Dominik Matzka is a composer of film music as well as a producer of independent popsongs. He also works as a teacher and performs his own music as a singer-songwriter.
Dominik was born in Munich, Germany, in 1994. At the age of eleven, on the way home from a piano lesson, there was an explosion of sounds in his head. That was when he started to write music.
Storytelling and associations have been playing a big role in his work ever since. Important influences were – among others – Dmitri Shostakovich, Gustav Mahler, Kate Bush, Giaccinto Scelsi, Whale song and the ritual music of Tibetan Monks.
From 2007 to 2013 Dominik took Piano and composition lessons with Michael Proksch and Vladimir Genin.
His composition studies with Klaus Lang at the University of Arts Graz (2013 to 2017) gave him some insights into contemporary classical music. He was inspired in particular by Morton Feldman’s and Giaccinto Scelsi’s works, and by encountering bassist and improviser Joëlle Léandre.
The need for more accessible forms of music led to his engagement in pop. The first songs being inspired by dreams, he began to perform as a singer-songwriter in 2017.
From 2017 to 2020, Dominik studied film music at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. There he discovered his interest in music production as a means to work directly on sound.
Dominik’s instruments are piano and voice. At the moment he is living with his partner in Freiburg, Germany. He teaches music production, songwriting and sound design at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, and at the local adult education centre.