Dominic Owen is a Producer, Engineer, Writer, DJ and owner of Smokersblend Records & Audioblend Mastering
An early convert to Hip Hop he released his first record in 1988 under the alias Dj Quick & Fizal EFF, and started Sing-A-Song Records an early UK Hip Hop Record Label in 1989.
After a couple of years of release’s and touring Europe Dominic spent the 1990’s in New York where he would go onto to work with some of the biggest name’s in the industry. Initially with Hitman Howie Tee at his home studio in Flatbush, where he produced three songs on Little Shawn’s debut album ‘The Man In The Mirror’, alongside production for Special Ed, Chubb Rock, Lady Kazan and E.S.P.
In 1993 his musical home became High Class Productions in Brownsville, Brooklyn. At this infamous studio many of the 90’s Hip Hop legend’s like Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, M.O.P. and AZ and many more would pass through. It was around this time Dominic produced ‘Things Done Changed‘ on Notorious B.I.G’s ground breaking classic “Ready To Die” considered a modern day classic with over 6 million worldwide sales. During this time he also produced and wrote songs for Rakim, PMD, Lil Kim, Anthony Hamilton, Damage, Nonchalant as well as other local and international artists.
In 1998 he produced the Bugs Bunny theme song from the Space Jam soundtrack at the legendary Hit Factory Studios with Billy West and Jay-Z. The album has sold over 9 million copies worldwide, making it the third highest selling soundtrack in history.
On his return to England he recorded albums with Black Grape offshoot Manmade vocalist Jeffrey Darnell for Talkin Loud and Inspiral Carpets singer Tom Hingley.
Dominic has produced several television commercials, including an award winning British Telecom advert, as well as several documentaries, his music and syncc’s appears regularly on CNN, The History Channel and National Geographic Channel.
Current projects are “The Love Theme” who’s debut album “How Rude” is out now on Permanent Damage Records. The album and all of the single’s have gained Radio One airplay over the lat 18 month’s with support from Nightmares On Wax, Nihal, Giles Peterson and Tim Westwood.
In 2012 he became Executive Producer for the “Colin Cooper Project” overseeing the Production, Mixing and Mastering of the Climax Blues Band archive’s and re-issues. The first album “From The Vaults” is due out in 2014 on Repertoire Records