Music is the life for a great many people, but it’s only for a select few that it actually provides a livelihood. Napak Boonruang, better known as Dom, is one of the people who can count themselves among the
lucky talented few.
Running three different bands, she has taken music from just a fun passion to a business that supports herself and her family upcountry. In this episode, she talks about making her way from Thailand’s countryside to the capital, from her first steps after arriving at a temple school to venturing in the world of music.
The first band Dom started back in her days at an all-girls high school exists to this very day: The Unicorn Girl Band. Since then, she’s launched her own solo acoustic act and founded another band called ‘The Grumps’. She and her bands have made a name for themselves in Bangkok and at contests in the region.
- Coming to Bangkok from the countryside (0:58)
- Dom’s school background (2:06)
- The origins of her first band (4:26)
- Success, competitions and failure (12:54)
- What you miss once you leave the world of live performance (17:47)
- When was the first time someone threw money at you (18:19)
- How parents see a singing daughter (21:12)
- Differences between Bangkok and the countryside (23:00)
- Supporting a family back home (25:54)
- Working hours of a band leader (28:54)
- What are your plans for the future (32:45)
Websites and People Mentioned
- Episode 7 of the Brewed in Bangkok podcast.
- Tiny Moon – Dom’s acoustic act
- The Grumps – her latest all girls band project
- Unicorn Girl Band – the original all girls band that Dom founded in high school and that’s still running
- Girls Rock Asia – the upcoming all girls band competition on October 21st to 23rd at Flow House Bangkok
- Tiny Moon performs @ Kiwi Bar and Restaurant every Wednesday 7:30PM – 9:30PM
- In WXYZ @ Aloft Hotel every Saturday