TIP100 – Damion Pell

Spanning a career over two decades, Damion has played across the world from beach parties in Sydney, tropical jungle parties on the Great Barrier Reef, Ministry of Sound London, Hed Kandi, Brixton O2 Full on Ferry – Ferry Corsten to Above & Beyond. Having relocated back to the United Kingdom in 2011, he is regularly found across the UK with the likes of Umek, Danny Rampling, Nick Sentience, Jason Chance, Bingo Players, Shapeshifters, Funkagenda, Hardwell and recently with global dance music publication, MIXMAG.

His beginnings started in the late 80’s in the hip hop scene and quickly moved into the emerging dance music scene in the early 90’s in the rave scene of Australia. He started throwing his first parties in 92 in disused warehouses to abandoned houses located outside of the city in a forest. An early adopter of a more aggressive hardcore sound progressed to a bouncy rave sound to driving trance music. In 1996, he was asked by a fellow promoter to fill a gap in entrants for the regional World DMC Championships and after four gruelling rounds against some of Australia’s finest turntablists, he came a respectable fourth place, firmly establishing himself in the rave community.

He quickly rose up the ranks of established artists and toured extensively across the country, playing his style of hard trance and techno at such national high profile venues as Hard Kandi, Bass Station, Bubble, Heaven II, supporting tours as Gatecrasher and Godskitchen across Australia.

During this time he became heavily involved in the industry as an Editor of some of Australia’s leading street press magazines, (including the now defunct Ministry Magazine), even owning his own music and lifestyle magazine – EQ along with promoting club nights, touring international artists and the running of a major outdoor festival, held day and night with Ministry of Sound. It wasn’t long before Damion left for the sunny beaches and warm temperatures of London and during this time regularly played at legendary club (RIP) Turnmills to Anam as well as working for industry leading DJ supplier Decks.co.uk. After a brief sentence in the UK, he returned to Sydney Australia, where he took up the incredible role of opening the incredible venue – Argyle, a 9 bar, 6 room 8000 capacity venue. From there, he was quickly in demand to open further venues as a consultant in marketing, design and artist / music management (to which he continues today) to which Musicology was born.

In 2012, Musicology’s Damion Pell UK joined forces with one of London’s largest promoters and well respected record labels – Bootleg Social Records, with Tobie Allen hosting nights at Ministry of Sound, Gigalum, Covert and more. In November 2012, Bootleg Social Records released the very first Prohibition Vol.1 mix CD by Tobie Allen and Damion Pell with disc 2 steered by Toolroom heavyweight – Ant Brooks to rave reviews by leading industry press and figures. 2013 alreadys has Damion on a collision course of constant worldwide touring, production and promoting of Bootleg Social Records and Musicology with partners Levi 5 Star and Tobie Allen.