by Stephanie Meadowcroft - March 4, 2016

 

Even before he was born, Sound Affects artist Jason Damico was exposed to the power of music. When his mother was pregnant with him, she listened to everything from Beethoven to the Beatles.

“Even before I came into the world, I was hearing music. I grew up in a household that loved and appreciated it,” Damico said.

Damico always envisioned himself as being a performer, making the choice to pursue music when he was just 13 years old. At that point, he had already been taking drum lessons for almost 10 years.

“I’m a drummer first and always will be. I took formal drum lessons from when I was four years old until I was 14. I’ve also been trained formally on piano and vocals. Over the last eight years, guitar has become a big phenomenon for me. I’ve really been working hard on guitar, teaching myself and playing for six to eight hours a day,” Damico said.

Around the time Damico started learning guitar, he also began writing songs and shifting from being a drummer to a lead singer.

“For about six or seven years I’ve been performing as a frontman, and I’ve been releasing music for three to four years. I wrote a lot of rock songs locally in North Carolina and released two main albums: Blood, Sweat, & Blues, which came out in 2014, and Terra Firma, which came out in 2015,” he said.

As for Damico’s musical inspirations, he had a hard time narrowing down his major influencers, saying “it’s very difficult to say I have inspiration from one genre; it’s always been a hybrid. The big time artists that have influenced me are Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Zakk Wylde, Richie Kotzen, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, and Stewart Copeland from The Police, as well as music groups like The Doors and Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

Damico’s love for making his own music found a new outlet when he came across Sound Affects over a year ago. Since then, he has performed at several shows for Sound Affects and works toward spreading their message for funding new research.

“I want my original music to help people, whether medicinally or spiritually speaking. [Sound Affect’s mission] is a wonderful idea, and I wanted to become a part of it to try to make their idea a reality. Sound Affects is an outlet for funding new research, and we know that the money raised is going towards that. It puts the power to the people, and it’s a blessing to be a part of it,” he said.

The future of Damico’s career includes a new film called The Believers. Not only will Damico be co-starring in The Believers, but his own music will be featured on the film’s soundtrack as well.

“The movie is being shot during March and April, and it’s directed by a great friend of mine, David Quillin. It’s a totally independent film, being shot exclusively in North Carolina with local talent. It’s been accepted into the North Carolina film festival,” he said.

In addition to acting in North Carolina, Damico has been recognized musically at the Carolina Music Awards (CMA’s). “I’m a two-time CMA winner, receiving Youth Artist of the Year and Rock Male Artist of the Year. [The CMA’s] is becoming a family, and the guys who run it are great and based out of North Carolina,” he said.

Damico is truly an artist in it for the love of music itself. “A lot of trying to make it in the business is based on finances and who knows who, so it’s great to get together in the community and say, ‘We’re here for the music, we’re not about the smoke and mirrors,’” Damico said.

 

To learn more about Jason Damico, visit his SoundAffects profile here:
https://soundaffects.org/artist/jason-damico/

To purchase his music, please visit his website:
http://www.jasondamico.com/#!music/jpx4h

 

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