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Meet Damian Crouthamel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Damian Crouthamel.

Hi Damian, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I began playing guitar at a young age, around six or seven. Although every young musician imagines themselves on a stage while they practice alone in their room, I never actually considered music as a potential career until the end of my college career. I had completed my undergraduate program in Music Industry, specializing in Audio Engineering and I was approaching the start of a one-year MBA program and I think I just panicked at the thought of letting my youth and the opportunity to play music pass me by. I had been meeting in person with my academic advisors pretty frequently over the course of that year and built my senior year schedule all around this MBA program to allow for a smooth transition, and about four days before I was supposed to start classes, I withdrew from the program and made the decision to move to Los Angeles. At this point, it’s almost been two years since I made that decision and it’s been scary, difficult, and extremely fun and fulfilling all at the same time.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
COVID-19 was definitely bump in the road, for everyone of course. My original plan upon arriving in LA was to try to book as many shows as possible. I had been playing out a lot around my hometown and college in New Jersey at the time and all I wanted to do was keep playing, but I moved to Hollywood in January of 2020 and as we all know, the world stopped about two months later. The one thing I will say about the pandemic and being stuck inside is it allowed me to write a multitude of songs, which also opened my mind to experimenting with different genres as I continued to write more and more. It allowed me to release a four-song EP that I am extremely proud of, and it helped me take some significant steps forward in finding my voice as a songwriter. It definitely has not been a smooth road, but it’s been forward-moving, and that is enough for me. I always said as long as I continue to improve and grow, I will continue to pursue this as a career.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am not so sure I am known for anything at this point in my career, that is what we’re all shooting for at this stage. So I think a better question for myself is “what would you like to be known for?” and that would be my music of course. More specifically my writing. All I have ever wanted is to be listenable and for people to feel something from the music I release. After all, it feels very close to me because it was either made in a small LA apartment with my close friend and talented producer/engineer Mark Diedrichsen (Farco), or in my own bedroom, so to me it feels very real, and I hope that reaches the listener.

I am most proud of my decision to pursue this. It’s not easy. I often miss New Jersey, I miss my family and friends, I miss out on a lot. But I know no matter what comes of it I will always hold the experiences that came with this decision extremely close. As for what sets me apart from others, I don’t like to take myself too seriously. I work hard at this, but I know what I am and I am just another person out here trying to find an audience.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Appreciate the little things. Including paper towels and toilet paper.

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