Fike, 26, heads to upstate New York soon to record songs for his next album, the follow-up to his critically praised 2020 debut, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong.”
The plan: To write songs, experiment in the recording studio and see what happens.
“(I’ll) throw paint at the wall,” Fike says in a Zoom call from his home in Los Angeles. “I do have some ideas.”
Dominic Fike: 'I’ll come back with however many songs'
His managers have been pushing him to release new music and take advantage of his high-profile role as the laid-back, guitar-playing Elliot on the hit HBO series “Euphoria.”
“Ever since the whole TV show thing, everyone really wants me to put new music out,” he says. “So I figure I’ll go record for a month, I’ll come back with however many songs I have, mix and master them and hand ’em over.”
Fike had already started working on his second album in 2020, but he says he changed his mind about those songs. Then life got busy — largely due to his debut acting gig on “Euphoria” — and music moved to the back burner.
“The last year and a half was kind of a rollercoaster, in a weird way,” he says. “A lot happened in my personal life, I think. I took a break from music and whatnot.
"And eventually I kind of hopped back on … and started working again.”
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Now he’s going into the studio with some song ideas, but no fully written songs. The idea is to experiment and maybe get inspired by the New York countryside.
“I usually go with whatever the landscape is, you know what I mean?” he says. “When I record in Hawaii … I’m in the sun and the beach all day. When I record here (in Los Angeles), it’s kind of stale because LA is kind of stale. The air is the same. Everywhere’s the same. … There are no bugs.
"In Florida, it’s different. My mood changes with the weather. … So whatever upstate New York has to offer. I imagine I’ll go hiking and see streams. I’ll probably want to play more guitar.”
Dominic Fike hopes to release some music before season two of 'Euphoria' ends
Fike hopes to release some music before season two of “Euphoria” ends Feb. 27.
He says the new songs likely won’t sound like his previous work, including hits such as “3 Nights,” “Phone Numbers,” “Vampire” and his cover of Paul McCartney’s “The Kiss of Venus.”
Fike has other acting projects lined up after “Euphoria,” and he says that leaves less time for making music. So is music still important to him?
“Yeah, it is,” he says. “But I wouldn’t expect a tour anytime soon.”
Learn more about Fike at dominicfike.com.
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