Badly Drawn Boy

Growing up in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy kicked off his stellar musical career in 1997, with the limited-edition, five track vinyl release "EP1"; that this release received wide,spread critical acclaim from those in the know. Following the success of his early EPs, it was BDB’s debut album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast (2000) that saw him win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, beating fellow Mancunians the Doves and joining the ranks of previous winners that include Pulp, Portishead, Primal Scream, Dizee Rascal and the Arctic Monkeys.

Badly Drawn Boy (Musician and songwriter)

NOISE Curator, Music 2008



Growing up in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy kicked off his stellar musical career in 1997, with the limited-edition, five track vinyl release "EP1"; that this release received wide,spread critical acclaim from those in the know. Following the success of his early EPs, it was BDB’s debut album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast (2000) that saw him win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, beating fellow Mancunians the Doves and joining the ranks of previous winners that include Pulp, Portishead, Primal Scream, Dizee Rascal and the Arctic Monkeys.

One of the biggest singer/songwriter names to come out of the UK, a further seven studio albums followed, including the soundtracks to Hollywood hit-films, About a Boy and Being Flynn.

 

My overall impression [of NOISE] was that there was nobody as good as me. (I’m joking.) I’m just amazed at the amount of people there are making music and this is just scratching the surface – it’s quite astonishing. That makes me feel quite positive because, regardless of the way the music industry is at the minute, the fact that people are making so much music any way shows that they are doing it because they love it.


Damon was as excited as us to be involved with NOISE as a Curator. He attended the NOISE 2008 launch at Downing Street, which saw him schmoozinge with the likes of Wayne Hemingway and Alistair Darling MP. He performed his hits live on stage with The Jessie Rose Trip, (his NOISE Curator Choice) at the NOISE Creative Futures, Alternative Careers Fair. In the same year, we created a virtual version of Damon for our Second Life launch, woolly hat and all...



 I think that a fast track to fame is what people think is acceptable these days and it’s amazing that it’s worked for people, but I think what we’re talking about with NOISE is the other side of the coin – these people are genuinely into creating music or anything in all the other fields of the arts and I think that’s why NOISE is interesting to someone like me because it’s actually promoting real talent and people that wouldn’t go to the X Factor, people that would rather do it their way, and that’s the best thing I could say about it.

Badly Drawn Boy


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