Ipswich’s self-professed prophet of prose, alt-electro-rock artist DAMIEN powerfully pushes against mainstream conventions with poignant, post-punk political commentaries and calls for social activism.
Originally born in Sydney, NSW, DAMIEN has at one stage or another called Armidale, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, 'home'. He now resides in the city of Ipswich, 45mins west of Brisbane.
Growing up in regional centers where peer acceptance came through playing sports, DAMIEN did not explore his musical and artistic abilities until later in life, first taking up guitar as a 16 year old as a means of coping with heartbreak and loss.
DAMIEN has always struggled to 'fit in' and has often felt misunderstood and rejected throughout his life, frequently wrestling with his self-identity, spirituality, sexuality and gender.
Emerging in early 2020 with his debut album, 'Passive Aggression', an entirely self-produced project recorded in his loungeroom, DAMIEN began forming his sound by merging elements of hip-hop and indie-rock.
Later that same year, DAMIEN's music evolved further, taking on a heavier, more electronic sound, with hints of industrial, which solidified him as an artists hell bent on causing a ruckus that disrupts the conventions of current day capitalism.
He ended the year with back to back sold out shows in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
In 2021 DAMIEN released his 2nd full length album, 'Girl', which saw DAMIEN establish himself as an alt-electro-rock artist whose music and lyrics touched on social and political issues. His 'Your Woman' music video, which highlighted issues faced by transgender women when dating, received critical acclaim.
DAMIEN continued his run of sold out performances, and in May 2021 launched his album in front of a near capacity crowd at the iconic Lefty's Music Hall in Brisbane, earning critical acclaim for his energy and crowd engagement during his performance.
DAMIEN has received national airplay and has featured in local, national and international publications. He has shared the stage with the likes of Daryl Braithwaite, The Temper Trap and The Angels and has charted on Triple J Unearthed.
“DAMIEN Transcends Expectations On New Album 'Girl'” - Scenestr
“DAMIEN is a musically diverse and unique artist, delivering a silver platter of alternative electronics” - Happy Mag
“DAMIEN...invokes both the participation and acknowledgement of the crowd. You can't fault his enthusiasm.” - Scenestr
“DAMIEN captures the emotions of these dire times. With melodic hooks that draw you in and a beat that resonates throughout” - Music Is My Muse
“Depeche Mode got really drunk at a dance party and hooked up with Regurgitator and Nine Inch Nails.” - Scenestr
“ Crowd In My Hand is a powerful track, featuring a strong and distinctly memorable vocal performance from DAMIEN. With polished and slick production and a chorus ready made for crowd participation, “Crowd In My Hand” is all set to be a fan favourite.” - AU Review
“DAMIEN is actively...shifting broader community attitudes so everyone can experience love, acceptance and connection” - Scenestr
“DAMIEN is creating an industrial/electro ruckus out of Ipswich” - Australian Musician