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Damien Fernandez

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Damien Fernandez is a musical phenom. A talented musician/songwriter/producer/singer, his imagination is literally his only boundary when producing a track.

Born 1982 in Adelaide, Australia, Damien spent most of his young life fascinated with music. At the age of only five years old Damien began learning guitar and within a year astonished family members by playing whole songs fluently.

Fascination turned to obsession as Fernandez was a young boy. By 10 years old Damien was practicing guitar for hours on end every night until his mother would turn off the lights. He attributes this affinity for the instrument to his uncle, Ian Fernandez, Damien’s guitar teacher and a truly gifted musician.

“My uncle is the most ridiculous guitarist ever! Everything I play I learned from him in some way, I seriously can’t count the hours I spent watching him play and just learning and soaking it up.”

At fourteen a young Fernandez struggled with school and the frustration of being way ahead of his time musically. “I hated school! Hated it - all I wanted to do was go home and play, write songs and sing.”

Damien was accepted into a specialist music school on a scholarship but continued to struggle with classes - at times unable to pay the tuition. More problems arose when the staff realised the startling truth that Fernandez could not read music…at all. In fact he had been watching people’s hands to see the notes and playing by ear the entire year before the music director put him on the spot in front of the whole class.

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