“…embark on a futile bout of lexical tail-chasing as you endeavour to find adequate adjectives with which to catalogue his stunning, burnt sugar vocals.”

- Stylus Magazine

Damon Aaron

DAMON AARON

"Don't Want to Know"

Having spent the last several years touring and releasing instrumental music under the name Contact Field Orchestra,  Damon Aaron picks up where he left off with a soulful version of John Martyn’s “Don’t Want to Know”.

 

“Don’t Want to Know” was a one-off he casually recorded at home and sent to friends during the pandemic.  John Martyn’s repeated mantra “I don’t want to know about evil” seemed like the only song to sing at the time. It still does. Now it’s being released as the first single from a new vocal album forthcoming this year.  

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BIO

Most well known for a brand of soul/folk songwriting that is liberal with it's cross-pollination of American and African roots music,  Damon Aaron has also been at the intersection of the LA jazz and beat scene for many years. 

As a guitarist, he's been featured with seminal hip-hop MC Divine Styler, Ghanain Reggae singer Rocky Dawuni, and LA Ethio-Jazz favorite Ethio-Cali amongst others.  His work with Carlos Niño and jazz orchestra Build An Ark allowed him the opportunity to play with luminaries like Nate Morgan, Michael White, Derf ReklawBig Black, and Phil Ranelin amongst others.  His vocal collaborations have included Telefon Tel AvivAnthony Valadez(KCRW), and Barbara Morgenstern.  His production work has found him making beats and composing music with Mike Simpson(Beastie Boys,Beck).

For the last several years, he's been performing a dubbed-out live show at festivals throughout Europe(Fusion,Garbicz, Lethargy) and releasing music as Contact Field Orchestra.  CFO is a multi-media project that combines found sounds, hand-built percussion, hacked toys, and tall tails.  The debut lp, “Contact Field Orchestra Vol. 1”, was released in late 2013 in partnership with acclaimed art collective HIT+RUN.   Recorded almost entirely with contact microphones, this project allowed him to explore different textures and rhythms as instrumental compositions favoring mbira, melodica, and banjos. 

Currently, he's writing and recording new vocal music and doing session work in Los Angeles.  He contributed to DJ Nobody's latest Ubiquity release, as well as The Gaslamp Killer's "Heartmath". 
 

SELECT DISCOGRAPHY
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Don't Want to Know (Single)

2022 Deodar Records

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FRIENDS

2022 Deodar Records

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Ethers

2017 Deodar Records

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Autumn

2014 Deodar Records

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Highlands

2009 Ubiquity

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Ballast

2021 Deodar Records

(Originally released 2005 Plug Research)

COMPILATIONS

2008  Karen P Presents:  Broadcasting  (Sonar  Kollectiv)

2001  Dublab Presents: Freeways (Emperor                       Norton/Dublab)

2006  Impeach The Precedent (Kick Snare Hat)

2004  Rewind! Vol. 3 (Ubiquity)

1999  The Funky Precedent Vol. 1 (Loose Groove)

COLLABORATIONS

2019 The Gaslamp Killer, Heartmath

2019  Dj Nobody, All Too Familiar, (Ubiquity)

2012  The Space Between, Joey Newman + Damon Aaron

2012  Anthony Valadez “Walking Away”, Just Visiting (Plug Research)

2005  Barbara Morgenstern/Robert Lippock, Tesri (Monika)

2004  Telefon Tel Aviv, Map Of What Is Effortless (Hefty)

2003  I-Wolf Presents: Soul Strata (Klein)

1999-2009 Build An Ark, Various

FILM/TV

2020  Son of the South, Directed by Barry Alexander,     "Roughshod"

2016  Ray Donovan, "Pick And Axe"

2014  Composer, In Between Songs, Directed by Joshua Bell

2013  Assistant Composer/Guitars, The Power Of Few, Directed by Leon Marucci, Music by Mike Simpson

2012  Original Music, Dancing Still, Written by Ingrid Rogers, Directed by Robert Munic

2011  Original music, The Space Between, Directed by Travis Fine

PRODUCER

2007 Megan Jacobs, Prosperity

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