New Single: Dominique - "Payup"
I wrote ‘Payup’ about being trapped in a relationship where I felt like I was giving everything and getting nothing in return. In the song, I reach my breaking point, and demand payment for my time and energy. You can Listen to and License the new release here
NYC-based pop artist and producer Dominique began crafting music in high school, where she recorded and produced her own music on Garageband and played live acoustic shows in coffee shops. Years later, in the midst of pursuing a Biology degree at NYU, she longed to learn how to use professional music-making software, and impulsively enrolled in a course for the DAW Ableton Live between college semesters. Since then, Dominique has been honing her skills as a songwriter, producer, and engineer, and has built a self-sustaining career making music not only for her own artist project, but for others’ projects as well.
Past singles from Dominique’s project have been featured on NME, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed and have earned radio airplay slots on Ebro’s Beats 1 “Discovered on Apple Music” segment, as well as Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show. Her original releases and features have earned over 4 million plays on Spotify, and multiple singles have charted in the top ten on Hype Machine.
Dominique returns this fall with “Payup,” the third single from her upcoming sophomore EP. “Payup,” co-written with frequent collaborator MDA and self-produced by Dominique, is a dark pop/RnB track that juxtaposes airy falsettos with talk-singing hooks and gang vocals. The lyrical content describes an intervention-like conversation, where Dominique demands compensation for years of unreciprocated effort she’s put into a relationship and “emotional labor” she’s performed for a lover.
Speaking of the track, Dominique says
“I wrote ‘Payup’ about being trapped in a relationship where I felt like I was giving everything and getting nothing in return. In the song, I reach my breaking point, and demand payment for my time and energy. I wrote this song after the relationship had ended, and it portrays the confidence and self-respect that I wish I’d had, and the words I wish I would’ve said.”
Alongside her own artist project, Dominique is working as a producer and songwriter on multiple projects for other artists, and is actively working to create a more connected and symbiotic music community in NYC. She expects to release her sophomore EP in early 2019 which also includes “Worship” as heard in the behind the scenes video of Rimmel’s #IWILLNOTBEDELETED campaign with Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne here. Shortly afterward, she will release a mixtape that will feature foreign-language vocalists on top of Dominique’s productions.
You can Listen to and License the new single here
You can also stream on Spotify here