The story starts in 1992 or so
, when the 14 year old Brit, Dominic Stanton
, bought turntables and started spinning early drum'n'bass. He transitioned from DJ to producer, made demo tracks, and got signed by age 17. He went on to produce broken beat*
and jazzy downtempo*
, even into the realm of disco edits. Then about two weeks ago, the 31 year old musician called it quits.
The point is that I am no longer Domu. He is a character, always has been, and as of Friday 13th November 2009, he no longer exists. Neither does Umod, Sonar Circle, Bakura, Yotoko, Rima, Zoltar, Blue Monkeys, Realside or any of the other names I put out music under. I am cancelling all my gigs and not taking any more. My hotmail is closed, my Twitter is closed and my Facebook is closed.
Furthermore, his website is closed and the original post of his farewell message is lost, though you can still view the cached version
or find it copied elsewhere
. Domu's website now simply states This really is The End . . .
Step inside for an abbreviated journey.
Dominic Stanton's musical interests were first hip-hop and acid house and techno
. From there, he followed the early days of jungle and drum'n'bass as a DJ, later producing some tracks and sending demos around, eventually signing with Dennis 'Dego' McFarlane and Mark 'Marc Mac' Clair
on their label, Reinforced Records
. For the first recording on Reinforced, Stanton joined two other guys and formed Static Imprints for one single
, released in 1996
. Then the trio became a duo, known as Sonar Circle
, and they released their first three singles in 1997, including Devient Concept
/ Keep My Sanity
. The duo released another single in 1998, and the only Sonar Circle album, Radius
, came out in 1999. The duo became a solo artist, with Stanton becoming the only person behind the name. He released two more singles and two EPs by 2003, but had largely moved onto other projects.
Dominic Stanton's most prolific profile started in 1999, when the Domu
single Dressed to Ill
was released on the 2000 Black
label, a broken beat/ future jazz/ deep house imprint of the drum'n'bass focused Reinforced Records label. In 2000, Domu released his first single on the Italian Archive label
, where he later released two albums (2001
). In 2007, Domu produced an album
for Pete Simpson
on the Papa Records
label. And this past summer, Tru Throughts
released a compilation
of what Stanton considered the most important works of his from the last 10 years
Stanton's two other solo projects were Umod
. The former was more sample-based than his other work
, and as Umod he released an album and a single in 2004, another single in 2006, plus some odd tracks. Zoltar was more of a one-off personality, and is credited for a 2004 single and a remix of a Umod track.
The rest of his musical creations were collaborations. There were at least 10 profiles for these joint efforts, ranging from the one offs as Kudu
(one single in 2000) and Blue Monkeys
(one single in 2001), to the longer lasting Bakura
, which produced an album in 2005
and a few singles. Another group was Legends of the Underground
, a multimedia performance group based on music created by Stanton, Mark De Clive-Lowe
and Paul "Seiji" Dolby
(the trio had earlier collaborated as Kudu). The soundtrack was released on Kindred Spirits in Amsterdam
in 2005. Live shows merged music, dance, and an animated 3D world
(3D glasses supplied
Along with production and DJing, Dominic Stanton started the online label TrembleO
, focusing on digital distribution of new and old tracks of his own creation, as well as other artists and a few releases on CD and vinyl. The official site was taken down, but the MySpace page
is still public.
In the wake of the announcement, there was much discussion on blogs and forums, and much use of the twitter tag 'weloveyouDomu'
. Tribute mixes a
, highlighting the history of Dominic Stanton
. People pulled out past mixes from Domu
, letting the man speak for himself. He might return, or maybe find something else to fill his life. Until then, there is a vibrant past to re-live.
1997- Sonar Circle - Devient Concept
(6:04), from Devient Concept/Keep My Sanity
2001- Sonar Circle - Havoc
(5:59), from the Havoc EP
2001- Aardvarck - ReSpoken (Domu's Broken Dialect Mix)
(6:21), from the Re Spoken 12"
2003- Bakura - Thinking About (Domu Mix)
(5:34), from the Veya Veya / Thinking About 12"
2005- Domu - Quarantine
(6:20), from The Electric Institute
2007- Domu presents Pete Simpson - Coming Back Around video
(4:29) and Play This Song
(4:41), from the album Look a Little Further
2007- Domu presents Pete Simpson - Look A Little Further (The Muthafunkaz 12" Vocal Mix)
(7:00), from the Look a Little Further
2007- Making of Swell Session video
(3:02), from Swell Communications
featuring Domu and Elsa Esmeralda
2008- Broke'n'£nglish - Take It Low (Domu Remix)
(5:09), from the Take It Low 12"
2008- Replife - Put It Down (Domu Remix)
(4:41), from Put It Down / R U Ready 7"
2009- Domu & Yannah Valdevit - City Madness (A&D's 4 The Summer Mix)
(2:25), sample from the City Madness / Info People
2009- Tortured Soul - Home To You (Domu Remix)
(5:17), from the Home To You
2009- Interview in Paris
(3:23), posted after his announcement to retire but recorded in the months prior
Mixes by Domu
2004- Interview and mixset for Red Bull Music Academy
Feb 22, 2005- Live from CSUF
(scroll down for the link to the mix, read more on his profile
October 2007- Exclusive Domu guest mix for Urban Landscapes
[dates unknown]- TrembelO Radio Show
, showcasing Domu and a rotating cast of extras including Shifty, Marin, and Soza.