We are sharing our recent interview with very talented artist Scott Damn
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your music career?
Scott Damn : I started playing guitar at age 7, and took professional Jazz lessons at 14. I picked up Ableton live when I was 13 years old and I’ve been producing content ever since then. Aside from Scott Damn, I have a few other side projects and bands that I play for. I also have been scoring films and TV shows for a few years now.
Twist Online : Are you inspired of someone in the music industry?
Scott Damn : I found a lot of inspiration by seeing Flume live. I saw him at a festival I was playing at last year called Life Is Beautiful, after that I went home and wrote several songs and that’s how Scott Damn was created. He created such an immersive live show, and I felt like I could offer something similar but with the added on-stage energy. Before that, I had looked up to Phantogram, which is a band that is moderately sampled but still has guitars, live vocals, and drums. I think when we have music that we produce in the box, we lose the live aspect of playing the music which can be the most musical and impactful part of the show!
Twist Online : You just released your first original single on soundcloud . Tell us more about that?
Scott Damn : The first single I released was a remix to Phantogram’s “Same Old Blues”, and that was a lot of fun to make. But my first original is an instrumental, and this introduces a little bit of what I plan to offer when it comes to it’s genre. It’s about having a music scene so close to you, opening it up, seeing what it offers you(or doesn’t offer), then closing the door at the end and walking away. “Fuck Your Friends” is just my way of not relying on the people around me locally to branch out, and to get some awareness anywhere I can that is outside of my city. “Fuck Your Friends” can quite literally mean fuck releasing another album to my friends on Facebook with no coverage and any listens. This journey is to branch out and get out of Vegas and meet as many influences as possible.
Twist Online : What kind of response it has received so far?
Scott Damn : So far, I’ve had a great time responding to all of the messages that I have been getting on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Of course you’re going to have the people who just want you to listen to their music and they couldn’t care less about you, but some who are actually curious and excited are a lot of fun to talk to. I’ve learned that there’s a lot of spam and BS going through all the social media websites, like auto comments/messages and bots working their magic daily, so I understand now how messages could get lost and make it hard for artists to reply to their fans.
Twist Online : Do you need some certain kind of environment for writing a song?
Scott Damn : For years I was just writing in an extra room at home that had my studio in it, and that was working out just fine. Although, I had the opportunity to have my own studio in a post audio house, which is a studio that focuses on music and sound for Tv/Films like ADR, foley, and scoring. So having a place that is outside of my home to work, has made all the difference. It’s not about having a nice place to record vocals or whatever you need, but just having a space where you are going to work and nothing else I think is vital to getting things done without certain home distractions. The lighting in the room can also be critical when trying to stay focused and inspired!
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
Scott Damn : Lately I have found myself getting into the beat scene like Soulection, and the alternative EDM producers like Lido, Hermitude, Dj Hoodboi, and Flume. I have also found comfort in more post-RnB influenced projects like Banks, Frank Ocean, and Childish Gambino. There’s also always a spot in my heart for the Emo-pop-punk phase that I went through growing up that will never go away.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
Scott Damn : When I was playing Jazz in high school, the most effective way to learn was to play with other people, especially those who were better than you and could offer a lot to learn (it’s also terrible for your ego which is great). So I could say that a goal of mine with my music, as it progresses, is to learn from as many producers/composers as possible so I can continue to grow as a musician and composer and to stay humble.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Scott Damn : I have more songs that are going to be released in the next few weeks so you can find those out on my website, www.Scottdamn.com. From there you can find all of my social media like Instagram, Twitter, and Soundcloud.