Dom tells all in this revealing interview about touring with The Parasitic Twins, developing Soundsphere magazine and more....
God Is 7 is the name under which Hull, UK music producer Dom Sith continues to release his minimal electronic beats. Today, to help move and groove you through your week, GI7 returns with his latest single, “Dyst0pia.” A top option for your soundtrack to social distancing, this song begs to be cranked up.
Commenting on the new cut, Sith notes, “Seriously, what else was I gonna do with my time? I wanted to come out with something, to soundtrack how I was feeling in this current time, and hopefully some other people can get into it too. It’s the soundtrack to society as it stands today. For better or worse.”
Dom Smith of Soundsphere magazine talks to Robbie Johnson at The Warren Youth Project about the origins of Soundsphere, Wobbling About and Rocking Out and more.
Listen to The Parasitic Twins cover Babylon Zoo to support The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Hull Doom merchants, The Parasitic Twins, today announce a lo-fi heavy cover of the 90s classic ‘Spaceman’ by Babylon Zoo, out on Friday, April 5, 2019, with all proceeds going to The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The single is taken from a split EP with York-based hardcore punks, The Carnival Rejects (released via Bandcamp on May 31st in association with Man Demolish Records). Artwork for the piece was made by Jess Zschorn.
Of the decision to record the cover, drummer Dom Smith comments: “Man, we love Babylon Zoo. This is a classic track that was way ahead of its time, and we just wanted to mess with it, and we’ll probably stress a lot of people out, but use it as a way to bring attention to an incredible cause in CALM.”
Of CALM’s importance on a national scale, Dom adds: “Male mental health is becoming more spotlighted every day, and myself and Max [guitars and vocals] want to offer any support we can to spread the word.”
For those interested in donating to CALM can do so here: https://www.thecalmzone.net/donate/
Listen/buy here: https://theparasitictwins.bandcamp.com/track/spaceman
There’s also a live video below!
The Parasitic Twins will also head out to Europe and across the UK for a run of shows this April with grindcore mates, Boycott The Baptist and Clunge Destroyer:
APRIL TOUR DATES
19th – The Morgue, Leeuwarden – Holland
20th – Muggefug EV, Cottbus – Germany
23 – Bird’s Nest, London – UK
24 – The Parish, Huddersfield- UK
25 – Paradiddles, Worcester- UK
26 – The Bobbin, Lancaster- UK
27 – The Old England, Bristol- UK
28 – Secret Show, Carlisle- UK
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/ParasiticTwinsBand/
A new lifestyle website and blog, based out of C4DI in Hull aims to help end the stigma around mental health and disability.
Wobbling About And Rocking Out (WARO) was developed by Hull-born disabled entrepreneur, Dom Smith who has Cerebral Palsy – the idea was developed during his time working for The Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts, and has since taken shape following Dom’s move back to Hull, for the first time in over ten years after a period spent working in Manchester and York, and a stint working as a freelance journalist (and Storyteller In Residence) in America.
Dom now hopes to use his contacts across the disability sector, through the business he co-founded, Disabled Entrepreneurs (a project that offers free advice and support to disabled people who want to start their own business), and in the music, arts and entertainment sector (via Soundsphere, an alternative music blog covering local, national and international artists) to tell inspiring and motivational stories. The end goal is to motivate people with disabilities and mental health issues considering careers in the creative sector, as well as other industries where possible.
“The original plan was for it to just be a clothing line with a cool logo and imagery,” comments Dom. “I wanted to amalgamate everything I’d done with Soundsphere and Disabled Entrepreneurs to create a resource where people could go, and find out information, ways of coping and also read about inspiring individuals from a range of career backgrounds – in music, or the arts, principally but not exclusively – who have achieved despite a range of challenges.”
The aim of the site is to first generate content via members of the public in Hull, and the surrounding areas before starting to speak to internationally acclaimed bands, creatives, businesses and artists about the stigma behind mental health and/or disability and how they have combatted that themselves.
“I hope that we can spread the message through collaborations with Hull’s young people, as well as amazing spaces like C4DI and The Warren Youth Project, before taking the whole thing global.”
Content is currently being added to WARO’s new website which was built at C4DI in collaboration with Mattix Design, and branded by Hull artist Jessica Eleanor Zchorn (Jesse Zee Creative), at: www.waro.co.uk.
If you would like to submit your own inspiring story, you can do so via the site’s Get In Touch page. For more information you can also visit: https://twitter.com/wobbleandrock
Ripping a page from the Killing Joke school of lo-fi noise, then setting it on fire via the way of Today Is The Day and Godflesh, Hull’s scariest kids, The Parasitic Twins are gearing up to unleash their debut EP; the furious ‘All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other’ on October 26th. Recorded live and raw, at Melrose Yard Studios in York, the hardcore duo, made up by guitarist/vocalist Max Watt (Rotting Monarchs) and drummer Dom Smith (Mary and The Ram), have performed together previously as part of Seep Away was born of a desire to create the most abrasive sound they could.
Discussing their debut single, “Massive”, Watt had this to say: “It’s about that mental sense of abandon that comes once in a while and turns our lives into ash. Temporarily, of course. Everyone’s been in that place where long term plans and prospects just become irrelevant and all you can focus on is immediate day to day shit, and one day you wake up and think “Goddamn, what was all that noise about?” At the time it’s huge but with time just becomes a notch in your past, then you gotta make the reparations, and push all that negative shit to the back.”
Hammered into the raw aggression like a nail into splintered wood is a youthful rage desperate to be heard. Taking comfortable influence from the late 90s sludge scene, the track “Flipswitch” borrows from the Raging Speedhorn school of vocal ferocity while “End” wraps a chain around the Biohazard-esque bouncy hardcore and throws it on the heap. Making “ATLTDNISWEO” a white-hot blast of crusty oblivion, perfect for fans of low end, aggro-punk. Listen to at wielding volume.
Soundsphere magazine's editor, Dom Smith has launched a new clothing line aimed at boosting confidence in people with disabilities. Check out the info video below:
My former punk/hardcore band's EP/album is out now, and you can stream it below!
Thanks for listening!
If you want to find out more about who/what we were, visit: https://www.facebook.com/seepaway/
It’s all about who you know.
That’s one of the fundamental secrets of business, in my opinion.
I mean, of course it’s about what you know, but a lot of it is (like in most industries), being in the right place and right time.
The Martin Trust Center is the right place, and for me and the recent fuse attendees, it’s been the right time.
I’ve been working as a Storyteller In Residence for the last few months (living in Boston), and as much as that involves me interviewing, and telling the stories of the people who come into the Center about their goals, and ideas, it’s about watching what goes on here, and there’s definitely a uniquely positive mood.
All of the staff here, including the EIRs (Entrepreneurs In Residence) have a wealth of experience, whether it’s been studying in an academic setting — lest we forget that MIT is one of the most prestigious institutions for science and technology in the entire world — or a business one. The aforementioned EIRs, for example have been able to start, maintain and develop successful businesses, and now they are working here passing on their knowledge, in how to do well, and how to deal with failure.
When you walk in here, with a business idea (of any kind) it’s going to be pretty intimidating — some of the greatest minds in the world will doubtless be incubating in this space at any one time, but that’s what makes it such an awesome resource.
No busy staff member is too self-important to stop and listen to a student’s concerns, council nerves or workshop an idea, however busy they are; while you could say to me, ‘well, that’s their job!’, I have seen EIRs rushing to meetings, but stopping to arrange to chat with a student about their ideas, at a later point in the day. I have seen staff here (whether they work in marketing, or program coordination) brimming with enthusiasm about a student’s idea, or taking time to enthusiastically discuss the Center’s resources with visitors. Highlights have involved seeing the pride of fuse students, and seeing staff physically applauding when a deal is secured, or a particular milestone is reached.
To me, that’s business in a modern context; you can achieve anything if you have the right people around you to motivate, and inspire you. Here at The Martin Trust Center, if you’re nervous these people will support you. Equally, if you think your idea is the best thing since Yorkshire Tea (sorry, I’m British), then they will give you balanced, decent (but very real, honest advice), on how to make it better, or fine-tune as needed.
Coming in to work with this team and uncover some of the most exciting, and innovative ideas on campus right now, while watching the staff (no matter what success, or level of notoriety they have achieved) interact with the students on such an empathetic level is inspiring. It’s taught me that these are the types of people that I want to know, and this is the type of place that I want to be, wherever in the world that is.
For more information on The Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship visit: http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/
To listen to some of the audio interviews I’ve taken since I started here, you can follow this link (transcription to follow).
Thanks for reading!
You can see me waddling about the Center about 15 seconds in to the video above, behind entrepreneur/legend, Bill Aulet!