Do you play any instruments?
I used to play the trumpet and piano when I was young. However, I was pretty good with the trumpet, piano not so much.
Where did you learn to sing so well?
Thank you for the compliment and thangz. I used to sing in my church and my directors would teach me good voice techniques. I also took a voice class at USC.
Is there anything you miss about your old life in the entertainment business?
I enjoyed performing on campus. It was also cool to see people’s reactions. I did enjoy my internship at Atlantic Records in the A&R department.
How often do you rehearse on a weekly basis?
I am always thinking creatively: whether it be writing new songs, thinking about new shows, rehearsing for my studio sessions, rehearsing for shows by dancing and vocal exercises, exploring other creative outlets outside singing etc. Therefore, that combined with the business aspect is a full time job. Day in and day out. Including weekends. Gotta keep those creative juices flowing.
What’s your favorite day of the year and why?
June 6. My birthday. Gemini baby.
Apart from recording hit songs, how else do you spend your time?
Thanks for the compliment. I love to read books, go to happy hours, work out, kick back with friends, and go to networking events. Sometimes the networking turns into net-twerking. It just depends haha. Wait, that can be an idea for a song. Mm Mm Mm.
What’s the riskiest thing that you’ve ever done?
I definitely would say leaving a lucrative business like Wall St. Investment Banking to pursue a career in entertainment, on the creative side, where nothing is promised and the competition is immense.
Would are some typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue a musical career?
I find that many artists release things to the public without doing any sampling of their music with objective listeners, i.e. those who will give you candid feedback. Many people let friends and family hear, who most of the time, are going to support you no matter what.
What would be your ideal way to spend your weekend?
I want to be on a yacht again getting turnt up! I did that last year and definitely want to do it again. For an entire weekend. Cruising. Boozing. Snoozing. Mm Mm Mm!
Would you ever explore your talents as an actor?
Yep! I was heavily involved in acting as a kid and teenager so definitely. I incorporate acting into all my videos. Videos are pretty much mini movies! I did a D.T.K. spoof as well. Haha.
How were connections important in getting you where you are today?
My connections I have made through undergraduate and graduate school are invaluable. You meet people from all over the world. The value in obtaining degrees is not only the education, but also the powerful networks one builds. I also meet people at different events who are always willing to assist. It’s a blessing.
Do you have any pet peeves?
I don’t like when people talk over you and constantly cut you off. It’s extremely annoying. Gone head wit dat dair!
What are small things that make your day better?
Anything that makes me laugh. I like watching funny videos. I love texting as well and making people laugh. So basically, just always staying connected with those who I love and who are genuinely supportive. We are all busy, but finding the time to check in and encourage each other is what makes everything worth it. I also like to meditate and reflect on all the tremendous blessings God has given me and the path He has laid out for me. When I reflect, it’s honestly an emotional and rewarding feeling.
Well, there you have it folks. Until we have the opportunity to hear more form Dom Marcell, check out his debut video for his Doap track “D.T.K.”