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Toronto native Stephane Deschenes aka Damn Kids grew up listening to rap & punk through the spoon-fed programming of MTV. After the realization that he sucked at guitar & bass, and couldn’t afford drums, Damn Kids decided that his desire to be in a band would be a feat of disappointment.
Regardless, Damn Kids still had his mind set on music. After years of locking himself away in a room filled with instruments he couldn’t perfect, and computers taunting him with their endless ability to manipulate bass lines, he decided it was time to take his music career seriously. Coincidentally, he made this decision on his first day of school at OCAD University where he was enrolled to study graphic design. After walking out on the first day, he enrolled at Harbourside Institute of Technology, in Vancouver, British Columbia where he completed his certification in Audio Engineering & Music Production.
Damn Kids broke ground with his first EP, ‘Yema’, released on Provoke in June 2012. ‘Yema’ received support from across the spectrum of electronic music. This release caught the attention of Trouble & Bass, leading to the release of 2 EPs with the label, ‘Govudoh’ in October 2012 and ‘Worthless’ in April 2013. ‘Yema’ also lead to Pleasurekraft requesting for remix duties, for both ‘Skeleton Key feat. Green Velvet’ in December 2012 and ‘Tarantula’ in May 2013. Damn Kids moment as a rising star came with the release and popularity of ‘Kavoda’ in December 2012, leading to an 11 week chart run on Beatport. Mark Knight also called upon Damn Kids to remix ‘Alright’ on Toolroom Records in June 2013.
Along with production, Damn Kids began a healthy show schedule in 2013, starting with his United States debut at ‘Control’ at Avalon, Los Angeles in February 2013. His debut Winter Music Conference in March 2013 saw him play a modest 5 showcases. The progression continued, as in June 2013 Damn Kids was added to the line up for Digital Dreams Music Festival; Canada’s largest electronic music festival. By August 2013, Grid Magazine had listed him as ‘One to Watch’, and Now Magazine had listed him as a highlight of Digital Dreams Music Festival.
Damn Kids continues to delve into his production spectrum; refusing to be pigeonholed into a genre and being perfectly content with labels being left to answer the questions “what genre is this?’ and “who is going to play this?”…