Dom was initially drawn in by the sound of the saxophone which is the main reason why he started playing it in the first place. Ever since then the sound of the instrument has been a subject of interest for him. Dom plays the whole range of saxophones, but has discovered a natural affinity with the extreme registers of the saxophone range; the Soprano and Baritone sax and more recently the Bass Clarinet and Guitar. Dom has a strong blues sound embedded into all his saxophones and sounds like himself. However, within the overall blues sound on all his horns he has also created a individual and separate sound to each instrument, which you can relate towards certain players for a rough sound guide. This has been achieved through a mixture of equipment and osmosis.
Soprano sax: Dom has created a beautiful sound relatable to that of Andy Sheppard (a big influence on the soprano) with a Celtic edge to the tone and a four octave range. Dom has osmosed the Celtic folk sound onto the soprano by playing gigs with English/Irish folk musician Tim Madden, performing and recording folk/blues originals and standards at local gigs in the Salisbury area.
Alto Sax: Dom has created a vintage tone relatable to that of the vintage crisp sound of Charlie Parker combined with the bright punchy, modern sound of Gerald Albright. Dom uses a Antoine Courtois for a bright vintage tone and a Trevor James Signature Custom Raw for a mellower darker vintage tone.
Tenor sax: Dom has created a sound relatable to that of the 60's Rock'n'Roll and 70's funk/soul players: and whilst playing in a Rock'n'Roll band called "The Second Sons", the son of the legendary late great Bobby Keys (saxophonist) Jesse Keys watched a gig and was reduced to tears of joy as the sound reminded him of his father, playing a solo which Bobby Keys himself actually recorded with the band.
Baritone sax: Dom has created a big, rich, dark, bluesy sound relatable to that of the late Hamiet Bluiette with a smooth clear timbre when playing ballads. Within a matter of weeks of picking up the baritone sax Dom could play the altissimo register with particular ease and astonished audiences with this ability and his sound. Dom has acquired a chromatic range of over 5 octaves on the horn, surprisingly not having started playing the baritone until late 2010! Dom uses a Conn-Selmer Premier PBS 380v