Thursday February 14th, 2013
10:00pm - 3:00am @ Guelph Concert Theatre
From underground phenomenon to emerging star of the world’s biggest dance floors: the hottest fresh face of international dance music hails from Italy: Congorock.
In only two years, with the single Babylon, the remix of Somebody to Love (Boy George/Mark Ronson), and One (Swedish House Mafia), Rocco Rampino has earned the respect of the most famous names in the game, like David Guetta at the legendary Cocoricò of Riccione where he recently shared the console. The Leccese’s powerful electro-house sound and his tropical deejay sets have gained the support from Afrojack to Diplo, from Tiësto to Benny Benassi, from Martin Solveig to Duck Sauce and the Crookers. They’re all expectantly awaiting spring 2013 for his debut album to drop on Ultra Records.
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.
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.
Commencing his career as a professional musician in 2012, 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. With the likes of AC SLATER, DAVE NADA, PLEASUREKRAFT, & DJ CRAZE being early adopters to his sound, DAMN KIDS was catching the ear of a variety of producers in different genres. This release caught the attention of TROUBLE & BASS, who released DAMN KIDS second EP, ‘GOVUDOH’. ‘YEMA’ also led to PLEASUREKRAFT taking an interest in his sound, and commissioned a remix of SKELETON KEY feat GREEN VELVET, which was released on GREAT STUFF RECORDS.
At the end of his first year as a professional musician, DAMN KIDS had added NICK CATCHDUBS, STEVE AOKI, GTA, DROP THE LIME, FLINCH, HUDSON MOHAWKE, HIS MAJESTY ANDRE, TITTSWORTH, B. TRAITS, MAT THE ALIEN, & more to the list of artists keeping their ears on his productions.
2013 will see DAMN KIDS continue 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?”…