London based songwriter and musician

PLEASE NOTE: I will be away and not available to record or compose music between June 13th and July 27th. Lyrics jobs may still be possible in this time, but composition and recording jobs will not be - but please still feel free to contact me for any projects with deadlines in August and beyond.

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I am a songwriter and musician based in London, writing about a variety of subjects - from the sombre to the political, and specialising in Folk and Indie music, but open to a wide range of genres. My own songs have been played on national radio stations such as BBC 6 Music. I have a home studio and so can record parts at home either to demonstrate songwriting, or if you are in need of a guitar, bass, male vocal or banjo part, I can record these to a very high standard.

I play acoustic guitar, (specialising in fingerpicking, but I am a very versatile player) electric guitar, banjo, bass guitar and I am a male singer with a warm, deep voice, and I am available for session work remotely or in person in London (possibly further afield if added expenses can be covered).

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

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Terms of Service

One revision per order. Generally a two-week turnaround is a safe bet, but this can be much quicker if agreed beforehand. Please discuss with me first if you would like rights/copyright transferred.

Reviews of Dominic Johnson

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    He shows commitment with his projects. Very dedicated with music and does as much as he can to satisfy what you're looking for.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    Dominic is a very great songwriter and partner to work with! His work is great. He kept letting me know how the project was going along the way. I had a very short period of time for him to turn in the project and he didn't even make it, he make it days early.
    Overall, the work is excellent and a very responsible partner!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    Was a pleasure to work with him I recommend him

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_aristov-timur_photo__478_over 1 year agoby

    Dominic is highly recommended, always in time, responsible and creative!

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Interview with Dominic Johnson

What's your typical work process?
Listen to the track on repeat constantly so that I get acquainted with every part of the melody, so that it's drummed into my head. Then I tend to write down some 'syllable filler' lyric which is usually just words to fill the gaps. Finally, I'll start to write the first draft of the actual lyric, taking time to consider the brief that the client has set, and consulting the syllable filler to make sure it fits the melody. Then I'll leave it until the next day, when I'll look over it and see if there's anything I'd like to change before sending to the client for approval. If they have any changes they'd like to make I'll do them before returning the final product to the client.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Perhaps most prominently, the fantastic Chris Wood, a songwriter whose lyrics straddle the gap between being folky and also being entirely contemporary, while at the same time brimming with emotion - and with beautiful guitar accompaniment too. And of course on top of that, there are the obvious masters - Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Kinks - Shangri La is, in my opinion, probably the greatest song ever written, with all those sections interwoven seamlessly together with a lyric that perfectly describes the alienation and angst that suburban life can bring.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Generally speaking, I tend to receive requests of writing a lyric set to a pre-existing vocal melody, along with a title or a theme of what the song should be about. However, at the same time I've written lyrics entirely from scratch without any music pre-existing at all.