Born In: Naples, Florida, United States
American singer, songwriter, and actor Dominic Fike is best known for his hit track 3 Nights, which catapulted him to global fame. He is also known to his fans as Elliot, the main lead of the teen drama series Euphoria. Fike had a difficult childhood, dealing with his mother’s drug-related arrests. He began gaining fame with his SoundCloud releases. He was later jailed for battery, but his debut EP, Don't Forget About Me, Demos, made him a music sensation. In 2020, he released his debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong. Over the years, he has headlined a Fortnite concert series, collaborated with artists such as Zendaya and Justin Bieber, recorded a cover for Paul McCartney's remix album McCartney III Imagined, and performed at Coachella 2023. He has won the NME for Essential New Artists for 2020 award and has been nominated for a Grammy (as a featured artist), too.
Also Known As: Dominic David Fike
siblings: Alex, Apollonia (Apple), Sean
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Florida
education: Palmetto Ridge High School
Dominic Fike was born Dominic David Fike, on December 30, 1995, in Naples, Florida, US. He is of Filipino, African-American, and Haitian descent.
He grew up with a sister, Apollonia aka Apple; a younger brother, Alex aka ALX; and an older brother, Sean. Alex grew up to be a musician.
Fike was 10 when he got his first guitar. He once recalled how his father, Dave, had taught him to play guitar chords. Fike also owned an iPad, and he and his siblings would create music on GarageBand. He once created a Thanksgiving music video, with him rapping and his brother Alex singing.
Fike initially attended the Naples High School and then joined the Estero High School. Following this, Fike attended a computer school and then the Palmetto Ridge High School. He graduated in 2014. Though he joined college soon after, he quit after just 3 days.
Throughout Fike’s childhood, his mother was jailed quite often. He thus spent his days in the homes of his relatives or the friends of his parents. He and his brother Sean would often spend time at his friend Stefan’s guest house, which they named the Backhouse. They would freestyle there.
Later, they formed a rap collective with members such as Slyte, Ike Lysergic, and Seno. Fike also launched a sub-group named Lame Boys ENT.
In 2015, they began performing at music festivals and attracted media attention, too. Fike began uploading tracks on the internet in his high school days. His first YouTube track was a song named Not a Word.
Dominic Fike gained initial fame with his tracks that he uploaded on SoundCloud, working with his then producer, Hunter Pfeiffer. On October 16, 2018, at the tender age of 22, he released the EP Don't Forget About Me, Demos. He had apparently recorded it while on house arrest for battery of a police officer. The EP featured the hit Babydoll.
Fike later served time at Collier County Jail for violation of his house arrest. His EP, however, attracted several record labels, and they made a bee-line to sign him up.
By then, all of Fike’s music released before the EP was deleted from streaming services. Following his release in April 2018, he bagged a deal with Columbia for $4 million in August that year. Fike revealed that he had joined the record label primarily to fund the lawyer fee for his mother, who was fighting drug charges back then.
His single 3 Nights, released the same year, soon catapulted him to global fame. The song peaked within the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and the UK. It made it to several Spotify playlists and received rave reviews from outlets such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Billboard.
Billboard subsequently called him a Breakout Act to Watch. A music video for 3 Nights was released to Fike’s YouTube channel on April 4, 2019. The track also made it to Barack Obama’s best-of-2019 playlist.
On April 4, 2019, the American hip-hop collective Brockhampton posted a video named This Is Dominic Fike on their YouTube channel. It featured the single 3 Nights. He has also collaborated on several tracks with Brockhampton's Kevin Abstract, which have been posted on the channel, including their hit Peach from Abstract's album Arizona Baby.
On June 7, 2019, Fike released the singles Açaí Bowl and Rollerblades. Roughly a month later, on July 4, 2019, he released the single Phone Numbers, produced by Kenny Beats.
In October 2019, he released the music video for the song. In January 2020, Fike was featured on American singer Halsey’s track Dominic's Interlude.
On June 26, 2020, Fike released Chicken Tenders, the first single from his then un-named debut album. On July 9 that year, Fike released the single Politics & Violence and announced that he would release his debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, on July 31 that year. The album featured his hit tracks Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake), Good Game, and Vampire, too.
On August 7, 2020, he was featured on The New York Times Presents. In September that year, Fike headlined for the Fortnite concert series. In March 2021, Fike appeared as a featured artist in Justin Bieber’s Die for You, which had elements of new wave, disco, funk, and dance pop.
In August 2021, Fike declared he had joined the cast of the 2nd season of the teen drama Euphoria. The series, which was based on an Israeli miniseries of the same name, featured him in the role of a student named Elliot.
In March 2022, Dominic and Zendaya released their version of Elliot’s Song, which was part of the soundtrack of Euphoria. The track was nominated for the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Fike has won awards such as the NME for Essential New Artists for 2020 award. As a featured artist on Justin Bieber’s album Justice, Fike was nominated for 2022 Grammy Award for the Album of the Year. Along with co-star Hunter Schafer, he was nominated for the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Award for the Best Kiss for Euphoria. He is also quite popular on Instagram.
Dominic Fike made his Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival debut at the Outdoor Theater of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in April 2023. He has been featured on Paul McCartney's remix album McCartney III Imagined (2021) and has collaborated with American singer Remi Wolf and British rapper Slowthai, too.
Dominic Fike was initially in a relationship with American actor Diana Silvers of Space Force fame. In 2020, he dated model Massima Desire. It is also rumored that he has been dating his trans co-star from Euphoria, actor and model Hunter Schafer.
A tattoo lover, he has the initials of the subgroup Lame Boys ENT tattooed on his forehead. He also sports a tattoo of the face of Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante on his right hand. Fike also has an apple tattoo beneath his right eye, as a tribute to his sister Apple. He is fond of coloring his hair in different shades, too.
Fike once stated how his first big buy, a jacket, was eventually stolen by a friend. He also often avoids reading reviews of his albums when they are released and goes for vacations, instead. He considers his brother Alex his best friend.
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