What is your name and where are you from?
hey I’m Damien Joseph Galpren Gibson. I was born in so cal and kinda grew up all over Cali and a little Kauai with some Vegas mixed in there but now , and it seems like forever , it’s just been Santa Cruz back and forth between spots ….
That’s cool … Keep you on your toes a bit… What is like living Santa Cruz?
It’s basically like the movie groundhogs day …. Everyday the same as the next …. I play new songs , meet new people , do new tricks but at the end of the day it’s a lot like Lady Gaga .
No matter how many different ways it grabs your attention with a slight variation and pulls you in its always gonna be the same chick in a different dress …
But yeah I just skate and play music.
Chill at the park …
That’s awesome you skateboard, how long you been riding?
I’ve been skating for like twelve years . Yeah twelve . Well thirteen ,
(Damien looks up perplexed)
Years old, in twenty five … Yeah . 12yrs
What do you prefer bowl or street?
I’m down for park mostly
Just kinda goin big fun weird stuff
I guess it’s all I got Santa Cruz park is kinda sick it’s got good bowls and the street park mix up is fun not really any good street out here .
What’s is your to go trick to start your shred?
At the park I’ll do some no complys and some mini bowl magic to get things goin and then build into a full sprint huck fest where I’ll just kinda be the guy doing weird stuff at high speeds … But usually a switch tre to start … I can’t do regular ones ….
That’s sick dude, so your also a musician. Tell us little about it. How do you juggle skateboarding & time for your music?
Well it’s kinda easy I guess
I’m a full time musician and skater so it’s all I do
No regular job to keep me from my love
I’m really blessed for that ..
To be able to just do what I love and not have to work a regular job
Sounds like the life . What makes your music different than the rest of the music that is going on right now?
Well the only thing I guess that’s different is it’s a personal reflection of myself … And that is different for sure … My work with HIIMWATERDRAGON is different from my acoustic stuff and that I think is even more off the beaten path musically … Stoked on that … I feel like my acoustic rap thing I did on warped tour was different from stuff out there …. A lot of people Re like “I don’t know what it is but it’s sick” I take that as a compliment to the fullest degree .
This is your first time on Vans Warped Tour. What you think?
Fun, great, a valuable experience.
Being real though
(no glamour)……It’s rough dude … Packed in a van with a bunch of rappers struggling hundreds of miles tryna stay awake to drive to the next city for two months straight ….
Dealing with all the merch, load ins, my performance and the sleep deprivation was getting heavy on me. Somehow. Pulled it all the way runnin on fumes and vapors mentally and physically . Big ups to Kevin Lyman who hooked it up with catering for me all tour with out that I woulda croaked for sure ….
Any crazy stories on this trip?
Aside from dropping a hectic facebook post after the last date on the way to Las Vegas that dragged my tour manager thru the dirt ?
Not really …. Just kidding , well that did go down but yeah , lemme think … just the serendipitous nature of the whole trip has been insane….
I think it may just be more experiencing a heightened awareness to the constant connectedness that’s surrounding us. Basically being new places put me on lookout mode in my subconscious mind and that in my own theory , by default made me notice stuff more IDK
That sounds like the trip of a lifetime …What do you have plans for the future?
Very much so …. Shoots , tryna track down my producer is hard enough a mission on its own . But yeah lots. I’m releasing a new single on I tunes while writing for my next few albums and planning another national tour stopping at skateparks playing shows while booking and coordinating for Europe next year .
Tryna film some skating and put out some music videos ….
Any shout outs?
Jay June who gave me my first skateboard and happens to be in jail
HIIMWATERDRAGON who has helped me create amazing music over the past few years . All the fam and friends homies and haters ….
So much love for everyone out there in the world I can’t even get into it now …. I’ll save it for my book .
Basically I would slit my wrist and bleed every dark red drop of blood to lubricate the gears of conscious human life …. shout out to conscious human existence …. Thank you Peace – TZ