McAllister is keeping his talents close to his chest. Both tracks carry a similar sense of acoustic heartbreak and urban soul that Lianne Le Havas and Ed Sheeran have mastered so well and set a promisingly high bar for the talented teenager. With Bucks Music (also home to Ed) just signing him up, we spent 30 seconds with Dom to discover where his head is currently at...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Nov 2013
  • min read
Singer songwriter Dom McAllister has just signed a publishing deal with Bucks Music and, at 19 years old, he’s one of the youngest talents on their books.

With only two songs currently up on Soundclound, Dom is keeping his talents close to his chest. Both Grow Old and Long Gone carry a similar sense of acoustic heartbreak and urban soul that Lianne Le Havas and Ed Sheeran have mastered so well and set a promisingly high bar for the talented teenager.

Using music-making for its cathartic properties, Dom is fast learning the ropes and has a natural lyrical ability.

He was first introduced to the music of Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin by his father, which inspired him to try his hand at songwriting.

Then last year he was discovered by Bless Beats, who has written for De La Soul, Boy George and Wiley, at the Roundhouse venue in London where he had been recording some demos.

We spent 30 seconds with him to find out where his head is currently at…

I first started writing music because…
Something silly was bothering me, I can't exactly remember what but, I knew I just needed to put it pen to paper and be productive about it. So I guess that's how I write my songs ever since that feeling.

I have been making music since…
I picked up the guitar when I was 16. It became very important to me by 18 and it is essential to my existence since then.

My music is…
My music is a mixture of acoustic pop, soul and gospel with a hint of hip-hop. The meaning of the songs is quite straight forward - I always hope that the story I'm telling is honest and clear to listeners.

You'll like me if you listen to...
I guess you'll like me if you listen to old soul from the fifties and sixties - it's what I like myself so it kind of rubs off into the music. Also, if you like a bit dark humour and bluntness in music then you'll like it.

My favourite venue is…
My favourite venue at the moment is Proud Camden because the place is full of history - you feel ‘the history’ when you're on stage or even just hanging out there. Also, the sound is amazing!

Music is important because…
Music is important because you will always find songs, if not many at least one song that you'll connect with as if it's about your life or any situation you're going through. It's nice to know that someone from the past or currently is going through the same thing.

My biggest inspiration is…
My biggest inspiration is Sam Cooke. He's my Dad’s inspiration too. When I was younger soul music was always playing at home in the background – I got obsessed with it when I was like 17. As I say, I came to my senses when Sam became my hero too.

My dream collaboration would be…
Nas and Lauryn Hill just because they inspired me as a writer. They're so raw and real in their music.

To try me out, listen to my song…
To try me out, listen to my song Grow Old. It's one of the couple songs I have on Soundcloud.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
If I wasn't making music I'd probably be studying to be an illustrator. It was something I was really interested until music came along. Nowadays, I have to force myself to draw or paint whereas music just comes out naturally.

In 10 years time I want to be...
In 10 years time I want to see a big difference in my songwriting and vocals. One of the main reasons I do music is so I can better myself as an artist. Hopefully a more mature version of me.

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