DOMi and JD Beck kicked off their tour with a sold-out show at Deep Ellum

DOMi and JD Beck opened their North American tour on Monday night at a sold-out Deep Ellum Art Company. The tour comes in support of the duo’s debut album, Not tight, which we named the best new album of 2022. Having built a solid reputation on the internet through live recordings and their association with established hip-hop and jazz greats such as their producer Anderson. Paak, this feels like the first step towards a more traditional approach: releasing an album and then touring tirelessly behind it.

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DOMi and JD Beck had a line coming out of the Deep Ellum Art Company. Creative landscaping provided by the City of Dallas.

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DOMi and JD Beck had a full crowd at Deep Ellum Art Company.

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The teenage band members seem keen to ditch the “child prodigy” label that painted their early years. Of course, DOMi is playing the tour sitting on a real toilet, with a roll of TP, so maybe they’re just swapping out the descriptor ‘child prodigy’ for ‘children terrible’.

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When you spend hours and hours practicing, this seat can come in handy.

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JD says “Let’s play our next song”. DOMi says, “It’s called ‘Fuck You.'” JD says, “Shout out to my grandma, who’s here tonight.”

I stand next to JD’s then-grandmother while filming the show, and she graciously invites me to stand in front of her for a better angle.

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“Look JD, I can bite my tongue.”

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“That’s great, I can bite my tongue too.”

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“But can you touch your ear with your finger?”

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JD and DOMi met in 2018, then met again at Erykah Badu’s birthday party in Dallas. Within a month or two, they started a collaboration. On many levels, theirs is a perfect match. When you’re a child prodigy, it’s hard to find kids your own age to play with. Finding someone your same age who is just as talented and just as irreverent is a unique madness.

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JD keeps an eye on things.

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Although their musical talent has captured the attention of fans and seasoned professionals alike, it’s the duo’s obvious friendship and goofy kinship that endeared them to new and younger audiences. The iconic imagery of jazz is ingrained in our minds on a grainy black and white film of dark, smoky clubs. The men are distant, intellectual and inaccessible; sensual and suspicious women.

This is not the world of DOMi and JD Beck. Not yet anyway. They’re too busy making the complicated look relatively simple, the intellectual look fun, and the intimidating look inviting. A quick check of their tour dates reveals show after show is sold out, so apparently it’s working.

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You would have to be versed in theoretical physics to understand that. Fortunately, DOMi claims to be.

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Beck grew up in Dallas, but hasn’t been in town for a few years. He and the sold-out crowd were thrilled that Dallas had been selected to kick off the tour, and given their origin story, it seems fitting. At one point he exclaimed, “It’s the first show on the tour, which means you get the worst performance.” If it’s DOMi and JD Beck at worst, their future looks incredibly bright.

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DOMi and JD Beck had a sold-out tour debut.

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DOMi and JD Beck got jazzy at Deep Ellum Art Company.

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