Artist Name: DAMYN
Song Title: Other Side of the Glass
Release Date: February 2, 2018
DAMYN – Other Side of the Glass
DAMYN took an unconventional path to Indie Pop music. In 2009 he went on a vision quest to Madagascar, into the jagged limestone structure known as the Tsingy de Bemaraha. From this experience, he received clarity about the deep importance and power of music, and his specific purpose with it. Fulfilling this purpose would require an in-depth education. That pursuit earned him a Masters of Music in Composition. DAMYN chose to apply the tools thus gained to making music in the world of Indie/Pop. Having honed his craft and his message over this long period of development, DAMYN is set to finish his debut album, The Dark Corners, in the fall of 2018.
Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
Damen Easton Liebling, United States.
Tell us your academic qualification.
Bachelor of Music in Composition from Portland State University
Master of Music in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
I’ve played in various bands and recorded as a solo artist before. This project is unconnected to those because it’s a very different style. So I kind of started anew. I’ve also composed concert art music, as I was trained to do in school. A little bit of this has been recorded and I intend to write and record more of it in the future. Most recently, in that area, I was commissioned to write a solo viola piece for a particularly virtuosic violist named Christina Ebersohl. That was a real pleasure. My artist name, DAMYN, is just a different spelling from my first name. My given spelling, “Damen” is also the German word for “ladies” and there’s a band by that name. So I changed it both for that reason and because “DAMYN” was a little more bizarre and unusual, and therefore matched this project’s aesthetic more.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video/song.
Genres: alternative, art pop, dark pop, serious pop on one level, Other Side of the Glass is an unrequited love song. This dimension of it makes it probably the most personal and autobiographical track on my forthcoming album. Then there is the broader theme of isolation – a possible sense of connection seeming so close and yet being out of reach. I wrote the lyrics to be general enough to speak to this broader theme. And this too was personal. The specific experience of unrequited love had such a big impact on me because it was in a broader context, where many factors contributed to a sense of isolation. I think that these are factors which affect most of our lives. It is in this way that the song lyrically fits with the rest of the record. Across all the album’s tracks, I’ll be exploring the aspects of our modern lives that contribute to isolation, nihilism, and our seeming inability to divorce ourselves from unsustainable trajectories. There’ll be some light at the end of the tunnel there too, as the latter portion of the record points toward healing. Hopefully, the Other Side of the Glass will make you feel something. And hopefully, you’ll continue that emotional journey with the rest of the music I’m releasing in this collection. Thanks for listening.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
Haha. I don’t know a lot about that. Put out music. Hire a PR, spend as much as you can manage on promoting through social media ads and other kinds of ads maybe (I don’t even know how you’d determine when it’s better to use other kinds of ads). Play a bunch of shows, promote them, and sell merchandise. That’s all I know really.
List your various works.
For this project, I have released 3 singles: Other Side of the Glass, On a Dance Floor, Could Be, and 1 instrumental track: This Now. The full album, entitled “The Dark Corners”, will be released in either early 2019 or the summer.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
PR, social media, ads, shows.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
“Synth shaman DAMYN imbues his pop with musical complexities…With threads of the music of pop explorers such as David Bowie and Thom Yorke, DAMYN’s music is fraught with existential weight and the fragile emotions that come with it.” – Kevin Bronson, BUZZBANDS.LA
“The mystic in DAMYN is galactic…un-cans the vulgarity of the Universe we occupy and tries to tear it to shreds with melodic alchemy and prosaic rapture.” – COMEHEREFLOYD
“…offers emotional relief on an epic scale…If ‘Other Side of The Glass’ feels like the start of something special, that’s likely because it is. We don’t know what lies in store for us, but Damen Easton’s caught our attention.” -Mitch Mosk, ATWOOD MAGAZINE
“…sends facets of their own classical training into the contemporary pop consortium with the single ‘Other Side of the Glass’. Musings upon moments & desires to move to the realms beyond the looking glass collect in a barrage of understated arrangements & emotive tinged vocals that carry the song forward & upward.” -Sjimon Gompers in “WEEK IN POP”, IMPOSE Magazine
‘Could Be’ is a rich and deep well of inner emotion, a song that we could only expect from an artist truly in tune with their own soul.” – Joseph Timmons, INDIEPULSE MUSIC.
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
Atwood Magazine, Impose Magazine, Indimusic.tv.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
Music Producer: Chris King of Moon Palace Productions
Guitarist: Dave Wolfberg
Bassist: Nick Denucci
Drummer: Andre Mohring.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
I’m an apprentice in an Eastern European mystic tradition. I like to hike.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I have more music education than the typical singer-songwriter recording pop or indie music. I have a pretty elaborated and developed philosophy of music and art. I know what I want to say, why I’m saying it, what the purpose is of everything I do artistically, and I take care to see that every aspect serves that purpose.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
I Never Learnt to Share – James Blake
All is Full of Love – Bjork
Motion Picture Soundtrack – Radiohead
Life on Mars – David Bowie
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen