We are going to be featuring an undiscovered artist each Friday! Damokles is the real deal when it comes to authenticity of the 80s.
Synth got to him very early on with Hot Butter – Popcorn in – 72 and later Kraftwerk and Space in 1977.
He started as a DJ back in -79 and introduced synths and drummachines into his act very early on. Roughly eight years behind the Wheels of steel in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Spain brought him to a new career as piano entertainer just after he had come to the finals in the DMC mixing contest for DJs.
His first vinyl – Lost In Space – was released in 1987 under the name Andy Z Okey. That record was also the first to be released from his own record label O.K.records. The label had a very sophisticated MIDI-based studio called Firetown Productions where he spent countless hours in the late 80s, early ninetees producing himself and others.
He has been going under different names until he finally decided on Damokles in the late ninetees. The reason for that was that he earlier on had bought a domain name simply because it was not already taken – damokles.com. After having had a long break from writing music for several years he realized that he needed a name for his new era of musicmaking and the name Damokles was low hanging fruit.
The first track he wrote after his long silence was actually played on MTV after having won a European music contest. The track was called Immortality and was classified as Eurodance although he himself was sure it was techno.
Even though he tried making contemporary Music he always found himself returning to his roots of the 80s. And so when synthwave became a thing he felt blessed that people actually started to pay attention to what he was doing.
In 2013 he decided it was time to make his first full size album and to mark it symbolically he named it Lost In Space and included a remake of that first vinyl and adding a track evolving the story about the unfortunate astronaut.
He has been known to show up on different compilations but in 2015 he joined up with Future 80s Records for the release of his next full size album – Ozone Surfing that was released in January the following year. Apart from the title track the most noteworthy track is Quantum Flux.
In the fall that same year he released a six track EP called Bring Out The Funk since he felt it was time turn the focus onto his second love – funk.
Apart from the title track people seem to have enjoyed a track called “Gettin’ Me Some Attention” and “Singularity Event”. In the latter his love for Kraftwerks “Man Machine” is unmistakably proclaimed. Bring Out The funk will soon be released on vinyl as well.
The early days of house music is something that can be heard on his latest release – Time Machine – a 14 track album fully dedicated to the art of time travel. On this album he really goes all in with (real) scratching, rapping and singing. It is a mixture of synthpop, early house, funk, hip hop, electro and so much more. Even though he himself thought “Retronomic Time Adventure” (that was released as a maxi single prior to the album) and “Searching For Tomorrow” were the strongest tracks, people seem to enjoy other tracks more. “Into The Future” and “Big Bad Wolf” for example.
Apart from making music, Damokles also makes most of his cover art, video production and animations.
When it comes to diversified flavours of the 80s – Damokles really is the go to guy.
– Geoffrey Carter