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About the Band

Artistes Known As Us - Damian (Damo Funk) - Producer/Writer/Composer James Renford - Saxaphonist & Collaborator on most tracks Ian Smirthwaite - Guitarist and cool dude!

ABOUT THE BAND ...

Damo Funk (Damo) of Damo Funk Productions was the instigator of this project and long held ideal since 2008 to produce his own music in collaboration with life long friend and sidekick James... We are...
ARTISTES KNOWN AS US - DAMIAN (DAMO FUNK) - PRODUCER/WRITER/COMPOSER JAMES RENFORD - SAXAPHONIST & COLLABORATOR ON MOST TRACKS IAN SMIRTHWAITE - GUITARIST AND COOL DUDE JOINED US in 2017...

With Guest Musicians and Vocalists on occassion...

Artistes Known as Us circa 2013… is a musical collaboration of 30 years experience between them of Live Music, writing tracks and performing with the best; culminating in a vigorous writing process which began in 2013 culminating in the launch of the finished project our first digital release in June 2016 'The Saxophony Dreamscape E.P. part I'. Thus our journey was born of mixing electronic derived beats and sounds with live instruments and vocals and twisting that electronically too! All born out of our love for the music from ambient breakbeats to Tech-House Funk and Trance, with its foundations strictly in Soul, Funk, Jazz, 80’s Nu Romantic and DeepHouse Music (with a 'tech' twist). An accessible thinking persons dance music that can appeal to all… and we can do it live what we do on our recordings! 5 Albums/E.P's and 4 Single releases later, It's our main aim now to increase our reach and get a wider audience across the UK and overseas listening to our unique music... People really need to hear "Us" whether on CD or online, definitely LIVE! Every where we've played live to date we've had great feedback... we smash it loive with our energy and delivery! Our Music genre, primarily Beat Driven House & Techno (with some Trance and a whole lotta funk!), but we dont like to be pigeon holed. We've done several live performances since 2016 testing the water of or take on EDM, House and Electronic based Vocal House and Garage, mixing it up with real instruments and quality musicians. james has worked with nthe like of Sting, Pato Banton, Edwin Star and Steel Pulse, Whilst Damo has worked alongside and learnt from Dj's such as Will Senior, Danny Rampling, The Rhythm masters/ Stevie Mac and with Club Nights such as Miss Moneypenny's, Hed kandi (Tour Manager), Funky Circus and many more... Ian has worked as a session musician with many a top Rock/RNB Band and is currently producing his own ambient journey type electronica for the future (2019?).. We add to our mix by getting in what we feel are the best up and coming Singing Talent and most professional session musicians who are into our vibe... most recently Sowen (Stevie O) and Owen Davidson (Bass Guitar).. Theyve added an extra dimension to our current work in the Studio and Live.. So too the Vocalists who've come in on recent projects especially the last 3 Albums.

Seeing is believing, and we believe once you see us and hear us you'll be hooked... next stop... our local Studio to audition new talent & create new songs... then its LONDON on the 1st August... after that, the rest of the UK and then hopefully the World?

***NEWSFLASH UPDATE JUNE 2018***

We have Launched Online Digital Album Casa Disco II on 1st August is the Official Launch Party @ The Troubadour London*

On the 8th June we 'Soft launched The Album both on-line & on CD of "#macbrumlive 21st Century Rum Runners - Reborn, which is available on CD from QEHB Hub & Online via CDbaby*** See Home Page

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The core members has grown and #AKAus now consists of Damian/Damo Funk (composer/producer), James R Saxxman (Saxaphone & co-writer on From me to you) and Ian Smirthwaite (Guitar), with Guest Vocalists on each of our tracks. Our latest releases features Rose (a renowned Reggae Vocalist turning her hand to House Music) and the Soulful Vocal talents of Genevieve (who currently fronts a Funk band that jams regular at the Jam House Birmingham).

 

The launch of this group and its material has been kept under wraps for some time E.P. tracks released to date available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify are “The Saxophony Dreamscape E.P. Part I”. Released July 2016. The next stage of our trilogy of releases will be available on-line from January 2017 on CD Baby online download site and for Hard Copy CD format release of Parts I, II & III plus CASA DISCO II will be available later in the year to purchase mail order via our website with some Promo “White label” releases being sent Dj’s and Radio Stations as and when. … We can do our stuff live too!!! That’s our USP! We are looking to support other acts or do promo appearances at very keen fees to maximise our exposure. We are open to negotiations… 2018/19? … From me to you…bring it on bring it on bring it on…. Gimme Disco techno Disco...

 

For more info contact the AKA Us management team on new bookings & info No.07758101891

 

 

 

 

AKAUS Release News & Links

*NEWS ON RELEASES & LIVE DATES*

September 2018

See Calendar Section as we gain new dates with every show we do we are making the right noises in the right places..Next 2 Dates at Notting Hill Arts Centre (30/09) and The Library Private Members Club, London (12th October)..

 

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  1. CASA DISCO II our revolutionary music album of the year is pencilled in for a new release date of 15th May!
  2. AKAUS Tracks are feature on a charity album #MacBrumLive21stcenturyrumrunnersreborn available on #CDBaby or via mail order here on this website. In June we'll be touring with our mobile 'pop up' record store to sell this album in CD Format with Bonus CD with unreleased projects and mixes on it from Artistes Known as Us, as well as selling the new Album Casa Disco II, #watchthisspace !!!
  3. Stiletto being remixed by up & coming U.S Dj/Producer... DJ7Teen release date is now October 2018! Final touches being worked on by Jojo!
  4. Dj CoolHandDuke to release a remix project that he has collaborated with both DJ7Teen and #AngelBeats both destined for world domination... (we hope), As well as Brand New tracks for the Autumn in run up to Christmas!

 ONE WORLD ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE!'

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