Summer 2015, and Dornik is about to fulfil that potential with the release of his debut PMR/Island single “Drive” and, later in the year, his stunning self-written, self-produced, self-titled debut album “Dornik”. And in case you are wondering...his mother’s name is Dorothy and his father’s name is Nick.... wonder no more.
Co-written and produced by Dornik, “Drive” was mixed by the legendary Russ Elevado who’s best known for his work on D’Angelos’s Voodoo, and also for his work with Rick Rubin, The Roots, Erykah Badu and many more.
Singer songwriter drummer and producer Dornik never went after the spotlight, but the spotlight found him anyway. The quiet Croydon born musician was content for years to stay behind his drumkit, keeping his own bedroom-recorded, sun- streaked electronic love songs a secret. “It was just a private hobby,” he says now. “I never saw myself as a frontman.” It was while on tour with soon to be label-mate Jessie Ware that she heard his demos, and immediately knew he’d be right at home alongside her on PMR, the home of forward-thinking, leftfield pop. If it wasn’t for her, the world might never have stumbled across this hidden gem.
With his debut self-titled album, Dornik is set to bring something unique to the PMR roster. Brimming with classic funk- infused melodies as if heard through a mirage of electronics, Dornik’s is a kind of introverted soul. With PMR behind him, Dornik made his first appearance on the musical landscape back in 2013, with the bubbling electronic soul of “Something About You.” Over the course of the next two years, he followed this with “Rebound,” “On My Mind” and “Second Thoughts”: groove-led jams that focus around his percussionist obsession with creating addictive rhythms. It was while writing these particular songs that Dornik also found his groove with storytelling, describing his process as being like “scripting a short film.” Impressionistic yet passionate, the result is something like a film full of palm tree-fringed montages; dream sequences bleed into love scenes, with lyricism that weaves everyday observation into far-off fantasy.