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Dom Smith (sometimes known as Dom Sphere) is a digital journalist, born in East Yorkshire who has completed a Masters in Magazine Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. He was the National Diversity Award winner for Entrepreneurial Excellence in 2012, and has previously been voted one of the happiest people in the country according to the Independent on Sunday. He has also carried the Paralympic Flame for the city of York.
In 2021, following a stint working in the US, as a Journalist in Residence for MIT, now based across Yorkshire and the North of England for work stuff, Dom runs the music publication, Soundsphere. The project (in online and print form) has held bases in Manchester, Chester and York before coming to Hull, and has worked on festivals including Leeds and Download in the UK, Sziget in Hungary, Exit in Serbia and SXSW in America. Soundsphere is funded by advertorial from clubs, bars and academic institutions looking to run work placements, and runs regular live music showcases, promoting national, and local charities including CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably), Accessible Arts and Media (York) and Samaritans (Hull).
In addition, Dom works as part of Wobbling About and Rocking Out (promoting disability and mental health awareness) and the Creative Condition doing PR and marketing work for various clients. Throughout his career, Dom has had the opportunity to conduct regular workshops and talks around the country about entrepreneurship, media and journalism with students, and work regularly as a mentor for young people, working with The Warren Youth Project in Hull, and more.
In previous years, Dom has written for Metro, Rock Sound magazine, WhatCulture, The Quietus, T3 magazine, NME.com, Stuff magazine, Metal Hammer magazine (and others), and has interviewed everyone from Rammstein, Placebo, Alice In Chains and Judas Priest to The 1975, McBusted as well as emerging talent including Yungblud, as well as international entertainers including magician Dynamo, wrestler Ric Flair and many more.
Alongside working on his own solo electronic music, Dom has been the drummer for blues rock band Stickybackplastics, York hardcore punks SEEP AWAY, Hull doom metal two-piece The Parasitic Twins and a forthcoming post-punk studio project, Mary and The Ram. He is also the host of the Gimme A Hull Yeah wrestling podcast.
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Cool stuff that's happened to me...
Professional Player football magazine work examples (print pages in PDF format)
A (PDF) extract from the Technology Section that I researched and edited for Professional Player's summer issue in 2013.
A (PDF) extract from the Entertainment Section that I researched and edited for Professional Player's summer issue in 2013.
A (PDF) section on the best cameras on the market that I researched and edited for Professional Player's summer issue in 2013.
Soundsphere magazine (print)
After famously walking on the River Thames and rising to fame, legendary magician, Dynamo, shows no signs of slowing down with his latest endeavour; a live arena tour. We spoke to Dynamo about the logistics of the tour, his career and the importance of perseverance. S] How has the tour been going?
Photographs courtesy of LaRoache Brothers (Woolhouse Studios) Over three decades into an incredible career at the forefront of electronic music, Gary Numan is still passionate, motivated and utterly resistant to the music industry's shiny happy bollocks.
Dom Smith of Soundsphere magazine recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. The self-titled debut album from SCAR THE MARTYR sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No.
Press release samples
Amber Warren's new video for her debut single, 'Cobwebs' is out today. Check it out! An immense young talent, for sure. [like_to_read][/like_to_read] "Of the track, Amber comments: "Cobwebs means being ill and fragile. The lyrics represent the fear of what is to come.
Grimsby-based psych-grunge threesome, Sewer Rats are ready to unleash their awesome, fully-charged sonic devastation into the world with the arrival of their new 'Mother Acid' EP on Friday, November 25. These lads were swamp-fed on a raw diet of proper grunge and balls-out thrash - it's like freakin' Motorhead-meets-Mudhoney and Melvins, or something, man.
Beth McCarthy is the 19-year-old British singer/songwriter, storyteller and former street musician who will play her debut show in America on Chicago's JBTV on Friday, October 7, presented by disruptive furniture brand, Muzo.
Culture, tech and lifestyle work samples
I have Cerebral Palsy and walk with the aid of two sticks at all times. With much effort, I go Christmas shopping, to live music events, and I travel as much as my wobbly legs will allow.
I've got a couple of things to waggle my sticks at because of The Undateables. The first episode of series 4 aired on Channel 4 last night (Monday, January 5 at 9pm).
Guest writing and broadcasting
The Apprentice is back on television screens for its 10th series but there has never been a visibly disabled person in the programme. Why? Over the years The Apprentice has ensured an incredibly diverse group of candidates. There's always been a 50/50 gender split between men and women and a broad range of religions, sexualities, races and social backgrounds.
There has been the already noted re-emergence of goth music- the neu Goth of indie acts like Savages and many others who play indie with a dark edge. At the same time operating outside the indie obsessed media is a whole new industrial scene that is fast rising as, Dom Smith, the editor of Soundsphere magazine notes...
Being interviewed about stuff...
Becky Liggero talks to Dominic Smith, the founder of Soundsphere Magazine and co-founder of Disabled Entrepreneurs, and he speaks about the Internet Brain and how it can be used to engage and reach out to the industry's audience through a range of ways.
News articles about my projects...
20 September 2013 An independent music magazine which was based upon an idea that was originally a student project has now been launched as a smartphone app. "Soundsphere", which champions alternative music in the North of England and features bands, artists and culture on a local, national and international level is the brainchild of entrepreneur and former Wyke Sixth Form College student Dominic Smith.
On Saturday May 30, Soundsphere ("the ultimate guide to alternative culture in the north of england and worldwide" in their own words) will hosting a gig featuring Bull (pictured above), Keroscene, Broken Skulls andBaby Tooth, with all proceeds going towards CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably. Read on for About CALM...