Hi Kristofer, congratulations to your great debut album “Love Is Gone”. Please describe the reactions to the CD in your own opinion?
Thank you! The reaction to the CD has been really overwhelming and beyond anything I expected. I think press and fans alike feel a lot like I feel when I created the music, that something very special has happened or been discovered.
It’s your first record. I think some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
The band started as a solo project of mine from the other bands I was in at the time. So from about 2000 to 2003, I would write everything and play most of the instruments. I added my childhood friend and former band-mate in 2003 and two years later, I met Konstantine who joined in 2006. Then we auditioned Cameron and he joined in 2008. I am the main songwriter in the band but I love collaborating and turning a spark that someone will give me into an inferno. Hopefully there will be a lot more collaborating in the future. I met Lucas Banker, half of the Dirty Icon production team in 2005. Lucas Banker discovered a demo of mine through a friend of a friend and called me out of the blue in a weird twist of fate. He brought me into meet his partner Logan Mader and from there we started recording music and the relationship began between Dommin
and Dirty Icon productions. We would spend any extra time those guys had between albums recording different songs and even doing some writing together.
We'd like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influences?
As a kid, I was exposed to KISS and AC/DC and that blossomed my love for music. From there my interest in music broadened to bands like Metallica, Danzig, Type O Negative, Rammstein, and Depeche Mode. As far as guitar goes, my favorite guitar players are Ace Frehely and Jimi Hendrix. But I'm more of a rhythm player.
Do you care about the opinion of the press? A lot of people (press/magazines) say, you play type of Goth Rock…and this kind of genre could be very boring, isn´t it?
My experience with the press has been quite positive so far. But I'm sure that can change overnight. I wouldn't call what we play Goth Rock but I understand everyone's need to label things so that they can better understand them. My experience with most of our fans is that people are under the impression we are a goth band until they see us live or hear more than a few songs, then they start to hear what it is we are doing. It's dark, certainly. It's also certainly rock. That's why I use those simple terms to describe the music we do, Dark Rock.
What is your message behind “Love Is Gone”. Lyrics, artwork, your style, bandname, hairstyle (do you want to say “I´m the son of Glenn Danzig”:-) or something like that)…?
I'm not out there to preach any message. If there is a message, it's unintentional. I've always just made the music that I want to hear. And I think people related a lot to the experiences I have had and the emotions I've had. So I guess the unintentional message is that we all go through these things and we come out the other side okay. You're not alone. There is a guy out there who has felt the same thing. Regarding the artwork, I usually come up with the concepts and have someone else who is talented at created art actually draw the things out. I use a guy named Donny Phillips. I think he understands me and what I look for, almost like an interpreter. The artwork on the album portrays the leaving behind of innocence and the undamaged, unaffected being I once was. The white rose is left there to wilt. Regarding the hair, it's just a hair style. It makes some people very angry and that makes me smile. But I consider it more of a throw back to an exaggerated rockabilly style than a punk rock thing. I'm certainly a fan of early Danzig stuff. But I don't define myself by a hair style. I do different things depending on the day and how I feel.
…by the way, some press statements in Germany are: “Dommin use a lot of sounds like the early Danzig, Him, Type O Negative and Volbeat-stuff, your voice sounds like Glenn Danzig meets Keith Caputo and your bandstyle is like Goth meets Rockabilly”?! How would you describe your own music?
Well, as I said before, people need their labels. I tend to think we are the first Dommin. But we certainly have our influences. It doesn't bother me. For me the proof is in the result. Usually the people that use those references only have heard one or two songs.
Where do you get your inspirations from for your lyrics and you great sound from? What are your musical influences in your opinion?
My inspirations come from my experiences. Ex-girlfriends for the most part and just the world through my eyes. I don't really know any other way to write than from the things I am most passionate about in life. I think I always have the rock influences, but I tend to listen to a lot more music from the 30's and 40's than anything else. I think if you took music from that era and turned it into rock, you'd get what Dommin is.
How and why did you choose the album cover? Is there a further meaning behind it? The rose looks like a “Heart”...
The rose is something we commonly use in our imagery. I have created a symbol called the Rose-Skull. It’s a representation of things that are desirable and dangerous. And usually dangerous because of what you are willing to do for the object of your desire. The white rose left in the vacant space is symbolic of leaving innocence behind. The first chapter in the story of Dommin is one of pain and heart-ache. It's an album of scars. And leaving the rose is a representation of that.
What the hell: how do you get the deal with the big record company Roadrunner Records (– Love Is Gone it´s your debut album!)? Songs like “My Heart…”, “New” and “Love Is Gone” are great to play it on the radio/TV…
I think Roadrunner
understands what I'm doing. If these songs get any kind of radio or television play, that will certainly help the word spread about Dommin. It's nice to not be alone in doing all this.
What are your next plans?! …do you have some new songs (in your head, in your heart)?
I've got a lot of songs. For now it's relentless touring and putting ourselves out there as much as possible. Regarding new music, whenever it's time to do a new album, I'll be ready to tell Chapter 2.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany –again- (in more cities). Best whishes to you all, good luck with your label and your CD.
Thank you. I just encourage everyone to listen to more than one song. Each song is a small piece to a much bigger picture. And for those that are fans, I encourage you to come see us live. We love meeting fans and make ourselves very accessible. We want to connect with our fans all around the world. Dommin