FRESH: ‘Silence’ – DAMM

DAMM debuts with…“Silence”!

DAMM has released her first single, “Silence”. Born in the Netherlands but pursuing a music career in London, the artist has been working on her new image and songs since 2017. With a lot of experience under her belt, such as syncs in MTV’s Awkward and ABC’s Switched at Birth, she is now back with a new sound and a new image. This is the first single of her upcoming EP.

About the new track DAMM tells us: Whilst being in lockdown I got so inspired by the silence around me that I had to make a new track of it. ‘Silence’ is about trying to stay in the moment, withdrawing from the world or a certain situation for a matter of time to find inner silence within yourself and to listen to your deepest feelings. It has given me a very clear mind where I want to go and taught me that the only thing I have to be is me and to stay true to myself”.

DAMM is the alias of Amsterdam native vocalist and songwriter Marleen Wegdam. Half way her career and successes she needed a change and moved to London in 2017. She used the city’s dark and rough, yet pure backdrop as inspiration to shake up and re-invent her creative approach. Both her sound and raw lyrics are a direct result of transitioning to a new, vibrant life where the unexpected is the norm. Producer Zaplin helped push her to find a unique style that embodies a sonic battle between light and shade, packed with catchy melodies, piercing drum sounds and rumbling basses.

Her fresh sound has been influenced by contemporary R&B/ Pop as well as underground ambient music. DAMM’s previous tracks have caught the attention of music supervisors in both the UK and the US and have appeared in the likes of ITV’s Love Island, MTV’s Awkward and Degrassi, ABC’s Switched at Birth and Blockbuster movie Barely Lethal, starring Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!