Dom John


Who is your biggest inspiration for your art form?

Tupac Shakur is probably my biggest inspiration when it comes to performance (in both music and acting) because when he performed songs you felt each emotion he was feeling with every word he spoke. In terms of acting he would also adopt different personas for each character and change his facial expressions and mannerisms to better fit what the directors wanted for his characters, whilst still preserving his own interpretation.

Is your art form politically, emotionally, historically, or socially charged?

A lot of my work is all 4, as I try to make art based on what I feel about certain situations, whether that be an emotional response to the current political climate, or the ever widening gap that separates the working/lower class from the middle/upper class.


When did you start becoming engaged with your art practice?

I wrote my first rap when I was 11, it was a cover verse to Bow Wow’s song “Basketball” off of the “Like Mike” film soundtrack. The first time I truly performed as another character was when I was round the age of 13/14, I can’t remember the character I portrayed or what the play/piece was. However I just remember the feeling I had when on stage, I don’t have a direct comparison to a drug but I became a junkie for that feeling because every rehearsal and performance since then has been the only way I’ve ever regained that same feeling.

What are your main art forms? E.g. singing, dance, painting, poetry, photography

Music (Hip-hop and Poetry) and Acting. I also have ambitions of script writing and directing.


What issues do you generally want to combat now, and in the future, regarding the society you are in/others are in around the world?

That’s such a complicated question I wouldn’t be able to list all of them.

How do you think ethnic minorities within the North West can be supported, recognised, and represented more within the creative communities?

Of course! However the main problem is how ethnic minorities (mainly black people) fear possible ridicule when wanting to pursue a career in the creative arts industry because a lot of the times these people as children will express curiosity about wanting to perform, and their parents maybe more concerned about their child “wanting to be a stereotype”.  The reason for this in my opinion is because all parents no matter what colour want their children to have the best future possible, and may not see a career in the arts as stable with guaranteed income every month. And especially in the north of England where young aspiring performers of ethnic backgrounds don’t see anyone who looks like them make it big, so they may feel a lot of self-doubt when it comes to chasing a career in the creative industry. Because they don’t have a foundation or a blue print to look at how they might be able to succeed. Ofcourse recently there have been exceptions with Bugzy Malone most noticeably (from Manchester) as well as Aystar and Tremz (both from Liverpool), so things are slowly looking up for the ethnic minority creatives within the music scene (more specificly grime/Hip-Hop).  The way ethnic minorities can be more represented in creative communities would be to make our own platforms. The same way you two are have made a platform for us.