Composer, music producer & sound explorer Dom Shovelton grew up surrounded by the music & art of his opera singing & artist father whose record collection introduced him to music by Rodrigo & The Beatles and whose vast art book collection included Henri Matisse, Hieronymus Bosch and cartoons in Punch magazine. From an early age Dom would sit at the piano in the music room experimenting with sound, listening to Gary Numan, Vangelis & film soundtracks by John Carpenter & Harold Faltermeyer. In his early teens he studied cello & played the double bass, taught himself the guitar & began composing.
While studying fine art he continued to play & perform live music as part of a hybrid, jazz funk, rock outfit DYNAMO. Hooked on the emerging drum & bass scene in 90’s London (Metalheadz, Logical Progression & Speed at the Milk Bar), Dom became interested in sample based electronic music production, producing his first D&B based tracks on an AKAI S1000 sampler for REVCO Records while writing & co-producing material with producer & mix engineer David McEwan (Nitin Sawhney, Plan B) & songwriting with Sanchita Farruque.
His early electronic productions caught the ear of theatre Director Robert Delamere who commissioned music for several plays at The Donmar Warehouse, Everyman Liverpool & Hampstead Theatre. Projects have included live orchestral & electronic performances of his music at the Victoria & Albert Museum, New Design Museum London, Belfast Waterfront & De La Warre Pavillion.
Classical commissions have included works for string trio, mixed chamber ensemble & solo instrumentalists, more recently he has been developing orchestral techniques in his writing which fuse electronic musical influences from his formative years.