If there is any sentiment worth repeating multiple times over when it comes to the grander music atmosphere (and really the underground scene in particular), it is that innovation takes absolutely no breaks. As artists continuingly come and go – leaving their influence, however big or small – a sense of moving forward towards new horizons in this artform is and always will be felt. With that being said, it is especially impressive to observe an upcoming artist that takes this mold and effectively makes the concept of innovation turn into sheer greatness. 

Dom Cicero is the definitive picture of an artist in this liking. The teen wonder – who has seen his fair share of changes and stylistic processions throughout his very short career – is finally ready to showcase the final stages of his artistic evolution. Talking him up to this stature may admittedly seem like hyperbole, but his debut single under this alias entitled “Television” will prove everything and more as to who he really is as a potential genre-defining pop artist. 

We were able to sit down with the 17-year old to fully delve into what he considers his “awakening.” 

Describe “Television” as an ever-evolving concept, and how it gradually evolved into what it is in its current state. 

“Television is about awakening. It was really meant to be the continuation/outro to an album under the alias Ghost Boy Sora titled Day of The Cowboy, which was the follow-up to the debut record Bubble Gum Cowboy. But the project was eventually scrapped because I didn’t see myself living in that world anymore. So I thought, let me wrap all of this up in one complete fucking explosion of a song.” 

Did anything in particular influence the abrasive and distorted ethos of the track?

“I think I was frustrated when I put down the sample. I knew that I wanted something that knocks really hard so it could get a voice heard. I feel like it’s so forward-pushing, that it keeps hitting you with words, and the knocking of the drums, it’s a huge brain teaser.”

Describe how “Dom Cicero” as a character manifests itself in the track. 

“I went through a name change, and that’s what’s so weird about having a song or video “in the vault” for so, so long. I think the character in the song is still Ghost Boy Sora, the alias I went under before Dom Cicero, but I think I’m saying something in the song that’s as much real as it is fiction.”

What does this track say about the overall evolution of your musical uprising?

“For this track I had used that Korg I mentioned to record the entire intro part and the main 8-bit-like sample behind the 808. I usually produce on my laptop keyboard, or click-in; that’s how I learned to create from like 13 and that’s how I’ll continue to create, but being able to branch out and use different instruments and try more tangible and physical production is always something I love doing.” 

“So much of my music was written in my earlier high school years, and now it’s senior year and I’m just starting to put it out. I just hope after (this track) and the record I’m putting out next year, that I can be more organic like that, cause I sit on shit way too long and it gets so be overwhelming and frustrating. I think this track marks the rest of my musical career and I’ll continue to put out records continuously after.” 

What can you say about the sheer “oneness” of this song? Did you feel as though you were creating something completely original when constructing the entire thing?

I don’t think I’ve personally heard something like this track. It was something I felt extremely ecstatic creating, and it was one of those records I finished pretty fast and would just review at times and just think, “damn, I actually made this, this is nuts.” And I like that, I don’t give myself enough credit for the things I create. I wanna love what I make. It’s different, it’s good ,and it’s important.”

As unbelievably unique as this track is like you said, would you say that you are willing to push your sound even further with future releases? 

“Definitely. This is a track that would be awesome performing, It’s a great film too, but I don’t think that’s even half of what I’m capable of. I really want to buy a Macbook Pro and I’ve wanted it forever, and whenever I do get it, I know I’ll be able to transfer these projects and create things that will blow my own mind. I’m not even close to what I want to accomplish visually, I’m not done growing up. I’m 17… and I’m definitely not done sonically.”

How do you further plan on capitalizing in 2019?

“I just want to give a better explanation about what I do and what I am. I’m still figuring it out, and I have changed a lot, but I want to have a group of people, a big group of people, who are committed to listening and just get what I make because it’s by me. Obviously it won’t stop there, but that’s where it starts for me. That’s where i need to get to right now — the next couple of months.”

Anything remotely left unsaid by the rising star will all come in the form of sheer musical expression from this point forward. “Television” arrives later this October, and it is certain that this will be the first mark in what will become a wholly innovative and exhilarating career for the young phenom in the making.