Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Dom Deshawn (born Dominique Mattox) grew up listening to artists such as Missy Elliott, Nas, Slum Village, Little Brother, and Aaliyah. At the age of 16, he started writing and creating music with his childhood friend and producer, Destin. Dom has continuously developed and released new projects since his first mixtape, A Work in Progress, in 2011. With Moods & Interludes (2014), Before Sunset (2016) and AfterhOurz (2017), Dom has received critical reception, being featured in Columbus Alive and performing nationally in cities such as LA and Chicago. Since 2017 he has released several projects, including his newest release Maintainin'.