Dominic Fike’s Debut EP, ‘Don’t Forget About Me’, Demos is in a Genre of its Own.
Dominic Fike is a name you’ve most likely never heard of until recently. Like most big names in music, Fike seems like he’s creeping into the music scene out of nowhere, and he will likely stay for a while.
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, 22 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 although he loves his mom very much, 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 lots of cocaine as a teenager. He also served time in jail for assaulting a police officer, which proved to be a blessing in disguise. It was during this jail time that Fike was able to focus and work on releasing his EP before his deal with Columbia Records.
What’s surprising about Dominic signing with a major label is that he scrubbed the internet of his music, leaving them with nothing to go off of. Before signing with Columbia, Fike had virtually no reputation outside of Naples. Why would he do this? There’s a method behind his madness.
A Blend of Genres
If you didn’t already go off and search Dominic Fike on Apple Music or Spotify, you’d be surprised to learn that he earned his initial following as a rapper.
When Fike was younger, he would attend parties where he’d freestyle with other local rappers and building a name for himself. Eventually, Fike started uploading his music to YouTube giving his fanbase more access to his work. His growing popularity in Naples led him to form a group with his fellow musician friends.
He called that group “Lame Boys ENT“, which are the initials he has tattooed on his forehead! The Lame Boys booked a few high-profile gigs, which Fike attributes as the reason he got on the radar of major record labels. Dominic was starting to make a name for himself as a solo artist.
He claims the idea behind deleting his older music was to make room for newer stuff he was working on. In his mind, his fans in Naples were already aware of him but he wanted something more. Something much different than the Soundcloud rappers beginning to oversaturate the market.
Exploding Onto the Scene
Dominic Fike had a grand vision for his debut EP, most of which he had created while behind bars. He had ideas for creative visuals as well as a long track list. Being in jail ultimately led to an early release of the EP, which he sees as an unfinished project.
That EP, ‘Don’t Forget About Me, Demos‘, was re-released after Fike signed the Columbia deal.
‘Don’t Forget About Me, Demos’ is made up of 6 songs and runs only 14 minutes. But it’s those 14-minutes that will grab you and hold onto you throughout. It’s not the rap he was previously known for, but instead, it’s compiled of genre-mixing tracks that give a broader understanding of his musical influences.
Those influences include bands like Blink-182 and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In fact, he’s such a fan of former Chili Pepper, John Frusciante, he even has a tattoo of his face on his hand! Although his sound leans heavily towards the pop side, you will still hear hints of hip-hop.
From the very first track, 3 Nights, you’ll immediately get a feel for this new style he’s going for. A mix between Jack Johnson and Kevin Abstract, the former being the most obvious comparison.
Dominic Fike writes songs about what he knows. His own life, troubles and upbringing. He has an incredibly similar sound to Kevin Abstract, both drawing from their own lives. Kevin also comes from a similar group of artists called Brockhampton. In fact, Fike joins Abstract on the song song ‘Peach‘, which is featured on his recently released 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 $4 Million in his pocket, he can sit pretty for a while and polish up song arsenal. With the backing of Columbia, he plans on completing the EP he dreamed of making before cutting things short. 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 a blatant brand flex. It’s actually a dedication to his little sister, named Apple.
Listen: Don’t Forget About Me, Demos-EP