We’re almost sad to begin this post. Interviewing Dom was a lot of fun, and once again we need to say thank you for his time, efforts and extreme patience with our questions! As most fans realize, every band member has a life beyond the stage. In today’s blog we spend a little time getting to know a little bit more about Dom – after the DoJo (as opposed to JoSi, you see…), after the screaming fans (like us) go home. Daily Duranie: Aside from your family, what is the one thing you miss most from home while you are on tour? Dom Brown: PG Tips tea bags…I never take enough with me on the road! Oh, and it’s hard to find a good curry!
Daily D: OK, so you’re at home after a long tour. What have you been up to since we last saw you? Dom: Well, the first thing I did was spend a few, much longed for, days relaxing with the family at home. I have just moved into a new recoding studio that I am very excited about. That took a few weeks to set up and settle into and now I’m into writing and recording for various projects. Daily D: If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would have done for a career? Dom: I would love to have been involved in making films. Daily D: We’ve read that you got your first guitar at 13 – are you completely self-taught or did you take lessons? Dom: Yes, I was 13 and I had about 5 lessons initially with a teacher called Ray Major. Other than that I am totally self-taught, though I did have some jazz lessons as part of my music diploma. Daily D: So about that diploma… what kind of music did you study? Dom: Yes, I studied popular music with recording and opted for the 2 year diploma. Daily D: Do you have a “go-to” guitar? You know, the first one you grab whenever you’re sitting down and that sort of thing? Dom: Yes, my 1963 Fender Strat is a beauty! Daily D: How would you describe yourself musically? I know the blues were a big influence, but what else? How would you describe your playing style? Dom: I consider myself to be versatile and eclectic. Rock was my first real live while at school, followed by an obsession with blues, funk and jazz at college. I tend to go through phases where I put a lot of heart and energy into a particular artist and do become quite obsessed with them for an intense period. Some examples are: initially Pink Floyd, Led Zep and AC/DC, followed by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Brown, then Bowie Prince and the Beatles, then Jeff Buckley, who was probably the last artist that truly blew me away.
Daily D: We heard you were living in the states for a while, how long ago and why?
Dom: I did love my time living in LA in the mid 90’s as a young striving musician. I played most of the LA clubs but really loved the atmosphere at the Troubadour.
Daily D: Do you think that you have a favorite band or musician in the same way that the Duran fans love the band? (For example, you would drop everything to go and see them play. Maybe even fly across an ocean…)
Dom: Not really now, but in the past most definitely. Some of the artists I mentioned above.
Daily D: The Social Media question. Twitter and Facebook – do you love them or hate them?
Dom: I think they are great social medias, and I wish I could get more involved and spend more time but for some reason I just can’t make it a major habit.
Daily D: Most fans have probably noticed the tattoo of your daughter’s name on your arm. Do you have others?
Dom: I have Floyd, my son’s name, on my right shoulder…that’s all.
Daily D: What do you like to do when you’re not working – which we see isn’t very often!
Dom: Reading, watching box sets, movies and eating great food. Also going for family walks and of course going on family holidays.
Daily D: One last question before we leave you in peace…what do you have planned for over the winter holidays?
Dom: Not really much other than staying warm, eating and drinking to excess, trying to have as much fun as possible and spoiling the kids.
That sounds a lot like the holidays most fans probably have planned!! Thank you very, very much Dom and we hope you and your family have wonderful holidays – we look forward to hearing more from you in 2013!!
We also need to send out a special thank you to Katy Krassner, who helped coordinate the timing for this blog and was also very patient with our constant “Can we post the interview yet?” love notes. It takes a lot of coordinating to make the news funnel from Duran Duran to the rest of the world – their fans and the various media outlets – work properly and smoothly, so we really do thank Katy for everything she does.
As we said, this was our first interview. Never once did either of us ever consider the possibility of actually interviewing someone in the band when we began this blog, and we won’t lie – it was very exciting to have this opportunity. We found that we really are not journalists, and we know we missed asking about a thousand things that other people might have asked. As I (Rhonda) read and edit this final interview segment, I find myself saying “Why didn’t I ask ______? How stupid of me!!” So, if you’re saying that too, we’re sorry. Live, learn and apply the knowledge for the next one if we should ever be so lucky, right? We’ve been bursting at the seams for literally months now, in anticipation of publishing this interview, and we hope that all of you enjoyed our little gift to you for 2012. We have huge hopes for 2013, beginning with a much more peaceful planet. We believe that we can all agree on that. Oh, and we’ll catch you on the other side of this whole “End of the world on 12-21-12″….
-A & R
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