We Are Domi

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We Are Domi
Also known asDOMI
OriginPrague, Czech Republic
Leeds, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active2016–present
Members
  • Dominika Hašková
  • Casper Hatlestad
  • Benjamin Rekstad
Past members
  • Jostein Braaten
  • Jemma Freese
  • Theo Goss
  • Paolo Mazzoni

We Are Domi, formerly known as Domi (stylised in all caps), is a Czech-Norwegian electropop band formed in Leeds, United Kingdom in 2016.[2] The band consists of lead vocalist Dominika Hašková, guitarist Casper Hatlestad, and keyboardist Benjamin Rekstad.[3][4] The three met during their studies at the Leeds College of Music.[3]

Having won the Czech national selection ESCZ 2022 in December 2021, the band represented the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song "Lights Off".[1][5]

History

We Are Domi was originally founded as a one-time project to serve as Hašková's backup band for an examination concert in 2016.[2][6] Besides Hašková, Hatlestad and Rekstad, it included Norwegian drummer Jostein Braaten, and British keyboardist and backing vocalist Jemma Freese, who were all studying at the Leeds College of Music at the time.[7][8] After the project, they decided to continue making music together.[6] In 2019, their debut single "Let Me Follow" was released.[7] Braaten and Freese later left the band.[7] In 2020, the band relocated from the United Kingdom to Prague, Czech Republic.

Eurovision Song Contest 2022

In 2021, the band was announced as one of the seven acts participating in the music competition ESCZ 2022, which served as the Czech national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[9] The winner was determined by a combination of votes from an international jury panel (50%), votes from the international public (25%), and votes from the Czech public (25%). Votes could be cast between 7 and 15 December 2021 via the official Eurovision Song Contest app.[10][11] On 16 December 2021, "Lights Off" by We Are Domi was announced as the winner, having received a total of 21 points.[5][12]

Members

Dominika Hašková is a Czech-American singer, songwriter and musical actress. She was born on 3 May 1995 in Buffalo, New York to Czech parents.[13] Her father is the well-known ice hockey player Dominik Hašek, who played for the Buffalo Sabres at the time of her birth.[3] In 2010, Hašková participated in the first season of the talent show Česko Slovensko má talent, reaching the final.[3] In 2013, she played the role of Florence Vassy in the Czech version of the musical Chess.[14][15]

Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad are Norwegian musicians and songwriters. Hatlestad was born on 8 April 1994, and grew up in Sola near Stavanger, Norway.[16][17] For his master's project, he developed a "bow guitar" – a guitar that is played with a bow.[18] Rekstad was born on 18 February 1995, and grew up in Nesodden, Norway.[6][19][20] Hatlestad and Rekstad have both been members of the bands Skogmus and the Wardrobe Quintet, prior to joining We Are Domi.[7] Since 2020, they have worked as music teachers at the International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague.[7][20]

Current members

  • Dominika Hašková (2016–present) – lead vocals
  • Casper Hatlestad (2016–present) – guitar
  • Benjamin Rekstad (2016–present) – keyboards

Former members

  • Jostein Braaten (2016–2019) – drums
  • Jemma Freese (2016–2020) – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Theo Goss (2020) – drums[21]
  • Paolo Mazzoni (2020) – drums[22]

Discography

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CZE (100)
[23]
CZE (50)
[24]
LIT
[25]
SWE
Heat.

[26]
"Let Me Follow" 2019 Non-album singles
"Wouldn't That Be Nice"
"I'm Not Alright" 2020
"Someone New"
"Come Get Lost" 2021
"Lights Off" 17 5 43 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"High-Speed Kissing" (Lake Malawi feat. We Are Domi) 2022 Non-album single

References

  1. ^ a b "Česko vysílá na Eurovizi kapelu We Are Domi". ČT24 (in Czech). 17 December 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b "We Are Domi". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Johnston, Raymond (17 December 2021). "Band led by hockey legend Hašek's daughter scores Czech Eurovision nom". Expats.cz. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  4. ^ Klemetzen, Kristian Havnes (17 December 2021). "To nordmenn med på Tsjekkias Eurovision-bidrag". VG (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Czech out the latest Eurovision participants: We Are Domi". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 16 December 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Knudsen, Steinar (9 December 2021). "Se video: Benjamin fra Nesodden med gode odds i MGP-finalen her". Akershus Amtstidende (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e Carter, William (20 December 2021). "Czech Republic: Five Things to Know About We Are Domi". ESC United. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  8. ^ Hartley, Kath (29 April 2019). "Sound City 19: DOMI". Leeds Conservatoire. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  9. ^ Farren, Neil (6 December 2021). "Czech Republic: ESCZ 2022 Entries Revealed". Eurovoix. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Česká televize uzavřela přihlašování skladeb do národního kola ESCZ 2022". Česká televize (in Czech). Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Czech Republic reveals lucky 7 for 'ESCZ 2022'". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 6 December 2021. Retrieved 6 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Otto, Melanie (16 December 2021). "Czech republic: We Are Domi will turn the Lights Off in Turin". ESC United. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Dominika Hašková". Celebwiki (in Czech). Blesk.cz. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  14. ^ Čeladník, Jiří (15 May 2013). "Parádní úspěch. Dominátorova dcera září v anglicky zpívaném muzikálu". Super.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  15. ^ Boleslav, Petr (15 May 2013). "CHESS: The Musical". NSS.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Casper Bjelland Hatlestad". Rogalyd (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  17. ^ We Are Domi [@we.are.domi] (8 April 2022). "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO @casperhatlestad!". Retrieved 7 May 2022 – via Instagram.
  18. ^ Jeevaharan, Gayatri (15 December 2021). "Casper (27) fra Stavanger kan vinne Melodi Grand Prix i Tsjekkia". Byas (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  19. ^ We Are Domi [@we.are.domi] (18 February 2020). "It's our boii @benjaminrekstad 's birthday today". Retrieved 7 May 2022 – via Instagram.
  20. ^ a b "We Are Domi". Eurovision Spain (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  21. ^ We Are Domi [@we.are.domi] (11 January 2020). "2020 is finally here!!". Retrieved 7 May 2022 – via Instagram.
  22. ^ We Are Domi [@we.are.domi] (28 August 2020). "IT'S BEEN A WHILE EVERYONE!". Retrieved 7 May 2022 – via Instagram.
  23. ^ "Rádio Top 100: We Are Domi – Lights Off" (in Czech). IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  24. ^ "Rádio Top 50 CZ: We Are Domi – Lights Off" (in Czech). IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  25. ^ "2022 20-os savaitės klausomiausi (Top 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  26. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 20". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 20 May 2022.


Awards and achievements
Preceded by Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
2022
Succeeded by
TBA
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