ARTIST NAME: Dom Youdan
SONG TITLE: Is Your Lover Still Cool
RELEASE DATE: 11th April 2019
Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
I recently had a fan say during the single launch that this was the best music they had ever heard. Full disclosure, it was my dad but still…
In all seriousness, the response so far has been pretty amazing, with lots of people and fellow artists reaching out to give me digital high fives. It’s great to get ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’ out there and hear people relate to it.
Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.
This year I wanted to write more music, to really fall in love with the process of creating and writing a song.
I think with more music, the immediacy of a connection has become more and more important for me, I know quite quickly if I’m writing something that resonates with me. If it isn’t, I tend not to take it too much further.
Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I’m pretty lucky to be working with some incredibly inspiring producers at the moment in Jack Gray, Tim Tan and I’m just about to dive into some sessions with Dylan Nash, which I’m very pumped about.
But if I could sit down with Kevin Parker, Danny Harley Francis Farewell Starlite, hey I wouldn’t say no (I would say yes, hard).
Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I recently wrote a track together with Eliott who is just an insanely talented human being. I’d love to jump into a session with Ezra Koenig, and if it didn’t work out we could just write for his anime show instead. Oh also, Alex Hope.
Tell us your favorite TV show and state your reason.
At this very moment, I would have to say season one of True Detective. It’s just crime perfection, incredible writing, direction, cinematography, and performances. I saw that beast in a heartbeat. I couldn’t bring myself to watch season two when I heard it had lost the magic. But, I’m finally ready to give it a go.
Tell us your best mood to create a song.
I try to write in every mood because it completely impacts the direction of the track. The most important thing is to just sit in front of your keyboard or guitar and start writing.
Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.
Creating something that people truly connect with and relate to.
Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Basically, I’m just naming artists who have inspired me so The Weeknd, Troye Sivan, Brendon Urie, Mura Masa, Sampha, and Julia Jacklin.
Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
My first time performing…how can I forget? It was an open mic night and I’d been frantically teaching myself guitar for two weeks and trying to summon the courage to actually go on stage and sing. I had no idea what the etiquette was for performing at an open mic, you know that you stay to listen to everyone else (obviously). But I was so nervous, I wanted to get in there and get out. And that’s exactly what I did as everyone looked on, disappointed.
Tell us how you approach songwriting.
Melody first, almost every time; I try to build as much of the song in my head as I can as that’s the moment I find myself most free for creation, and then when I have a few melodies and moments I’m vibing, I’ll start figuring out chord structure and instrumentation.
Then, we move onto production. But, keen to actually experiment with the process more this year and start writing more songs that are beat-led, etc.
Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.
I love it; I think it’s an absolute must. I’m a singer-songwriter first and foremost but I really try to be open to new music, sounds, and inspiration. It’s the best way to constantly evolve as an artist.
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
When my first single came out and didn’t go quite as well as I hoped, I had a day of being a broken man ha. It’s pretty gutting when it is something you’re so invested in. But, it’s also this huge wake-up call. The inspiration can come from rejection. I’m still proud of my rejections, but it definitely drives me to keep going.
Elaborate on what compels you to sing.
For a very long time, I didn’t want to sing, I was terrified of performing or even being someone who has a story to tell. But now, it’s such a huge part of how I feel, connect and share. Singing is my story, whether you’re in the shower on shitting yourself on stage…
Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.
Personally, I love them both. I love blending the two. Digital recording gives you such incredible control and creativity, but in analog, you have the emotion, particularly as I’ll always start a song with an analog process.
Tell us how you record your vocals.
I use an Aston Origin, and Apollo Duo pumped through UAD Pultec Pro, Teletronix LA2, two reverb plug-ins, and then a few bits of Soundtoys secret sauce.
Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.
I’m spending more and more time with Ableton, I love the simplicity of it, though it still could be so much better when it comes to vocal takes and compilation. Plus, it’s there ready to go when I need to perform live. Apollo Duo is a beast.
Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.
As an emerging artist, I’m forever thankful to CDs, just from a merch point of view. It’s a great moment to really symbolize connecting with a fan. I still have my own collection and every CD I own feels like memory as much as a piece of music. A lot of that is lost in digital, but the access digital music provides to fans is pretty incredible.
Elaborate on the song.
‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’ is a song that’s as much about growing up as it is about falling in love. It a very honest moment that plays to the tropes of being a geek or cool and questioning if any of it really matters.
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“The track swells with warm melodies and intimate vocals as Youdan gracefully croons about unrequited love, all while mixing in some witty lyrical quips – including a masterful Fred Durst reference.”
– Music Feeds
London-born, Sydney-based songwriter Dom Youdan shares the sweeping new single ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool.’ It’s a dynamic track, which strikes at the heart of unrequited love through the warm, unfurling production; layers of electronica; organic instrumentation; Dom’s tender vocals.
Speaking about ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’, Youdan says: “I was an outrageous geek growing up, Is Your Lover Still Cool speaks to that; of not fitting in and feeling something for someone who doesn’t really see you. This song’s as much about gaining perspective as it is falling in love.”
Unreturned emotion is a well-trodden subject, and yet Dom Youdan handles it with such personal intimacy; that genuine feeling most of all heard in his honest lyrics…
Working with filmmaker Daniel Hartley-Allen, Youdan brought his song to life on screen with a music video that matches up beautifully with the tenderness of the original piece of music.
Playing with darker tones and lush yet lo-fi production, ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’ earned top video treatment.
“The video is dripping with nostalgia. We shot it in this karting and laser tag arena, and they let us run wild. The goal was to take this typical retro moment in your childhood and turn it into a dynamic cinematic landscape.” – Dom Youdan
Dom Youdan found himself being signed on a Skype call before even releasing his first single.
“Turns out the best way for a musician to stand out in London is to move to Australia!” says Dom after being discovered by London and Los Angeles-based Hi-Tea Records and LME Publishing (Dido, Andreya Triana).
This pivotal moment was preceded by the songwriter’s time in the United Kingdom, in which he would commute three and a half hours every day to and from a job he didn’t care for and felt he was merely surviving instead of thriving.
Like many of us, Dom Youdan escaped into his mind and on these painstakingly long journeys, he began writing melodies to pass the time, Youdan went on to teach himself guitar and piano, write songs and play his first gig by the age of twenty-four.
It was at his second-ever live gig that Youdan fell for an Australian in the audience, and this was the spark that inspired the newfound songwriter to go on his Australian adventure releasing his debut Tigerlily EP in 2017.
Youdan’s forthcoming EP explores his personal and collective memories, taking a universal, youthful moment and blurring them with his own – creating a space for discomfort and nostalgia.