Dominick Raffaele – Loyalty [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Ever-changing, Powerful, Connective

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it?

Loyalty was written in one night, no re-writes. I felt so absolutely betrayed and hurt and just started writing. I put all my thoughts on a page. It was therapeutic and seemed like a poem at first. Once I spoke with my therapist about the experience, she suggested I combine the two things I love writing and singing and then I started creating music. My overall hope for this song is that helps my listeners get through a challenging time in their life where they feel betrayed by someone they care about; whether that’s a friend, family member, or romantic partner.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I don’t think there is anyway to make music besides collaboration. The instrumentation and music behind ‘Loyalty’ was created by an incredible artist named Gwyn Wheeler. She captured the essence of what I wanted to express in this song so perfectly. The two background vocalists are from a theatre company, which I own. They wrote their own harmonies and added so much to the piece. Tyler Reeves and Gabriella Sferlazza are their names. The song wouldn’t be what it is without them.

Favorite album of the past decade?

I would say my favorite album of the past decade is a tie between Ariana Grande’s “My Everything” and Justin Bieber’s “Justice.”

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

I think for a long time I have always cared so much of what others thought about me, and on top of that I would always compare myself to others. I would say things like, “I can’t sing like him” or “I am not in good enough shape like he is, who would listen to my music.” It took me a long time (and I’m still working on it everyday) to not compare myself to those besides me and rather celebrate what makes us all different; it’s what makes art special.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

The most trouble I’ve ever gotten into would probably have to be when I was in high school and I attempted to call myself out from school sick and pretend to be my dad. It did not work and it did not go over well with my parents. Go to school, learn something!!!

Thank you!

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