Work with a talented songwriter who writes songs to bring catharsis, comfort and the joy of healing. Indie, folk, pop and rock songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Top 5 chart position on a project I worked on through SoundBetter! Close to a million streams - let's break that threshold together?
Hi! I'm a songwriter, producer, media composer and musician based in London, and have worked with major label artists and weekend warriors alike, always relishing the opportunity to discover what the artists vision is; what they want to say; how the audience should feel; and taking these ideas and crafting the perfect song - lyrics or music - to suit them.
I'm a lover of Belle and Sebastian, Phoebe Bridgers and The Beatles. Lately I've been enjoying listening to Vulfpeck and Superorganism, and at the moment am working on injecting fun, humour and upbeat rhythms into music to lighten the load, as all those artists manage to so fantastically.
My speciality is in indie, pop, and folk music, while my lyrical style is poetic, narrative and emotive. I work with Watchtower Music, a music composition co-operative, and so can accommodate live recordings of just about any instrument you can imagine - guitar, piano, banjo, male and female vocals, brass and woodwind... the list goes on!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
29 Reviews - 10 Repeat ClientsEndorse Dominic Johnson
5-Stars for handling, crafting and delivering! Thanks Dominic.
Amazing to work with and a great guy! Highly REcommend
Great guy. Super writer of lyrics. Very easy to work with. Would highly recommend
I needed Dom to finish/re do the lyrics for a song. Good, fast and very nice guy! Thank you Dominic
Dom, it is a pleasure and an education in music working with your talented mind!
An intuitive, creative, and interactive experience!
I appreciate that Dom did not completely change or rewrite my text and that he stuck to my ideas. He made the necessary corrections, was incredibly quick and cooperative. We were practically in constant contact for 2 days, the cooperation was perfect, inspiring and professional - thank you for that. warm greetings Andreas
Outstanding to work with, highly recommend!!
Dominic was great to work with. I had a massive case of writer's block and just could not finish a song that I had been working on. I gave Dominic a synopsis of the basic idea and he ran with it. Highly recommended.
A wonderful experience. Dom is a clear communicator. Creative, kind and a gifted artist.
Again a lovely cooperation on a song project.
Needed some work and trials to get it done. But Dominic delivered as professional as always. Top!
Thank you for bringing my idea to life! Dominic is a true writer!
Dominic is so great to work with, this is the second song I’ve done with him. I love the music he writes, his orchestration and his voice! I highly recommend him for your project.
Yes! Again a big fun and lovely cooperation working on lyrics with Dominic.
Dominic was able to step in to provide me with ideas and variations in order to develop the songs in my head. It was fun giving him direction and seeing what we could come up with together! Looking forward to working with him again on more songs.
Dominic did an amazing job turning lyrics to song. The quality and professionalism exceeded my expectations.
The project was completed well ahead of time, so much so we added some additional components to the final product.
I would recommend Dominic to anyone seeking music & production.
Again: Dominic did a lovely job! We´ve been a little picky with the chorus lyrics - and he worked it out perfectly. 5 stars. Thanks!
Quick, responsive and flexible! Definitely would recommend Dominic to anyone who wants to perfect their music!
Such a good work! Dominic perfectly understood what kind of lyrics our song needed and absolutely delivered . Next song is on the way...
Dominic did an awesome job turning my poem into a song. He read the poem, accurately figured out the mood of it and gave me back exactly what I had in mind. His turn around time was fast and he was willing to make any changes I needed (there really weren't any, but he would have).
I highly recommend working with Dominic as I will next time.
Interview with Dominic Johnson
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Before you reach for an EQ, consider the arrangement - is there enough space in the song for everything to have its slot and be heard? If you've got a piano and two guitars playing the same chords, no amount of EQ is going to make them clearly stand out, so consider how you can separate them in the arrangement first.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nick Cave supposedly works six days a week, turning up to an office and just writing and writing until something great comes out. "I used to work six days a week, but that got too much. So now I work seven". That work ethic is incredible, and it shows in the quality of his songs. 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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Of course, most things I do involve songwriting in some capacity. Most of the time, artists I work with have some kind of an idea for what they want - whether that's a rough draft of a whole song, or just a couple of words that they want included and an idea of what subject matter grabs them. It's then up to me to turn those ideas into a fantastic song that the artist can relate to and really take ownership of, so that their audience can relate to it and love it too!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A sense of clarity. The first thing I try and do is work out what the song is really about, and make sure that comes across super clearly.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to shape something up from scratch, and creating something an artist is truly happy with and proud of.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of music they like, what style they're looking for, what the song is really about or should be about (if its not clear from what they give me in the first place) so that I can really bring all those things out.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: This varies hugely. Most things that come through SoundBetter have a poppy element to them, but I've worked on everything from adult contemporary to country, from folk to club anthems and rock!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Of course it depends on what's to be done! I'll make sure to communicate with the artist or producer as much as possible, and really get clear what they're looking for. Once I have a fair bit of work, but just before it's finished, I'll often send this over to have them look at it, get a feel for if the style is right for them etc. If it is, great, I'll finish up, record a demo if necessary, and give it a bit of a mix and send this over as completed work. If not, I'll ask for feedback on how I can change things, and make those changes.