Earlier this week The Music Fix caught up with Kris from epic goth-rockers Dommin, fresh from returning home from touring Europe in support of their brand new record Love Is Gone.
First up, could you tell The Music Fix readers a little about how you guys formed?
The formation of Dommin was a slow evolution. The band was originally just me and my brother back in 2000. I would write songs and demo from home. Eventually when I wanted to play this music live, I had to find good guys who were willing to help me realize this vision. After a few lineup changes, Billy James joined the band in 2002, Konstantine joined in 2006 and Cameron joined in 2008.
You recently released your second full-length album 'Love Is Gone', how are you feeling about its release and how was the writing and recording process for the album?
I actually consider this album our debut. The only thing we released previously was a full length that was really two demo sessions put together. Most of what was on that release is on Love Is Gone. I feel very good about the release. I feel like the emotion of the songs and the vibe was captured very well. We didn't necessarily write for the album. It was more a process of picking the songs from years of writing that we wanted to use to make the first impression. I recorded the album with Lucas Banker and Logan Mader at their studio off of Melrose Ave in Hollywood. And since I already had a 3 year friendship with the guys, the recording process was smooth and comfortable. They knew that they had to capture the most authentic performance so we did most everything in one take.
What kind of bands influence you when you're writing and recording and what do you enjoy listening to in your spare time?
I'm influenced by so many things. In the rock world, I listen to Rammstein, Danzig, Type O Negative, AC/DC and KISS. I also get a lot of out Depeche Mode, Fiona Apple and Sia. However, the majority of time, what I listen to for pleasure tends to be swing music from the 30's and 40's and all the old crooners like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Vaughn Monroe.
You've just got back from a European tour, including an appearance on the hallowed soil of Donington at the Download Festival. How was it experiencing a UK festival as big as Download and what was the reaction like?
Outdoor festivals in the day time isn't the ideal way I'd like people to experience the band. I prefer to have a controlled environment that allows me to really create a visual and sonic experience. However, it was great to step outside our comfort zone and to be a part of such a legendary festival and share the stage with so many icons. We all really enjoyed ourselves and hopefully we can do it again soon.
When you guys played at Download, you did a cover of '(I Just) Died In Your Arms' by Cutting Crew. Why were you drawn to cover this particular track?
It wasn't originally my idea. Lucas Banker, my producer suggested it after feeling like it was such a good song that if approached in a modern way could really have new life breathed in it and be a song that not only matched the theme of the current album but also be a recognizable song that may turn new fans onto Dommin. Needless to say, I agreed and it's become a highlight for a lot of people who see us for the first time.
What's next in the pipeline for Dommin?
We'll be doing a short string of headlining shows to get us from Los Angeles to New York in early August where we meet up with Volbeat and support them back to the West Coast. If the second half of 2010 is anything like the first half, then we have a lot to look forward to.