His music is a blend of old school dance classics and futuristic sounds. And he’s shared the stage with dance music legend Giorgio Moroder. Benjamin Damage is in the city to perform as a part of his four-city India tour.
His success stories go a long way – he has played at some of the world’s biggest dance festivals such as Sonar in Spain and Melt; in Germany to a packed audience. Soon, Damage will release a track on the legendary techno label- Drumcode. Damage’s sounds seem unique and it is his this talent that the Red Bull Music Academy aims to showcase on his first India Tour. After having completed half of his tour, enjoying every moment of it, Benjamin says, “I got here only a while back and there is such a high energy level among the people.”
This techno disc-jockey is the first artist to have signed with the iconic Berlin-based electronic act- Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons labels, back in 2010. Benjamin has also collaborated with Ten Thousand Yen label boss, Doc Daneeka that resulted in the production of an outstanding single, Creeper and the album They!Live. Currently, he’s working on a new album with 50 Weapons and a full-live show. Damage is humbled with all the success and appreciation he has received so far, “It’s really great. It was good to go to Red Bull Music Academy as it encourages people to do their own thing and gives them confidence to be themselves.”
With so many young musicians aspiring to make it big, Damage laments that sometimes a musician’s career is not considered a proper job, resulting in a delay to reach one’s goals and hence one loses confidence. He adds, “It is easy for you to lose confidence as your idea did not work out eventually. But you have to be open-minded, focused and carry on.” On his India tour Damage hopes to explore the cuisines of different places, the general attitude of the people, and the places. Damage also takes interest in photography and dance. He says, “If not a musician, I would go back to the basics and probably become an economist.”
He admits the Indian music scene is kind of new to him. But he is all geared up for tonight; he has an insane line-up in store for all his Pune fans. He sounds amused, “People can expect a lot of tunes that are unreleased and some music that I play in Europe. It should be interesting I think; my rhythms can actually work here.”
Damage signs-off saying, “Believe in what you are doing, do not try to copy anyone, work hard and do your own thing. If you have the right direction and opportunities like I did with Red Bull, use them wisely.”
(Benjamin Damage will perform at Euriska tonight)