A DJ since the tender age of 14, Dominic Stanton’s musical journey began with UK hip-hop and has since led him through lessons in jungle, Detroit, Brazilian, jazz, funk, soul…the list go ones…with a basic premise of anything that is soulful is in the bag. As a producer he started his career as Sonar Circle in the mid-nineties operating in the realm of drum and bass on the Reinforced label.
Issuing his first 12″ as Domu on 2000 Black in the summer of 99, the first Domu LP “Up and Down” was released on Archive in September ’01. Since then highlights have come in the form of the Rima album on JCR [with Volcov] and remixes for Cinematic Orchestra, Michelle Lawson, 4 Hero, King Britt and Jazzanova. The work of this highly prolific produceer has been issued under several aliases – Umod, Domu, Zoltar, Sonar Circle, Rima – to name a few and vary widely in their styling from contemporary disco and deep house to harsh broken beat and Detroit flavoured techno.
“I’m doing a remix of ‘Beeping’, a track from the last Jazztronik album,” he says when I ask about current work. “I did a remix for Daedelus on Ninja Tune about a year ago that is only now about to come out. As for my own productions I’ve just done a new scene for the ‘Legends Of The Underground’ project I’m working on. It’s an original soundtrack for visual and dance that Kindred Spirits are putting out that features me, Seiji, Mark de Clive Lowe and Bembe Segue. The next Domu album ‘Return Of The Rogue’ has just been released on Archive and I’ve just finished the debut album for Nicola Kramer who’s previously done vocals for Rima and Bakura.”
As well as his studio skills Domu is quite simply a ferocious DJ. Making his debut as an guest artist here at Southport Weekender this November, this is however not his first visit to the event. “I remember seeing Snowboy and Gilles Peterson the last time I came, “ he remembers fondly. “Incognito were on as well and they were excellent. I remember being amazed that there was so much good stuff on at the same time – it was such a concentration of good music and all these people were really up for it. The atmosphere was so impressive. In fact it’s a bit of a daunting task to be returning as a DJ this time. I’ve got a lot to live up to.”