Have a soul tribe. You are who you hang out with. Your soul tribe supports you. It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. Use your soul tribe to help you with your weaknesses. Its okay to ask for help.
As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Domini Monroe. Domini is a Pop Recording Artist from Brooklyn, New York. She is a singer-songwriter on the rise with a distinctive edge. Her music is considered Pop Dancehall with New Age and RnB influences. Her vibe is mystical yet chill and appeals to people of all ages worldwide. She was first discovered at the age of 8 when she sang the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Domini plays the role of The Protagonist with her music as she writes off of her own experiences and shares them with the world. Her poetic and relatable lyrics let people envision themselves as characters or readers in her timeless and captivating stories. All over the world, Domini Monroe’s loyal fans write in to tell her how comforting and relatable her songs have been during the tough times in their own lives. Domini donates a quarter of her life to helping many charities by performing for their event fundraisers. For her first single “Pump My Heart” she donated to the American Cancer Society and used the slogan “Keep those hearts pumping.” Her single “Read Between The Lines” was put on rotation in radio stations and the music video was accepted to VEVO and successfully became a viral sensation. Beyond the music industry, Domini will be making her acting debut in the coming TV Series “The Neighborhood” written and directed by the talented William DeMeo. Domini has had many live performances most notably being asked to open for talents such as In Real Life, Aaron Carter, and other well known artists. Domini is a beautiful soul who inspires her fans known as the “Domin8tors” with her beauty, confidence, pure heart, and talent.
Thank you so much for doing this with us Domini! Can you tell us the story of how and where you grew up?
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York I was surrounded by all types of music that influenced who I am as a person, artist, and created my vibe.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
I grew up on stage at the NYC Metropolitan Opera House. I was always surrounded by chorus’ and musical kids. After it was time for me to leave the opera, I was asked to play a main role as Cinderella, a children’s operetta located at the Crested Butte Opera House. During rehearsals, it was there that I met Heather Holley and Dina Fanai; two very talented and credible creative artists. They told me that I had a beautiful voice and that I should try my hand in Pop songwriting. They said I had the look and the talent to succeed in that career. They influenced the beginning of Domini Monroe. I wrote my first song that year after my first heartbreak. I performed the song for a school show and people were in love with it. I fell in love with two things that night. These two things became why I do what I do. I fell in love with expressing myself and then watching others relate and heal through my situations. I learned in hindsight, I had social anxiety and that I was extremely introverted. Music became my outlet of expression and my path to being understood.
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career as a singer/songwriter?
I have so many stories..most of them turned into song concepts. The best one is, I almost quit music because people were trying to change everything about me…my sound, look, voice etc. I was getting so depressed that I almost walked away. That night, I got a dm on instagram from a producer saying he was looking for a songwriter to fly to California. I knew if I got on that plane something magical and with divine purpose was going to happen. It was too “coincidental” …which I don’t believe in coincidences. The universe was opening up a path for my next step. That step ended up being when I recorded my song “HOME”. This song just surpassed all my songs with getting over 100,000 streams on Spotify and it’s still growing rapidly everyday. So, my intuition was right. That trip always changed my energy bringing my confidence and understanding within who I am as an artist and person. Everything changed that day.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting out in the music industry? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Oh boyyyyy..I had a show where I was rushing to get my set together and one of the songs I used the wrong backing track. I thought it was my backing track to a cover that I was singing …. it wasn’t. It wound up being the original song. I realized while I was on stage that the music sounded different but I performed it anyway on top of the main artist’s voice. Thankfully, no one noticed and the fans loved my entire set. It taught me no matter what..ALWAYS check everything. No matter what, always put yourself first, breathe, and double check.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I have a very exciting EP coming up! I have a self love song coming soon. It’s funny how my personal life and my career life aligned for this song. So many people told me it was my hit and I’ve had it behind the scenes waiting for 2 years. That’s only one song off the EP that I’ll share about. I’m also very excited to bring these songs to life visually so my fans can almost have a look into my mind and the beautiful mess inside it.
I’m very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in music? How can that potentially affect our culture?
Well one of my songs literally says that diversity intrigues me…so I agree! I feel diversity is a big part of who we are as a whole. I’m half Italian, half mutt, and I’m a Brooklynite. I get diversity. Diversity brings people together.
From your personal experience, can you recommend three things the community/society/the industry can do to help address some of the diversity issues in the entertainment business?
I think people need to close their eyes and just use their ears and soul to listen to music. I think the soul speaks a language everyone gets if they allow themselves to be open to it. The three things I recommend for society to not even just face diversity but handle life is they need to get empathy, comprehension, and lose their ego.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or an example for each.
- BE YOU! Don’t let anyone tell you how to be you. Most of the adversities I faced were about that. I tried to listen and grab on to people that I thought knew better and they led me down the wrong path.
- Have a soul tribe. You are who you hang out with. Your soul tribe supports you. It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. Use your soul tribe to help you with your weaknesses. Its okay to ask for help.
- Network! Always put yourself out there you never know who can lend a hand or open a door.
- Self care! Its okay to not be on instagram everyday. Take a bath and relax…the social media world will still be there. Take care of your energy.
- Keep on going! Keep evolving. You’re constantly changing…just like the world and that’s a good thing. Grow and don’t be scared to do so. Keep at your craft and use your growth to flourish.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
ENERGY!!! Keep your energy. The same way you can use sage to cleanse yourself…cleanse people out. Don’t be afraid to let people leave that aren’t good for you. Stay hydrated, especially during full and new moons. And, Self care! Honestly it’s so important for you to date yourself.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good for the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I would love for there to be an understanding and for people to empathize with people with Celiac Disease. Because Gluten free became a trend, people don’t understand the dire need for places to not have cross contamination and options to eat SAFELY. I have Celiac Disease so this is very important to me.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My mom. She’s been with me every step of the way. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly she kept my Phoenix wings lit on fire… and never let them go out. She’s the fire beneath my wings.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Everything happens for a reason. I don’t actually know who came up with this quote, but it has been my life motto for years. Honestly in life everything ends up having a purpose. I’m a manifestor and sometimes even the things I manifest will come later in time because I have learned to trust the universe and its timing. It always ends up being better than I imagined. So, always trust what belongs to you..will come.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
Oprah! She is such an inspiration to me. She built herself up from nothing. She is the definition of perseverance and elegance combined. She is also a manifestor and I would love to chat about the universe, manifesting and infinite possibilities over a gluten free breakfast, lunch, or dinner…I’m meeting Oprah I’m not being picky lol.
And… if I had to squeeze in a second person… Andrew Bazzi because I feel our minds are so similar and I’d love to pick his brain and talk about a possible collab.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram @dominimonroe
My Facebook Page can be found at: Domini Monroe
My Twitter Account: Domini Monroe
My VEVO Channel: DominiMonroeVEVO
Also find me on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and all other music platforms under Domini Monroe.