I remember when this artist recorded and heard his voice on wax for the very first time, believe me it was a humbling experience for us all. Damien Crawford is young, fresh, and bold new face with the sound that embodies all genres of music from hip hop, to r&b, and even rock. He is sure to make a splash on the music scene.
BiBi: Where are you from? Where did your name originate?
I was born and raised in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Even though Damien is not my birth name, it is one of the names my mother chose for me. When I was older, she told me she was going to name me Damien when I was born. I felt such a strong connection to that name that soon after, I started telling everyone my name was Damien. Crawford is my grandmother’s maiden name. It has such an old Hollywood sound, full of star quality.
BiBi: How would you describe your music?
My music is a mix of R&B, hip-hop, pop and even rock. I like to refer to it as Urban pop. I wanted to create a sound that incorporated my favorite genres and speak to the masses.
BiBi: Who were your childhood influences?
I grew up in the 90’s so I fell in love with artists like Brandy, Monica, Jodeci, R.Kelly, Destiny’s Child etc.
-what is your first experience with music?
I grew up playing instruments like the saxophone & piano at the age of 11. Once I started I was hooked. I learned how to play more instruments, write sheet music, and soon after I knew I wanted to sing.
-what type of music did you listen to?
I listened to a lot of R&B and pop. I loved music from artists like Boyz II Men to Britney Spears and even Alanis Morissette.
BiBi: Why did you decide to pursue your music?
Music makes me happy. Its something that excites me and keeps my creative juices flowing. Music is forever evolving and it constantly gives me new ways to express myself.
BiBi: What can the people expect from your music?
I am all about putting on a show. I love dramatics, and high energy performances so thats what people can always expect from Damien Crawford. I want people to be completely entertained when they come to my shows. From vocals, to dance, to theatrics, I will always give my audience 110% of me.
BiBi: What would you describe as your biggest break in music thus far?
My biggest break thus far would be opening for pop superstar Neon Hitch in Baltimore. There were over 5,000 people in the audience so that was a huge show for me.
I’ve also been featured in a few magazines and newspapers but as cheesy as it sounds, another one of my biggest moments was running in to Ty Hunter (Beyonce’s Stylist) and him telling me that him and Beyonce loved my live rendition of End of Time in Baltimore. Check it out on Youtube!
BiBi: If signed, how much creative control would you want over your career?
I’d like to maintain a pretty large amount of control over my career. An artist is his/her best when he or she is being themselves. I want people to know Damien Crawford as an artist, not who a label thinks Damien Crawford should be.
BiBi: Thinking back what are some life changing events that help influence your music?
Losing my grandmother was the most devastating event in my life. I pull form this experience for intense, emotional lyrics to incorporate in my music.
I have experienced horrible break ups which help me create songs relatable to people who have ever endured relationships. On the flip side I’ve also experienced love, which helps me write songs that give people hope and stroke the need for companionship.
BiBi: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to be an established, signed artist making music, acting, and developing my brand.
BiBi: Fill in the Blanks
Without music I’d be UNFUNFILLED
Music is MY PASSION
My music makes me feel HUMAN
I write music because IT HELPS EXPRESS HOW I FEEL
Support my music because I ENSURE IT IS TOP QUALITY, RELATABLE, AND FRESH!
With a bright future in tow, Damien has plans to take his music to the next level! Make sure you go watch out for his music, and follow him on twitter @DamienCrawford.