One Musician to have benefited from the community-focused projects at QM Studios is Dominic McMahon aka Krystal Gob.
In 2009 he reached the final of a national beat boxing competition. Now aged 29 music is still a big part of Dom’s life and QM Studios has given him the opportunity to record in a professional environment.
“When I started out, beatboxing was huge” says Dom “There are beatboxers on YouTube with a big following but it needs something new to bring it into the mainstream. I draw from a lot of different sources and my influences are quite eclectic. I want to convey a message covering politics or religious subjects so it’s not just about beat boxing.”
Dom, like a lot of us, has faced challenges in his life and been a regular visitor to QM Studios' Thursday outreach sessions for many years now, having been introduced to QM through our links with the Richmond Fellowship.
“I was thinking about packing it in as I was losing confidence, but the guys at QM encouraged me to carry on because music is my passion. Performing music is therapeutic; it is like medicine. It helps you to channel energy into something positive. Now I have confidence to perform”.
"I have been coming to QM Studios for a few years. I visit every week and it has helped me tremendously. I also help at workshops they run for people with disabilities. I like just to help them do what they love doing. It is a big part of my life now.”
Dom wanted to tell his story so we arranged for him to work with Jason Sparks at Ethos Films.