A Berwick musician who is balancing his main passion in life with a part time job and a college course, has lined up a few gigs on home turf for the coming weeks.
Eighteen-year-old Damien Davison starred in Black Wave Theatre’s ‘All Shook Up’ in the summer but now he’s just got his guitar for company as he prepares for solo shows at The Barrels and The Red Lion.
The first is on November 19 and Damien has been getting practice in by busking and attending open mic nights in Newcastle where he is studying Music Performance & Production.
“For a while it was a bit of a coin flip between music and theatre but I decided that ‘All Shook Up’ was going to be my last bit of acting, for a while anyway,” Damien told WOW.
“I really want to make a big go of my music this year and I’ve been doing quite a few gigs all over the place; my job at Home Bargains helps to pay for all my travel!
“I did the Spittal Lifeboat Day locally and then I’ve been playing B ar 28 and The Dog and Parrot in Newcastle regularly.”
Taking into account that Damien’s first musical purchases The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and Eric Clapton ‘Unplugged’ are a lot cooler than most people’s, a career in music looked on the cards for sometime and now he just wants to get his songs heard by as many people as possible
“Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’ was the first song I learnt on guitar but the second was Nirvana’s ‘Polly’; my taste in music has always been very mixed!.
“My own songs are all about things that have happened to me. For me its important for musicians to sing about things that they’ve actually experienced.
“My big influences are Ed Sheeran, Damian Rice, The Vaccines and Gavin James, who I met after his gig in Newcastle last week.
“His manager asked me to send him my EP so that was fantastic.”
Although his home town gigs are currently the focus of his attention, Damien is keen to continue getting his music heard further afield than Berwick.
“I know being a musician that I have to move about to get more people to hear to hear my songs.
“I’m going to continue to do open mic nights in Newcastle and Edinburgh.
“I’ve looked at London as obviously that’s a place with a lot of music venues but I don’t think I’ll be moving there just yet!”
As well as making moves up and down the A1 for gigs, Damien is also covering a lot of ground on Twitter, uploading videos of him performing original tracks as well as covers of well known songs like Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’.
“I think Twitter is an important tool for up and coming musicians,” the Highcliffe singer continued.
“It’s a really good way to network and spread the word about my music.
“I’d already tweeted Gavin James before I met him in Newcastle.”
Between his shifts at Home Bargains and gigging on both sides of the border, Damien has been writing more and more new songs - so much so that he’s now got an hour-long set lined up for local audiences to enjoy .
He will be supported at his Barrels gigs on November 19 and 22 and Red Lion on November 23 by Georgia Punton and Robert Wilkinson.
For more information follow Damien on twitter at @damienomusic or search for Damien Davison Official Music on Facebook.