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About Damien Rice
Born on the outskirts of Dublin in the early 70s, Damien Rice moved to Tuscany in March 99, then travelled around Europe, busking the streets. He arrived back to Dublin a year later, recorded his demo and sent it off to renowned producer and film composer, David Arnold (Bjork, James Bond). Arnold liked what he heard and provided enough money for Damien to buy his own mobile studio.
In September 2001 Damien released The Blowers Daughter, in Ireland, the first single to be taken from the, as yet unfinished, album. The single went top 20 and was used for the 2004 film Closer. His ensuing tour was also a resounding success.
His first album O was released on February 1 2002 and was eagerly lapped up by critics and audiences alike. A major six-week tour of Ireland followed along with dates in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Damien was nominated for Meteor Irish Music Awards and a BBC Hot Press Rock Award. O has since achieved platinum status in Ireland. In the UK, constant gigging, festival appearances at Glastonbury, V2002, Edinburgh Fringe, plus supports with McAlmont and Butler, Counting Crows and Kathryn Williams, have all helped establish Damien as a must see live act.
Damien has recently appeared as guest on Later With Jools Holland! alongside Moby, Badly Drawn Boy and The Sugababes.
Rice’s upcoming album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, is his first collection of material in eight years and was produced by Rick Rubin and Rice. Damien recently teased the record with a video clip featuring an acoustic version of the intro to the album’s title track, which Stereogum praised as “the prettiest and most properly epic-sounding piece of music he’s ever released.” The full-track premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, who hailed that Damien would once again be an "instrumental influence on our new generation and generations to come…eight years just evaporates into nothing. Incredible!”