Dominik Fürstberger is a drummer, composer, producer, and founder of Helmertstudios Mannheim. The main emphasis of his artistic endeavors lies in the intensive exploration of a hybrid of drums and live electronics, which imbues acoustic sounds with a new dimension using programming, sensors, analog effects and analog synthesizers.
He developed a fascination for sound in general while studying jazz drums at the Mannheim University of Music under the guidance of Michael Küttner. During his master's degree at the Basel Music Academy, he further expanded the scope of his work and studied drums, production, and composition with esteemed musicians such as Jeff Ballard, Daniel Dettwiler, Volker Böhm, Eric Oña and Guillermo Klein.
Dominik Fürstberger has thus pursued the goal of progressively merging the processes of composition, arrangement, interpretation, and production. This vision materializes in projects such as the electro-pop duo FLEEB ('Drip Baby'; 2019, Hout Records; 'Moon'; 2023, Radicalis), the progressive-synth-pop quartet Maha Pudma 'Loving Aquarious‘ (Maha Pudma; 2023, independent) and his solo project D#F, for which he was selected as the Artist in Residence of the Uncool Residency in Poschiavo, Switzerland, in 2019.
His versatility extends to his works in theater, where he contributed as a sound designer, drummer, and performer in the mixed-media production "Synchron" (2018) at the Eintanzhaus Mannheim and composed, produced and performed on stage at the Staatstheater Mainz in productions such as "Das Käthchen von Heilbronn" (2016/2017), “Orestes" (2017), "Musketiere!" (2018), and "Das Tal der Ahnen" (2020). At the Nationaltheater Mannheim, he served as musical director and sound artist in the youth opera "Der Sommer, als ich unsterblich war" (2020).
Additionally, as a co-founder of the oriental jazz band Haz'art Trio and the collective Beyond Borders he actively promotes cultural exchange. The fruits of these endeavors can be heard in the releases 'Infinite Chase' (Haz'art Trio; 2017, The Muse Alliance), 'It Just Happens' (Beyond Borders; 2018, Hout Records) and 'Beatles go Egypt’ (Beyond Borders; 2022, independent) and have also been showcased in numerous live performances, including the Festival International Hammamet, the Galway Jazz Festival, the Enjoy Jazz Festival, and the 'Musiksalon Welt' series curated by the Haz'art Trio at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
Since having found his own studio Helmerstudios Mannheim in 2021, he has been continuously writing, recording, mixing and producing music with the goal of exploring and crossing sound-aesthetic boundaries.