The New York Times’ documentary series spotlights up and coming artist Dominic Fike’s rise to fame and unconventional path to landing a multimillion-dollar record deal
One word that comes to mind when talking about Dominic Fike is versatility. If you are familiar with his music, you know that his styles vary vastly on any given project and even on any given song. From thoughtful bars with an edgy flow when he raps, to smooth, catchy vocals, his genre-blending style makes for projects that satiate the appetites of wide bases of music fans. He literally goes from rap, to pop, to even alternative rock/indie sounds on a regular basis.
I suggest you check out his music before diving into the documentary. Check out “3 Nights” to hear his breakout pop song, “Phone Numbers” for a good idea of what he can do lyrically, and “Westcoast Collective” to hear his versatility on full display.
Unconventional to Say the Least
His story is an unconventional one, to say the least. He dropped his first project, Don’t Forget About Me, Demos from prison, which sparked a bidding war among record labels. Sensing he had something special, he then deleted the project off the internet, which only threw gas on the fire and eventually exploded into a $4 million deal with Columbia Records.
"Dominic Fike was fresh out of jail when he landed a multimillion-dollar record deal.He didn’t have an album or even a single that could be heard, but a few mysterious demo tracks posted to the internet were enough to kick off a frenzied bidding war for an artist who record executives believed could be their next breakout star.-Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times"
The New York Times Presents ‘Dominic Fike, at First’
The documentary itself is a wonderfully shot piece of cinema that does a great job showcasing Fike’s likable personality and sense of humor, while layering in his music in creative, eye-popping ways.
From struggles with family, to behind the scenes looks at his creative process, and navigating the music industry as an up and comer, The New York Times Presents: ‘Dominic Fike, at First’ is a captivating 35-minute piece that’s a must-watch if you are a music fan.
It offers a unique perspective into the nature of today’s music industry that will leave aspiring musicians hungry for more and eager to create. While taking this journey alongside Dominic Fike, you’ll find that it is easy to relate to him, and it’s easy to like him. After watching the documentary, you’ll have no choice but to become a Dominic Fike fan.
The New York Times Presents: ‘Dominic Fike, at First’ is now streaming on Hulu.