Award winning London-based indie, acoustic/folk/country, rock and pop songwriter and musician. #3 peak chart position on a song I worked on through SoundBetter!
Video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC-IlTPY0c0
Hi! I'm a songwriter, media composer and musician based in London. I've worked as such now for many years, and enjoy the process of discussing with an artist their vision for their song; 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. My speciality is in folk and indie music, and my lyrical style is poetic, narrative and emotive, although I've also worked with the occasional Adult Contemporary artist, major label house artist and have worked on many pop projects. 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!
For my demo reel, please see here: https://soundcloud.com/themorningshift/sets/dominic-johnson-showreel/s-tH9cW
About Watchtower Music:
Watchtower are a one-stop shop for media composition, a small team of composers and musicians with a diverse skillset so that we can deliver exactly what you have in mind. If you need music for your film, game, podcast or advert, please check out our portfolio here: https://www.watchtowermusic.co.uk/portfolio and get in touch with me on SoundBetter to begin a project!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
23 Reviews - 8 Repeat ClientsEndorse Dominic Johnson
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.
This was my project on SoundBetter. Dom really helped me capture the vibe I was hoping for. He is super helpful and turn around time was awesome. I'll definitely be working with Dom again.
Dominic recorded great vocals for an original song, which really added a cool vibe. It was easy and fun to work with him!
To work with Dominic was great.He is kind and helpful.
He knows how to approach to the project and handles it in a serious and innovative way..
He shows commitment with his projects. Very dedicated with music and does as much as he can to satisfy what you're looking for.
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!
Was a pleasure to work with him I recommend him
Dominic is highly recommended, always in time, responsible and creative!
Dominic is a pleasure to do business with! Provided exactly what I was looking for and even went to greater lengths to provide more value for me then he needed too. One hundo percent recommend!
Dominic was very quickly able to offer a lovely vocal interpretation of my song that I had not previously considered. He was extremely helpful and quick in turning around the track. Wouldn't hesitate to use him again or recommend him to others.
Interview with Dominic Johnson
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'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.
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 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 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 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.