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Written By: Mary Costa

Sure to be Toronto’s newest rapper, Damir. A Toronto native, this young poet / musician possesses enough attitude to make you want to change your life.

While his fan base is growing, and so are the number of shows. If anyone deserves big ups, shout outs or credit, it’s the kid who wasn’t afraid to do his own songwriting/ producing /engineering ?EDAMIR

“I’ve been influenced by many sounds, types of music, especially the club scene, I’d rather hear the songs in clubs and bars where there’s people. Don’t mistake me for a DJ. I make my own tracks.

DAMIR is a hip-hop/electronic artist. Who has original lyrics and original beats. “Last night in my studio, I went crazy, at least five pages of lyrics, a couple of bass lines and a drum loop. I couldn’t sleep until I finished it. I’d rather be awake and be productive, I just like doing and keeping busy.?Enbsp;

Having performed in nightclubs throughout Toronto, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles and London, Damir has created a huge buzz and has established himself as a new innovative artist / composer / entertainer and ready to stand the test of time.

“I went through a lot of phases growing up, everyone thought I was extreme, and I am,?Econfides Damir, the newest hip-hop electronic rapper to emerge from Toronto. “From poet to rapper to producer- I did it all, and at the same time.?Ebr>
DAMIR's passion for life both in its complexity and simplicity, are his major lyrical inspirations, "I don't dwell in problems, I just accept situations and move on,?Ehe says.

“My lyrics are like stories they tell me what to do, and what I’ve done, and where I want to go, and all the fun I’ve had, who doesn’t want to have fun??Enbsp; “If you wait around for something to happen, it will never come your way, you got to forget about those who power trip. “People have their opinions, anyways, to live is to love, to hate, and you waste your life away.?Enbsp;

Damir goes on to say, “It’s easy to say that you hate something, and it’s difficult for people who hate to find something good. But at least they have an opinion, having no opinion sucks.?Enbsp;

The hook to his first single ‘Kick In The Ass?Eon Damir’s independent release:

“Get a move, move on, you need a kick in the ass, pull a rush in the front, when you tell it to your face. Cause it don’t make sense and it won’t make sense if you blind the eye the eyes you see, if you close the mind the mind you need, if you walk the way the way to nowhere get on track on track to somewhere, you got the gift, I got the gift.?E

"Enough with the meaningless lyrics, songs should inspire, motivate and capture the imagination, I give you my truth and a kick in the ass and it's about time." "I do what I love, I love to do what I do, and that's what it's all about."

“Inspiration is all around, and inspiration is within.?Enbsp; Standing on a chair, spinning around and around, he loses his balance, he yells, "Wake up!" “Everyone’s in the spotlight, you just have to find your light.?Enbsp;

As each day goes by DAMIR only seems to grow bigger and bigger. “I keep moving forward, I’ll be able to cover a lot of ground and have fun doing it.?E

Who the f*** is he? Damir. Everyone will know Damir’s name.

- 471 adelaide west (Eye Magazine/ Stillar North)


Written By: Christine (At the Indie Music Magazine)

c_vasilevski@hotmail.com

Early in the warm days of November, a tall thin kid came into the Indie Music Paper office with a grin on his face, and a head full of wacky stories from his travels. That kid was the artist named DAMIR, an energetic vibrant guy who thinks nothing of impromptu performances where ever it feels 'right'.

He fondly recalls the time he was listening to a gospel choir sing in a church when he brought along his portable piano. He was in the church, enjoying the sound, and suddenly asked the people there whether they wanted to hear one of his songs. They agreed, and he performed just for them "Don't Let That Get You Down", the debut track on his latest album Bad Ass beats. It's a dreamy tune with an atmospheric electronic sound, including lyrics such as "I stopped speeding in the fast lane, I take it slow now I have more respect. I started thinking seeing feeling things are gonna get better." Of course, the audience loved it.

And it resulted in one of Damir's favorite live performance, in which he and Errol Trench, the lead singer from the choir performed live on stage and decided to kill their microphones: We just decided to have some fun so we sneaked up and shut off the controls to the mic and then it was just us on stage singing with no music, we caught people off guard and everyone heard us and it was great!" At the interview Damir feels so energetic today that he ends up reciting some of his lyrics in front of me, moving around the office and blowing off some steam. Later on he recites more lyrics, but this time on top of the chairs... Clearly, this guy with the impish smile and ruffled blonde hair aims to please any audience in front of him. And the audience obviously appreciates it, if we take a look at his answering machine messages?

Yes, the sixth track of the Bad Ass Beats, simply called "The Message", is composed completely of messages from people taken from his answering machine, and some of them obviously praise Damir for his awesome music making. A more recent success would be his song "Business" (also taken from bad Ass beats) making the top of the hit list at new music Canada. Don't think that damir hasn't worked hard to be a success, though. He's traveled extensively, from Victoria to Montreal, from Paris to Houston, Texas.

Actually, his travels to Paris inadvertently led to a spontaneous performance at Montreal's Dorval airport. After making lots of friends in Paris, he returned home. Then he went to the airport in Quebec and stopped passengers heading on planes to France to ask them if they could mail his letters to his friends: "They were asking me" what do you do?" and I told them I was a musician, and so they asked me to do something." That something turned into a full-blown performance in miniature in the corridors of Dorval Airport, complete with break dancing in front of one of the security guards. This guy was just clapping at me and saying 'bon, bon?E and I was dancing.

Later on, I got a tape of it because someone taped it on their camera." Damir then goes to a computer, logs onto his web page www.damirworld.com and shows me some fuzzy stills taken from that Montreal video of him. All throughout the interview, he is energetic, happy and a pleasure to be around.

His stories left me laughing, his words kept me thinking, and I can only say afterwards that he's made a convert out of me!

- 425 Queen St W (Indie Music Magazine)


Damir/Rimad, is one funky, funky boy from Toronto (one point for the hometown-hero thing) who has combines a little of everything create his own self-proclaimed genre ?E“Tech Hop?E The promo record I received boasted two records Damir’s Road Rash and Rimad’s Odd’s and End’s. Damir and Rimad’s records hold up as extremely solid records, regardless of the occasionally wavering production and a few faltering melodies.

Technical deficiencies aside and sincerely forgiven (it is an indie record, after all), Damir stands head-to-head with the best of every genre that his music happens to mingle with. Damir takes everything - from DIY electronica to conscious hip-hop to synth-pop - and holds them together with a post-punk, futurist attitude (think Kraftwerk on ecstasy). He then proceeds to take each genre out for dinner (“Don’t Let That Get You Down?E, a long walk on the beach ( “I’ll Tuck You In?E, the most psychotic, flailing, throbbing, pulsating, Pink-Floyd-light-show-esque party in the world (“In The Jungle, Rimad is DAMIR?E, and then the middle of that dance floor (“Lawless?E. After they leave him for his propensity for craziness, you end up with “I Always Wanna Be With You?E Although probably the most sugared-down, almost radio friendly moment on the record, it’s a fine showcase of one of the vital things holding together the record: Charm. Charm keeps any nonsensical lyric or shaky flow (“Tragedy & Comedy?E from dragging down the record. When you listen to “I Always Wanna Be With You,?Ethe chorus melody could have been a complete disaster, but instead it’s a sweet, sincere, somewhat lilting vocal line that makes you want to fall head over heels for the love-struck little guy.

As well, Damir manages to touch on something else fairly impressive for modern electronic music: politics. Alright, before you all go running away, fearing the preachiness of Lauryn Hill or the snotty attitude of every anti-capitalist punk band that sells millions of records, it’s not a big deal, nor is it a feature of the record. The track “Business?Etakes a look at social class, and points out that money can talk for the little man, too. It’s not an in your face message, but it still makes you think.

Rimad’s half of the disc, on the other hand, doesn’t leave much to thought. More rooted in the hard house genre, Rimad’s music is good ol?Eget off yer butt and dance kind of music. He keeps the charm, the outlandishness and the originality in the style of Damir, and, as they say, adds an extra beat to it. Our boy is again Toronto-channeling on the track “Bovine Sex Club,?Ea dark, sexy track named for the fabulous local bar. The lyrics are delivered in a very minimalist style, letting the music carry through his messages.

You can’t help but feel the tug of the energy that circulates through each and every single track on Damir and Rimad’s records. Damir/Rimad has control of his music, something that very few lyricists and musicians in his “scene?E(pardon the clich?E are capable of maintaining. With exceptions like Depeche Mode, Julie Ruin, Ladytron, Le Tigre and, in my opinion at least, Cabaret Voltaire, he is one of few who can deliver emotion in typically cold, technology-based music. He manages to make his music do what all good music should ultimately do. He takes his emotion, groove, style and energy, and translates them into his own, patented sound. It’s very impressive, and it’s not as effortless as Damir/Rimad makes it seem, capturing that moment or that mood. As the mysterious voice on “The Message?Esays, “yeah, I like what I hear.?Ebr>
Contact: blowthesound@hotmail.com
www.damirworld.com
www.nohalfassshithere.com
www.blowthesound.com
www.rimad.com

- ash@musesmail.com (The Muses Muse)


According to Sir Dorkus, the term “shitty?Erefers to objects and instances which, while boring, silly, unimaginative and stupid, never lead to any permanent damage, destabilizing trauma or bitter regret. “Terrible?E however, suggests entities that bore, irritate and anger to such an extent that they leave one feeling accosted, humiliated or defiled. For example, an episode of Friends is shitty; a movie starring one of the cast of Friends is terrible. Canadian rapper Damir’s new album Road Rash is shitty, but since I heard Dee Dee Ramone’s hip-hop album this week, I can’t rightfully deem it terrible.
Road Rash is a collection of roughshod alt-rap and lo-fi jungle-influenced techno, each song displaying Damir’s inability to craft a memorable hook or penetrating rhyme. His voice resembles Daniel Johnston’s -- high, wobbly and lisp-y -- and could be used to fabulous effect if only it had something equally strange backing it up, but rather than be Damir’s blessing, it becomes a curse which, like the vast majority of the album, bothers more than it bangs.
Road Rash stumbles right out of the blocks, but doesn’t quite fall on its face. “Lawless?Eis hazy, club-friendly jungle-lite that is saved from monotony by frizzy, stabbing keyboard breaks. “Business?Eis built around a gritty, muffled drum track in which the kick drum is dangerously loud and jittery. It’s an energetic track, but, being the album’s first standard “rap song?E it illustrates Damir’s weak flow and his penchant for producing tracks that sound and feel like “Block Rockin?EBeats?E which it should be pointed out, was terrible. His backing instrumentation is basic, meat-and-potatoes, drums/bass/keyboard fare. Meat and potatoes are fine, but I want filet mignon and garlic-mashed, not hot dogs and Pringles.
From this point on, Road Rash is more often than not a train wreck. “Tragedy and Comedy?Eand “Don’t Let it Get You Down?E despite the tumbling percussion of the former and the messy keyboard stabs of the former, are prime examples of the trouble Damir has with crafting lyrics. “Tragedy emphasizes pain and strife/Comedy makes funny part of life?Eand “I want it easy/Easy come easy go/I’m going crazy/My mind is overflow?Eare two shining examples of the banality that awaits you upon closer inspection. Sadly, the instrumental tracks provide little respite: a procession of more ChemBros white funk (“Smoke You Like Smokey the Bear?E, jungle that recalls Jumanji more than it does Roni Size (“In the Jungle?E and weak drum and bass (“What’s My Name?E in which children spell out “Damir?Efor way too long) that may work in a live setting, but provides little more than annoyance in the context of an album.
Despite the album’s overwhelming shittiness, you must be prepared for some truly terrible moments. “I Only Want to Be With You?E “Evil Twin With Words?Eand “I’ll Tuck You In?Eare each so cruelly irritating that they make repeated listening impossible anywhere except Hell. “I Only Want to Be With You?Eis “Steal My Sunshine?Eesque catshit in which Damir proves he is a worse vocalist than he is a rapper, mewling off-key valentines for almost six minutes. “Evil Twin With Words?Eis a sloppy mack daddy story devoid of soul, funk or charisma. “I’ll Tuck You In?Efollows the lead of the previous debacles, revelling in its Radio-Shack-keyboards-on-the-saxophone-setting production and opting for bagging-a-honey lyrics rather than words that might accidentally be considered thoughtful or poetic. It’s shameless radio pop that has more to do with Aaron Carter than it does actual music.
To Damir’s credit, there is one good song on Road Rash (“Take It It’s Yours?E which makes use of unsettling juxtapositions between differing beats and synth tones), but it’s nowhere near enough to make one forgive the injustices perpetrated by this shitty, shitty album.
Perhaps Sir Dorkus put it best -- and with amazing foresight -- in his 1802 treatise, Black People Scare Me, when he said, “For every Mos Def there will be one thousand Mase’s.?ESad but true, Dorkus?Ewords alerted the millions who would go on to read his work that most rappers, bogged down by the trends of their times and the excessive presence of their influences, ultimately ruin themselves by hastily releasing half-assed music that needs more work before being released.
It’s hard to be loved when your first impression is forgettable.
Reviewed by: Clay Jarvis
Reviewed on: 2003-09-01

- Stylus Magazine c/o Michael F. Gill 120 Brainerd Rd, Apt #1 Allston, MA 02134 USA (http://www.stylus


Discography

Damir made his debut in, 1995 EBlow The Sound Music Canada, when he released his first mixed tape Blow The Sound - Feb 10th, 1995 and independently through HMV, 1999, titles include Live At The Elmocombo and Blow The Sound . Furthermore, aired on Radio

Wed 11-12pm July 16th, 2003 Interviewed on SHIBUYA-FM 78.4MHz Radio Show with http://www.planetgeneration.org/ Shibuya Tokyo Japan, with association with Global Groove by YUKI-san. www.shibuya-fm.co.jp 090-6135-4233

Thursday August 10th, 2000 - Interviewed by Zero Hour Talk Show at CIUT Radio FM 89.5 12noon-1pm, Toronto, Canada.

Saturday, May, 25th, 2000 EDamir was introduced and featured by New Music Canada’s Producer Mary-Anne Korosi on CBC Radio 2 across Canada on these radio stations:

British Columbia

Houston 104.7 FM CKEH-FM
Kamloops 105.3 FM CBU-FM-4
Kelowna 89.7 FM CBU-FM-3
Kemano 102.5 FM VF2208
Lillooet 98.7 FM
Metchosin-Sooke 105.1 FM CBU-FM-2
Peachland 99.1 FM CKPL-FM
Prince George 90.3 FM CFPG-FM
Quesnel 106.9 FM CFFM-FM-2
Vancouver 105.7 FM CBU-FM
Victoria 92.1 FM CBU-FM-1
Wells 98.1 FM VF2277
Winfield 91.9 FM VF2200

Northern B.C.

Houston 104.7 FM CKEH-FM
Kemano 102.5 FM VF2208
Prince George 90.3 FM CFPG-FM
Quesnel 106.9 FM CFFM-FM-2
Wells 98.1 FM VF2277

South West Coast British Columbia

Metchosin-Sooke 105.1 FM CBU-FM-2
Vancouver 105.7 FM CBU-FM
Victoria 92.1 FM CBU-FM-1

South Central B.C.

Kamloops 105.3 FM CBU-FM-4
Kelowna 89.7 FM CBU-FM-3
Lillooet 98.7 FM
Peachland 99.1 FM CKPL-FM
Winfield 91.9 FM VF2200

Alberta

Calgary 102.1 FM CBR-FM
Edmonton 90.9 FM CBX-FM
Lethbridge 91.7 FM CBBC-FM

Saskatchewan

Regina 96.9 FM CBK-FM
Saskatoon 105.5 FM CBKS-FM
Swift Current 95.7 FM CHSK-FM

Manitoba

Brandon 92.7 FM CBWS-FM
Winnipeg 98.3 CBW-FM

Ontario

Peterborough 103.9 FM CBBP-FM
Sudbury 90.1 FM CBBS-FM
Thunder Bay 101.7 FM CBQ-FM
Toronto 94.1 FM CBL-FM
Windsor 89.9 FM CBE-FM
Kingston 92.9 FM CBBK-FM
Kitchener EWaterloo 90.7 FM CBL-FM-2
London 100.5 FM CBBL-FM
Ottawa 103.3 FM CBOQ-FM

Quebec

Montreal 93.5 FM CBM-FM

New Brunswick

Moncton 95.5 FM CBA-FM
Saint-John Fredericton 101.5 FM CBZ-FM

Newfoundland and Labrador

Croner Brook 91.1 FM CBN-FM-2
St John’s 106.9 FM CBN-FM

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown 104.7 FM CBCH-FM

Nova Scotia

Halifax 102.7 FM CBH-FM
Middleton-Kentville 93.3 FM CBH-FM-1
Sydney 105.1 FM CBI-FM

Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

Yellowknife 95.3 FM VF2146

Video / Music

Starred in Music Videos entitled: "Business" © 1998 and "Don't Let That Get You Down" © 1999 a Blow The Sound Production.
And in “What` My Name?E a promotional video for his album tittles Blow The Sound.

Film / Music

Produced original music for Drew Lee's "Unglued" © 1999, On The Fly Film Festival 1999 showcased at The Bloor Cinema.
Produced original music, Allied Beauty Alliance (ABA) April 16, 17, 2000 The Toronto Convention Centre

Albums

Albums / Cds

Blow The Sound - Feb 10th, 1995 EBlow The Sound Music Canada

Blow The Sound - Nov 23rd, 1999 re-released EBlow The Sound Records USA / in
association with Wanderlust Inc.
http://www.indiepool.com/order/cart.asp?pn=DAMIRCD01
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00019Q52W/qid%3D1125382697/sr%3D1-2/ref%3Dsr%5F1%5F0%5F2/701-0159232-7375540
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00019Q37O/qid=1125454662/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_0_1/701-3110347-2353111

Instrumental Music EDAMIR June 15th, 1998EBlow The Sound Music Canada

Live recording at the Elmocombo EDAMIR Nov. 5th, 1999 BTS Music (thanks to Dan Burke)

Bad Ass Beasts EDAMIR Dec 28th, 2000 EBlow The Sound Music / Echo

Bad Ass Beasts EDAMIR re-released Dec 25th, 2001 EBlow The Sound Music / Echo

Odd’s and End’s ERIMAD June 1st, 2002 EBlow The Sound Music

Hip Hop Hits Home ESPAZTIC (instrumental hip hop music) July 1st, 2002 EBlow The Sound Music

Road Rash ERIMAD and DAMIR double CD (The follow up to Bad Ass Beats) July 1st, 2002 EBlow The Sound Music

Singles
Bovine Club EDAMIR Dec 10th, 1999 EBlow The Sound Music
XYXX, PARIS ERIMAD Oct. 10th, 2000 - Blow The Sound Music
Tragedy and Comedy EDAMIR May 11th, 2002 EBlow The Sound Music
Poor You –DAMIR May 11th, 2002 EBlow The Sound Music

Photos

Bio

Damir was born in Vukovar, Hrvatska, Croatia, formerly known as Yugoslavia. His father was a truck driver and was drafted into the army. Wanting freedom, security and food for his family he decided to escape the ideals of Communism and poverty. In 1981 his family moved to New York City, where they took refuge. After living in the United States, his family decided to join other family members in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. DAMIR, Da means Give to give or Yes yes., and Mir means calm, peace, peacefulness, quiet, still, stillness, tranquility, tranquillity, so when you put it together, DAMIR means Give Peace.

Living up to his name of being honest in life’s realities through his writing and at the same time showing the brighter side of life, (please see CD Reviews: Road Rash EJuly 1st, 2002 EBlow The Sound Music, reviewed By Ashley Petkovski from Muse CD REVIEW: Damir/Rimad: Road Rash/Odd's and End's - 08/18/2002 and (Reviewed by Clay Jarvis from Stylus Magazine; Damir - Road Rash - Stylus Magazine, Damir has completed six CD releases, through independent movies, commercials, radio, national television shows, club performances, and two songs were chosen for soundtracks titled ”Kick In The AssEand “BusinessE