Meet The Band
Dominic Minix, the New Orleans bred improviser and lyricist, combines New Orleans modern jazz with punk rock and hip hop in his stripped down post-stretch music quartet, Yung vul. Led by guitarist and singer, Dominic Minix, Yung vul combines polarizing genres from metal to modern jazz in a raw, and brooding sound with dramatic compositions. The DC Hardcore inspired intro riff to "Numb Me Now" breaks down the door into Yung vul's urgent message. Enigmatic and challenging, Yung vul's lyrics are inspired by the poetic lyricism of Dylan. Minix has performed with jazz greats like Nicholas Payton and Christian Scott as well as hip hop artists Pell and Saul Williams. After touring internationally with Grammy nominated trumpeter, Christian Scott, Minix returned home and recorded the Cannonball Adderall EP. With artistic discernment developed from working with his jazz mentors, Minix combines his pointed lyrics with wildly a dynamic sound that is simultaneously a warm invitation and a challenge to listeners. With a voice reminscient of Nick Drake and a unique guitar sound inspired from Christian Scott and Jimi Hendrix, Yung vul brings a grunge energy to modern Black American Music landscape.
Dominic Minix started performing professionally at 15 and always played a diverse array of genres. With Jesse McBride and the Next Generation Minix honed his jazz chops while simultaneously playing in different punk rock bands, R&B bands, and church. These formative musical experiences informed the versatility that is fundamental to Dominic Minix's creative vision, Black American Music that integrates rock. He is a native of New Orleans, and a NOCCA alumni currently enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans. From his experiences playing with artists like Donald Harrison, Delfeayo Marsalis, Quinten Corvette, Shannon Powell, Roland Guerin, Jesse McBride, and Christian Scott he has become a fixture in the New Orleans jazz music community. Minix has scored short films and documentaries including "Greenlight" by Jonathan Issac Jackson, "Straight Line" by Carl Harrison, The Guardian Ten Year Anniversary of Katrina Documentary, "That was Then, This is Now."
"Introducing" was recorded in 2012 under the moniker "The Dominic Minix Quartet" by fellow pupils of the New Orleans jazz tradition. Breaking from the limitations of disparate genres, Yung vul is a versatile project that has developed a singularly unique and discerning sound. By combining polarizing genres from punk to modern jazz, Yung vul challenges the confines of genre. Yung vul shows swing wildly from songs of urgency like their Bad Brains and Dylan influenced epic, "Numb Me Now" to intimate improvisations over melodic melancholic Slum Village-inspired hip-hop ballads like "(nameless)." You are likely to hear the influence of Hendrix, Wayne Shorter, Mos Def, Nick Drake, Bad Brains, Nirvana, Radiohead, Leftover Crack and many others.
Dominic has played Berklee College of Music, NPR Tiny Desk, Detroit Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Concertgebouw, Preservation Hall, and The House of Blues New Orleans with Christian Scott. Yung vul has performed Boiler Room, Buku Fest, French Quarter Fest, Preservation Hall, and Ace Hotel New Orleans. Dominic has also performed Jazz Fest with Nicholas Payton's Too Black and Austin City Limits and Voodoo Music Festival New Orleans with Pell.
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