We had the good fortune of connecting with DoMo the Jack of All Trades and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DoMo JOAT, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I began dancing at the age of 5 in my aunt’s dance school. When performing at dance recitals and shows, I received great feedback which showed me I have a gift and encouraged my love for the stage. I enjoyed the spotlight and this translated to when I began playing steel pan in middle school and performed with the neighborhood steel band for competitions and other shows.
As a teenager. my love for performing coupled with my drive to spread knowledge, led me to educate younger children within the arts and provide them with similar opportunities that I was given. It was important to me that I was able to lead by example because I continued to perform while still teaching.
When I started to write music, I formed a band with other musicians, which gave me the opportunities to fuse my lyricism, dancing, musicianship and love of pleasing the crowd.
Today I continue to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to others through my music because it makes me feel fulfilled and allows me to express my creativity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am DoMo The Jack of All Trades. The reason why I’m called the Jack of All Trades is because I do a variety of creative works and within each art-form, I am versatile. For example within dance, I do jitterbug, swing, lindy hop, dancehall, hip-hop, African, ballet, break, and more. Within my music, I create hip-hop, R&B, reggae, funk, pop, and more. As a solo-instrumentalist, I play jazz, latin, R&B, pop, soca, calypso, oldies, and more. All of this is what sets me apart from other musicians and dancers.
I am most excited about the album I am creating. It will consist of grand compositions of live instruments and vocals with very talented musicians and vocalists.
I got to where I am today professionally through practicing my craft tirelessly, ignoring commentary about needing to pick one lane, pushing myself creatively, and being supported by loved ones.
I want the world to remember me as the greatest entertainer of all time. A lot of the music I create is timeless and each song has a message and/or story. I want people to know my music has substance and should spark thought and change.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Brooklyn, NYC. If a friend were visiting for a week, I would take them to downtown Brooklyn to see the Barclays Center, Prospect Park to see the beautiful natural views, and the homeschool I run called the XyayX Institute, so they can see all the great things our students are up to.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Much love to my Aunt Sarina Robinson who shaped my artistic career by teaching me various styles of dance and creating opportunities for me to perform at gigs across the country.
Much love to Mr. Tichard Chapman, from IS 285 for introducing me to steel pan- the instrument that continues to fuel my livelihood and my spirit.
Much love to the CASYM Steel Orchestra for grooming my talents as a steel pan musician!