Album Review: Nega Blast X’s “Give Me E”

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly innovative and highly skilled artist, author, and producer, Dominic Daniels.

Dominic Daniels is an on-the-rise and widely revered author/music producer based in Burbank, California. This artist has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his undeniably polished and distinct sound. Recently, Daniels developed an incredibly unique take on the EDM and electronica genres with the newly released album “Give Me E” (released under his Nega Blast X brand). Showcasing an innovative combination of EDM, Dance, Industrial, Trance, and Techno; this artist has certainly crafted a sound that he can distinctly call his own. The new album features Dominic Daniels utilizing a diverse palette of influence and crafting tracks that effectively pay homage to his influences, yet carve out an entirely unique sound.

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Upon listening to the new album, it is clear that Nega Blast X has the musical impact to compete with the industry giants. Dominic Daniels is quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and highly engaging tunes; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more intimate and immersive. Impressively, this artist does not strive to make only one specific genre of music, and is clearly dedicated to the development of his music through experimentation and blending between atmospheres.

With Nega Blast X, Dominic Daniels has effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned with style and flair —  and much like a mad scientist, he has stirred ferociously until what has emerged is unrecognizable — an infectious monstrosity of incredible, emotive sound.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released album is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. Each layer within the track is uniquely stunning, with each complex sound given space to breath and evolve. Beginning with the epic and cinematic first track “Alpha and Omega”, it is immediately clear that this album is going to be quite a journey. Follow up track “Breaker” capitalizes more on a techno backbeat, but maintains a grandiose sound much like the intro track.

It is important to note that Dominic Daniels has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with here.

With independent recording software and equipment growing increasingly more affordable and accessible; the music industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming incredibly difficult to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- imitate those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case. It seems as if fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any innovation, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy copy of a copy Singles.

While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety.

Nega Blast X is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly carving out an entirely unique identity.

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The variation in sound between tracks like “Damage” and “Dreamstate” proves that “Give Me E” is one of those increasingly rare transcendent releases that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the EDM or Dance genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of Dominic Daniels’s newest EP will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. Tracks like “Give Me Ecstasy” and “The Groove” effectively shy away from the typical clichés of the genres that they borrow inspiration from, with Dominic Daniels asserting his remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout each track.

Each track is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track. Daniels consistently surprises and impresses with his arranging abilities and displays a strong command of infectious synth melodies. The album progresses with each track falling back and forth between melodic/calm sections, and spirited dynamic sections.

Dominic Daniels is a remarkable artist and is definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. “Give Me E” is a MUST LISTEN!

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