Last week we posted a video on YouTube inviting you to leave any questions you might or might not have had for us. We've chosen our favourites, and will now attempt to answer them for you. Here goes...
What was your full time job before going YouTube pro?
Brett: I was a freelance IT technician for a while, but I'm not actually that great at computers so I didn't get much work. After that I was headhunted for a position at the Merrion Centre branch of Poundstretcher, where I worked for four solid years. I left briefly in 2007 to do seasonal work at Boots, but I only lasted three months. Mainly due to Christmas coming and going. Throughout 2008 I was booked to play numerous solo shows (keyboard/vox) at Kirkstall Court Care Home.
Steven: I worked part time at a call centre between the years of 2006-9, dealing largely in market research.
Brett: Part time? You told me it was full time?
Steven: Yeah, I thought it was. But apparently fifteen hours a week technically counts as a part time job. It's a shame really, if I'd have known I could have maybe done something else as well... Anyway, two years ago I got promoted to 'Front of House' at Leeds Grand Theatre, which is a dream come true. That was full time. Since we went YouTube pro though, I've been able to significantly reduce my hours.
If you said you would like YouTube to be your full time job, why do you guys make videos every second week instead of every week?
What you have to understand, macke09339, is that uploading the videos for you to watch and enjoy is just a small part of doing YouTube fulltime. We have to be constantly thinking of new ideas, rehearsing songs, jamming, building video sets and sourcing equipment in order to make the best possible videos to put online. Also, Steven still works part time at the theatre (see above).
Can you answer my question?
I don't see why not.
If you could date anyone you choose, any celebrity, who would it be?
Brett: If I could date any celebrity it would probably be... Davina McCall. Circa Big Brother 4.
Steven: Lauren Higginbottom.
Brett: Who's Lauren Higginbottom?
Steven: She works behind the bar at the theatre.
NinaHoney3 and LeverneBredosian both asked:
Steven, would you go out on a date with me?
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What kind of products do you use to style your hair?
Brett: I use L'oreal Studio Indestructable Extreme Hold / Elastic Resistance.
Steven: I use Garnier Fructis Ultimate Survivor Gel with Cactus Extract.
When gigging, we share a Kent Sawcut 7T comb.
How often do you go to Leeds City Centre?
Steven works at the theatre 3 times a week. We both go to Morrisons once a week (independently) for the weekly big shop. So accumulatively: we go to Leeds City Centre 5 times a week. As a mean average: 2.5 times.
Where can I buy that T-shirt?
If you're referring to the T-shirts we are wearing in the video in which we explain that the T-shirts we are wearing are available from our new website, then you can buy them from our new website. Just click on the 'merch' tab.
Sunnygirly2k4 and tomh9876 both asked:
Does C-Bomb plan to do anymore songs?
Brett: I spoke to Charles (aka. dubstep producer, C-Bomb; aka. my cousin) last week actually on a routine visit to Sheffield. He played me two songs he's been working on, which, quite frankly, blew my mind. It's all a bit on the 'down-low' at the minute, but there should hopefully be something very exciting coming to your computer screens in the near future. I'll keep you posted. Or, alternatively, keep an eye on his Facebook page.
mindstormmaster, FlorianSwe, nikkidriggers, Fothergill123, pmreddick1, Splendliferous, cukococo, mattyc0896, Zachhanly, 1975Sandust, TheJoyceThing, musicalmedli, hoggy230781, TheXrayvision, dazznutts and Itlfrari all asked:
If you're called the Brett Domino Trio, why are there only two of you? Where's the third guy? Where's Mitch Hutchinson? What happened to Mitch Hutchinson, Etc, etc, etc.
The answers to these questions are technically already available within the 'Info' section of this website, and have been for some time... so, bit of a waste of a question to be honest. To humour you though, we'll provide you with an update... Mitch has just moved out of his parents' house in Kendal to London, and is currently composing music exclusively for extreme sports movie trailers.
why no moar trio? why other guy poo out? [sic]
Please see above.
What artists or bands do you listen to? What do you think is the best album of 2011?
We listen to everything from heavy rock (Rick Wakeman) to modern gangsta rap (Tinie Tempah). We obviously have a strong appreciation for electronic music, but we have absolutely nothing against acoustic music. As for our favourite album of 2011...
Brett: 'Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 80'. Definitely one of the top 25 volumes.
Steven: In July I purchased Mike Oldfield's 1989 album, 'Earth Moving'. That's certainly my album of the year.
Can you recommend a good cheap keytar for beginners?
Brett: I'm afraid not. Although I suppose it depends on your definitions of 'cheap' and 'good' and 'beginner'... I've forgotten what point I was making. Try this one...
Why aren't you called the Steven Peavis Trio?
Simply because Brett is the frontperson and bandleader; and had already established himself as a successful solo act long before recruiting Steven and Mitch. The use of his name within the band title in no way undermines the talent and importance of Steven Peavis. Steven is widely regarded as Yorkshire's finest keyboard drummer, and is almost irreplaceable.
What is your favourite video that you have uploaded and why?
Brett: My favourite video that we done is probably the 'Ministry of Sound Medley' - mainly because we got to utilise the Ministry of Sound's full light/laser show and industrial smoke machine; but also because of the sheer array of instruments involved.
Steven: I like the 'Shark' video for similar reasons - I particularly enjoyed constructing the enormous, customised instrument rigs we used. My absolute favourite video, though, would have to be 'I Feel For You'; because that was my favourite outfit and we did that duel drum solo.
Why should I buy your merchandise?
Not really sure if you're after a condensed sales pitch or just being passive aggressive... Either way, we have quality garments, mugs, posters and album covers available in the 'merch' section of this site.
How long do you practice for every song?
It varies. Anywhere between twenty minutes and a fortnight.
If you could replace Mitch Hutchinson with a member of Steps, who would you pick and why?
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would it be and why?
What was the very first instrument you played?
We both were fortunate enough to be born into households with electronic keyboards, so we started playing from a very early age.
Steven: I never really discovered the 'on' button as a very young child though, so I took a much more rhythmic approach to performance, even from a young age.
Brett: Here is a photograph of me (age 3?) getting ready to play my first gig in the living room. Unfortunately I seem to have forgotten to put on trousers. My parents were obviously too polite to tell me.
Why do you use keyboards and electronic instruments instead of real ones?
Not really sure how you can justify suggesting that keyboards and electronic instruments are in some way not 'real'...? (The question mark is rhetorical. There's no question there).
How many instruments do you own?
In total, we probably own about thirty physical instruments. However, many of those instruments have the ability to recreate the sounds of all manner of instruments that we don't own through electronic synthesis and sampling, so the actual figure is probably closer to 300,000.
TheIllodgeicalMedia and InsectsGalore both asked:
Will you do a Daft Punk Melody? [sic]
Do you really like it? Is it, is it wicked?
We thoroughly enjoy everything that we do.
Have you ever accidentally the whole keyboard?
Can't even think what you might have been trying to say...
What famous people have you met?
Loads. Most notably: Stephen Mulhern, Tim Lovejoy, Ricky from the Kaiser Chiefs, Chris Moyles, Ant, Dec and Susan Boyle.