Dominic Fike Is An Upcoming Superstar You’ll Want To Keep An Eye On
Dominic Fike is a name you’ll definitely be hearing a lot more of in the future. Like most big names in music, Fike seems like he’s creeping into the music scene out of nowhere. However, it wasn’t all fun and games for the Florida native.
With a recently signed deal with Columbia Records for a rumored $4 MILLION, Dominic Fike has an upbringing that the majority of music fans can relate to.
Straight from Naples, Florida, 24-year-old Dominic Fike didn’t have the most ideal childhood, but like many in the same boat, he made the most out of it. His ambiguous appearance will leave you guessing, but he is actually half black, half filipino.
His father was essentially a deadbeat and was raised by a single mom. Although he loves his mom very much, Fike admits she was constantly in and out of jail for drug-related charges. Like most kids from troubled homes, his days were spent hanging out with friends at unsupervised parties, getting into mischief and bonding over music.
He’s not shy about his upbringing either. Fike admits to his former drug use, explaining how he damaged his stomach lining by doing tons of cocaine as a teenager. He even served time in jail for assaulting a police officer. That run-in with the law proved to be a blessing in disguise.
It was during his time behind bars that he was able to focus and work on releasing an album. This is all before his deal with Columbia Records.
Surprisingly, Dominic scrubbed the internet of his previous music, leaving Columbia with nothing to judge his talent by. In fact, before signing his record deal, Fike had virtually no reputation outside of his hometown. There’s a method behind his madness.
A Blend of Genres
Many are surprised to learn that Fike earned his initial following as a freestyle rapper.
When he was younger, he would attend parties where he’d battle with other local rappers and build a name for himself. He eventually started uploading his music to YouTube in order to give his fanbase more access to his work.
Dominic claims the reason for clearing the slate of his older music was to make room for newer, solo stuff he was working on. He figured his fans in Naples were already aware of him but he wanted something more. Something much different than the Soundcloud rappers.
His popularity in Naples led him to form a group with his fellow musician friends.
He called that group “Lame Boys ENT“, initials he has tattooed on his forehead! The Lame Boys were a hit and managed to book a few high-profile gigs. Fike credits these random shows as the reason he got on the radar of major record labels.
Exploding Onto the Scene
Dominic Fike had a grand vision for his debut EP. He spent his time behind bars crafting the music he wanted to debut. He had ideas for creative visuals as well as a long list of tracks. However, he was forced to release the unfinished project before he was released.
That project ended up becoming the first iteration of ‘Don’t Forget About Me, Demos.’ When the deal with Columbia went through, it was re-released as his debut EP.
‘Don’t Forget About Me, Demos’ is made up of 6 songs and runs only 14-minutes.Although it’s short, those handful of songs will grab you and hold your attention. It’s not rap, but it’s not exactly pop. It’s a genre-defying fresh sound that’ll give listeners an understanding of his musical influences.
Those influences include Jack Johnson and bands like Blink-182 and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In fact, he’s such a fan of former Chili Pepper John Frusciante, he has a tattoo of his face on his hand!
From the very first track, 3 Nights, you’ll immediately get a feel for this new style he’s going for. He’s a mix between soulful Jack Johnson and rapper/friend, Kevin Abstract.
Dominic Fike writes songs about what he knows — his own life, troubles and upbringing. He loves collaborating with other young artists. Fike even joined Kevin Abstract on the song ‘Peach‘, which is featured on Abstract’s own album, Arizona Baby.
With captivating lyrics and a sick flow, ‘Don’t Forget About Me, Demos’ is sure to only be the beginning for Dominic Fike, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing his name grouped with artists like Post Malone and Billie Eilish.
With a comfortable amount of money in his pocket, he can sit pretty for a while and polish up his arsenal of songs. With the backing of Columbia, he plans on completing the EP he dreamed of making originally. If these 6 songs are any indication, I am excited for what the rest will sound like.
One last thing — if you’re wondering about the Apple logo tattooed underneath his eye, it’s not because he loves iPhones. It’s actually a dedication to his little sister, adorably named Apple.