Dominic Masters is the front man of London based rock band The Others, Masters keeps in contact with many of his fans by giving out his mobile telephone number on his band's website, flyers and printing it on cd singles.
Dominic Masters grew up in Haybridge, a hamlet situated on the outskirts of the City of
Wells, Somerset, with his mother, Lisa. He moved to the East Endof Londonat the age of 18 to study Politics at London Guildhall University, where he dabbled in other bands, such as Magneticawith current Others guitarist Jimmy Lager. He graduated Guildhall with a 2:1 in Politics, before working in Market Research and Magazine Advertising Sales in London.
Having made friends with London musicians such The Parkinsons, he took to forming a band. It was The Parkinsons who gave this newly formed four piece their first support slot. He called up two new musicians (
Johnny Others, bass and Martin Oldham, drums) to play alongside himself and Lager. The Others played various venues across London, notably Whitechapel's The Rhythm Factory. By 2004, The Others were signed to PoptonesRecords, a division of the Universal group for a reputed advance of £100,000. This contract was perhaps prompted after much hype from the NMEmusic magazine and a series of energetic and memorable live performances, including playing on the Abbey Road crossing, the BBC Television Centre and on a London Underground Tube.
As frontman of The Others, Dominic Masters became famed for his
socialistattitudes, guerrilla gigs, a close relationship with his fans, liberal lifestyle, openness in media interviews, and Narcotic misuse. Friendship between Masters and then Libertines guitarist Pete Dohertyprompted both to write songs based upon antics together. The Others wrote and released second single Stan Bowles and Gang Of Thieves based on these experiences with Doherty. Conversely, Doherty penned Tell It To The King from Up the Bracket and later The Man Who Would Be Kingfrom the eponymous second album. He then progressed to write the track Killamangiroabout rumoured incidents with Masters.
The debut album release from The Others failed to meet contractual sales targets in the UK. This resulted in the termination of their contract with Poptones. Poptones went on to 'drop' 12 other artists as a result of Universal's pulled support for
Alan McGee. By this stage the media had turned on Masters, culminating in NMErunning an article entitled "Whatever Happened To Dominic Masters?"
Dominic presents a regular radio show on
Phoenix FM, broadcast in the Brentwood and Billericay area of West Essex, which is also available as a podcast. The Others are currently signed to independent label Lime Records, touring their second album Inward Partsin the UK and Europe (where Inward Partsis to be released by Rough Trade).
* [http://www.phoenixfm.com/dominic-masters.php Dominic Masters' podcast show]
* [http://www.letskilltheothers.info The Others website]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/articles/2004/10/04/dominic_masters_interview_feature.shtml BBC Somerset Interview]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/blast/2005/01/dominic_masters_interview.shtml BBC Shropshire Interview]
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