6 Questions With Dom Wier
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is Nashville-based indie Americana-roots singer Dom Wier. We have not had the privilege of featuring Dom here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I’m a roots singer-songwriter influenced by rock, folk, country, and blues. I’m originally from southern Illinois, right near St. Louis, Missouri. I got a guitar when I was 15, learned chords from my brother and from a Mel Bay songbook. I listened to a lot of classic songwriters and made my way through different bands, playing guitar and singing in punk, hard rock, indie and Americana Country groups. I’ve been based in Nashville, TN for the last several years, writing, touring and recording.
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
I love meeting different people at shows all over the country, it’s cool connecting with them, hearing stories and staying in touch on social networks. Sure, it’s an important piece of a musician’s career. You’ve got to have an audience. People know if they like something. It’s great to get person to person feedback. If the feedback is good, you know you’re doing something right. If it’s bad…well you just have to focus on what your strengths are and hone in on those.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Staying consistent is hard. As a working musician, you have to play hundreds of shows a year to stay relevant and make a full time living. It’s not easy. This has always been true. So many musicians and artists are so talented and deserving of success, it’s hard to stand out and capture large audiences. It’s also tough to even come close to writing songs as good as John Fogerty or Tom Petty.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Haha. Whatever the next one is.
Well, since we don’t have a crystal ball, here’s one for you to enjoy now:
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
I guess the most realistic goal is to have a consistent middle-class career playing original music to receptive audiences. I’d like to reach as many people as possible with the songs I write. I hope this music helps people and connects with them. I wouldn’t mind playing the Super Bowl one day. But with no backing tracks. All live. Maybe do a duet with Bruno Mars, who knows.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Spend time with my wife. Take drives out to the country, hit an antique shop and a nice small local restaurant. Watch documentaries, drink good whiskey and wine, read the stories of classic artists and well known historical figures. Travel.