Sareena Dominguez Gets Her Groove on With Moonbeams

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Which isn't to say the demos were bad, but many of them have been scrubbed from the web, and Dominguez is eager to discuss her transformation from a Courtney Marie Andrews-style singer/songwriter (Andrews is also signed to River Jones Music Label) into something new, while retaining her dreamy vocals and starry-eyed aura.

But those aren't the only changes the Gilbert-raised singer made in the last four months. At first, she was merely experimented with fronting a band, but now bassist Matthew Vierra and drummer John E. Hopkins are playing with her full-time. Dominguez explains that learning to step away from the straightforward singer-songwriter model has given her more confidence as well.

"It's not just me playing the instrument and it's not just people focusing on my guitar playing and my singing," Dominguez says. "They can focus on the drums and the bass and the volume and excitement it adds. And they can actually dance to my music now and groove a little, more as opposed to sitting back and listening to it, taking it in. They can actually get into it."

Dominguez has enjoyed having the band on the road, including a gig at Northern Arizona University's KJACK Day and an exposition at South by Southwest at a River Jones showcase. In that time, she's branched out in Phoenix as well, playing shows everywhere she can, from The Trunk Space to The Crescent Ballroom to coffee shops like The Fixx.

Dominguez says she digs the music scene in Phoenix, especially how tight-knit it's become.

"Everyone's close with each other and supports each others music. It's getting bigger, too. A lot more people are coming out with their albums and playing shows," Dominguez says enthusiastically. "I don't think they thought they could play shows in Phoenix before because the scene is so small. A lot of the music coming out of it's really awesome too. I've been listening to a lot of Tobie Milford lately. He's really awesome and it's crazy to think that we have such talented people like that here that we have all to ourselves."

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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