Exclusive Interview with Los Angeles Punk Band The Damed
THE DAMED is an unapologetic Los Angeles punk infused post punk band fronted by guitarist-vocalist Heather Hellskiss and drummer Watts Yoshizawa. Angular stricken guitar riffs soaked in chorus and fuzz feed the brooding driving bass lines that weave between the tom-ridden disco punk surf beats. The sarcastic, aggressive lyrics are thrusted at you like knives while still maintaining a comforting catchy melody. The Damed writes songs about feminism, equal rights and is fueled by angst caused by political and social unrest.
Who are you taking a page from when it comes to achieving your music goals?
The Damed: Patti Smith. She doesn't hold back on her political/social views and isn't commercial.
What do you have your heart set on for your music career?
The Damed: National and International touring.
When are you finishing up your next project?
The Damed: We are currently in the process of finishing up mixing and mastering our second release.
How do you respond to obstacles in the music making process?
The Damed: If you hit a wall, step away. Let things marinate. Come back with a fresh approach.
What does it take to apply all your focus in making a project come to fruition?
The Damed: A deep passion for your craft.
What are you gaining from spending your time on ultimately doing what you love?
The Damed: A more fruitful existence. Creating art is a personal journey and very therapeutic.
Are there any other passions aside from your music that's getting your attention?
The Damed: I am very passionate about climate change and lessening our carbon footprint. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.