IT was May final 12 months when a sure Frenchman strode by way of the searing warmth of the Las Vegas summer time, in the direction of one in all his best profession ambitions. Dombresky stepped as much as carry out among the many brilliant lights and spectacle of the principle stage at Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival competition. Merely months later, he was doing it yet again on the Orlando version. Dombresky has formally entered the A-league.
“At some level, one in all your many objectives as a DJ is to play the principle stage for an enormous competition like EDC, and I’m fortunate sufficient to say I’ve performed two of them,” he says. “Insomniac actually creates a memorable expertise, even for us behind the sales space. Though equally, I benefit from the vibe of a membership, because it’s a bit extra intimate. It’s humbling to modify between each scenes.”
Though he may lack the bombast of different primary stage fixtures, final 12 months, Dombresky’s presence there made excellent sense, significantly after the gradual construct success of his breakthrough anthem ‘Utopia’. With the Dombresky sound floating someplace indefinably between the grandiose noise of EDM and the genuine grooves of home music, you can argue this French fast-riser is considerably consultant of how Chicago’s famed legac is creeping in the direction of a mass-market viewers. And whereas the person in any other case often called Quentin Dombres insists he’s made music for approaching 15 years, it’s been a swift ascent for his new alias, on the very least.
“In 2015, I made a decision to create Dombresky and produce music underneath that title. It wasn’t a lot a giant break, however it’s positively when plenty of issues began altering for me,” Dombresky says. “Music is consistently evolving, identical to we do. Who you at the moment are isn’t the identical individual you have been 10 years in the past, both. My sound displays that. I’m continually determining what I need my subsequent transfer to be. It’s plenty of experimenting, shaping, and redefining who I'm as an individual earlier than I put that power into what my sound is.”
One of his serendipitous breakthrough moments was when French band Point Point took a liking to one in all his tracks, deciding to share it together with his private idol, A-Trak. The DJ preferred it, and wished extra; and identical to that, one in all Dombresky’s bucket-list desires, to get a observe signed with A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label, was within the bag. This was adopted by releases on equally spectacular stables Mad Decent and Confession, the latter of whom signed ‘Utopia’, which noticed Dombresky flip a soul pattern on its head earlier than twisting issues proper round with dizzying swirls of percussion.
Not surprisingly, it grew into considerably of a monster hit. “It’s humorous that it took a couple of 12 months for it to turn into as in style because it has,” he says by way of a smile. “The response might have come late, however I really like that it occurred that manner. Everything takes time, and this one actually took its time. I took a danger, as a result of I put a wild stereo on the bassline. New for me, however it goes arduous on soundsystems. Location-wise, he’s been primarily based within the States for fairly some time now, starting in Miami, the place he says Latin tradition proved an enormous affect.
“Salsa music is actually the important thing to life — the vibe there may be like no different,” he says. “Now I’m in Los Angeles amongst pals, and it’s utterly completely different. I’m unsure how lengthy I’ll keep in LA, because it’s all the time good to maneuver round, however it’s dwelling for now."
He’s acquired 2019 off to a smashing begin with the saxophone drenched ‘Soul Sacrifice’ and in March he’ll play his first ever LA headlining present on the Academy. You can assume just a few extra primary stage appearances can be on the agenda too.