Meet: Dom Carter!

Dom Carter, Musician (Cropped)
Whilst we still can't rehearse or perform properly due to the pandemic, we still wanted to inspire you with a fab Q&A with the wonderful Dom Carter, who has taken many musical roles for BMCDS over the years!

What first got you into music?

A peripatetic teacher (Mr Bentley) came to do some group violin classes at my primary school. My sister and I took it up and soon found a piano teacher afterwards.

Who inspired you to make music?

That piano teacher - Ron Styles - he would've been in his 70s then, was also the local church organist. He was kind enough to give me organ lessons after I'd done my grade 1 piano! Best of all though, his wife would give us a bag of 4 or 5 Quality Street chocolates after each lesson! 

What inspires you to continue working in the industry?

Mostly music itself. There's no other art form like it to express emotion. Music is its own language.

What is your creative process like?

It depends how far away the deadline is! Sometimes it's a case of "gotta get this done" so you work like crazy and often have to go with the first idea that comes. When I'm fortunate enough to have a bit more time, I can be more selective with ideas, mould them and try out different things to improve the music. That tends to be quite rare though! 

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Other than Jordan Buckingham you mean?! My lyricist lives in Hertfordshire so we don't get nearly as much done as we should, both having busy work and family lives. But it would be amazing to write with/learn from Stephen Sondheim, who just has the most amazing way with mingling words and music. I also love Jason Robert Brown but get the idea that he might be tricky to work with...!

What advice would you give to people wanting to join the industry or get involved in the Arts Industry?

Work hard. Very hard. And don't be picky. No job is beneath you. Do whatever you can to be involved with your chosen subject. For me as a musician, that could be composing, arranging, teaching, coaching, accompanying, conducting, MDing, playing (ensembles or solo), copying, editing, page-turning, repetiteuring. I've done loads of all of those and regretted almost none of them. 

Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

All sorts. Lots of Disney - I'm loving Moana right now - could be Sweeney Todd, could be Elvis, sometimes it's just a theme from a tv show the kids have been watching. My favourite song to shower-perform is called Winter's on the Wing from The Secret Garden.

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn't for your music career?

Very hard to say as I feel that music has always been the thing I've wanted to do. I never really imagined myself doing anything else. When I was a teenager I always said I either wanted to play test match cricket for England or make a career in music. Trouble is, I'm not that good at cricket... 

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?

For me the venue isn't important. Not compared to the audience. I'm sure we'd all prefer to play to a receptive audience at The Landmark than a dismissive one at The Palladium. There's a really great theatre in Highgate, North London, called Upstairs at the Gatehouse. I've done a few great shows with the guys there and absolutely loved them all. It's only a small theatre but they've got a great team and do some fab work.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business in the current climate?

In general, the Internet has been hugely beneficial in terms of musicians having access to music. It's certainly more accessible to more people which can only be a good thing, no? 

What is your favourite song to perform?

Being Alive from Company by Sondheim. Or Linus's song about the Pumpkin Patch from the Snoopy Musical.

Which famous musicians do you admire?

Placido Domingo - he works very hard! Lin Manuel Miranda. Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Bing Crosby. 

What is the best advice you've been given?

Don't get too big for your boots.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Give the musicians what they deserve and those who claim to "discover" musicians what they deserve...
 

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