Migrating from Quebec at 5, 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.
At age 16, DAMN KIDS heard the DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 remix album, which led him to JUSTICE, which led him to BOYS NOIZE, which led him to DJing, which led him to the inevitable conquest of production. He soon discovered that his previous notions of musical-inability were prematurely concluded; and could be achieved through the guise of a computer.
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, DAMN KIDS 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.
Fast forward a year and DAMN KIDS was now a trance hating, sound forging, drum maniac armed with a plethora of quirky arrangements and hypnotic melodies designed to maintain his sanity and express himself through music.
DAMN KIDS is a producer with a passion worth watching grow. His career is young, and his list of achievements is short; but DAMN KIDS has found something that takes other artists decades to develop; a sound of his own.
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