Quit Your Day Job - Dominique Larue [DJBooth Interview Exclusive]
Whether you're an aspiring artist or simply a daydreamer, you've likely fantasized about what it would be like to leave your nine-to-five grind behind and try your luck in the music game. But what is the life of an artist on the come-up really like? To answer that very question, we have launched a DJBooth-exclusive interview series titled Quit Your Day Job, in which a variety of emerging artists will offer their real, true-to-life insights into the independent grind.
For the latest entry in our series, we link up with Dominique Larue, the Columbus, Ohio rhymesayer who hooked up with The DJBooth to drop the Sam Jackson Project back in August of 2011. When she's not working nine-to-five at wireless communications company USA Mobility's help desk, Larue is busy recording diem, a collaborative set with D/Will. Watch for the project to drop next month, followed by an album with Swedish beatsmith Severe and a third LP featuring multiple producers before the year is out.
In the exclusive interview below, Dominique Larue discusses the challenge of getting industry players to invest in your talents, how motherhood affects her prospects of pursuing music full-time, and the broad skill set expected of recording artists today.
What is your current day job?
I currently work for USA Mobility at their help desk. I've been [with the company] for 6 years and I'm definitely spoiled having a job that works around my life very well. After all these years, it's hard to leave a place like that especially when co-workers are awesome.
What would it take for you to leave your day job in favor of a full-time career in music?
Money to cover my living expenses on a consistent basis. And that's really what it comes down to, not to mention I'm a mother. So it's more than just me. I've also figured out that if there ever is a day where I'd leave my job for music, I'm definitely putting in a two-weeks notice just in case things don't pan out.
What steps are you taking to reach that point?
Networking as much as possible, and using the Internet to the fullest extent. I have a lot of good contacts at this point, but the thing that it's comes down to is providing a brand. Whether it is music, pictures, videos, etc. Getting it into the people's hands, or inboxes, and submitting music for movie/TV/video game placements.
What has been the biggest roadblock/challenge in this pursuit?
People in "higher" places willing to invest time and money into me. The business is real fickle and if you're not making enough noise, and obviously I'm not, then people aren't going to invest. And understandably so. It's not discouraging at all, it just lets me know that I gotta keep going at it! I'm with it.
What is the greatest misconception that you've discovered on your own about starting a career in music?
I'd have to say everything it entails. Most times, if not all the time, it takes more than just recording music in the studio and getting it heard. And now there aren't any "development deals," so you have to already have everything going on. Image, music, shows, buzz, and the list goes on...
What are you working on now that readers/prospective fans should be on the lookout for over the next few weeks/months?
Currently working on an EP with D/Will entitled diem, which is scheduled to be released within the next month. Then an album with Swedish producer Severe, and another album later this year with a multitude of producers including J.Rawls. I'm working on so much because that's what I need to do, but I love it so much.
What is the best way for readers/prospective fans to find out more about you and your music?
All my information can be found via Facebook (facebook.com/dlaruemusic), Twitter (twitter.com/dlaruemusic), and ReverbNation (reverbnation.com/dlaruemusic). All my music, bio, press, pictures. Everything, including my personality!