HDNSM # 70: Timid Boy


Damien Almira aka Timid Boy first rose to prominence in 2003 with his Dj residency at the famous Rex Club in Paris for the Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control parties. Spinning along side of top Dj’s (Paul Kalkbrenner, Jeff Mills, Luciano, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Booka Shade, Roman Flügel, Kiki, DJ Hell, Dusty Kid, Supermayer, Francois K, Paul Ritch, dOP…), his reputation grew quickly in the European scene.

Damien was also a very well known French music journalist, specialized in electronic music, Deputy Editor of the prestigious musical publications Trax. This enabled him a deeper understanding and appreciation of electronic music. His passionate and zestful interpretation of the deep, hypnotic house & techno sound seduced Resident Advisor which put one of his podcasts as the “Mix Of The Day” on its website homepage.

Damien runs Time Has Changed. The label has fast become one of the hottest French house labels with key releases and remixes from Oxia, Barem, Carlo Lio, Adam Shelton, Okain, Kiki, Alexkid, Jef K, Glimpse, Marco Resmann, Mihai Popoviciu, Alex Celler, Ross Evana, Marcman, Todd Bodine …

Timid Boy releases on famous labels such as Viva (Steve Lawler’s label), Form (Popof’s label), Upon You, Bitten (2000andOne’s label), Great Stuff, Barraca, Tuning Spork (Jay Haze’s label), Dame Music, Rawthentic, Inmotion…

He gets great supports and charts from Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Marco Carola, Seth Troxler, Steve Lawler, Sasha, Reboot, Solomun … His tracks and remixes often reach the Beatport charts, like “Chicago Story” (top 10 tech house) or his remix for Zoë Xenia (top 10 deep house).

Timid Boy organizes his own parties ‘Time Has Changed’ in Rex Club in Paris and use to play famous clubs as Panorama Bar, Bar 25, KaterHolzig, Air (Tokyo), D-Edge (Sao Paulo), Salon Daomé (Montreal), Cocoon, Tresor, Rex Club, Spartacus Club, Mac Arena Beach Club (Barcelona) and has success tours in Japan, USA & Canada, Mexico, Brazil & South America …

In spring 2013, Timid Boy released his first music video Baisers Volés : a ride inside a fairy and funny Paris, where a timid boy kisses unknown girls in front of intrigued tourists and amused Parisians… the final scene sets up as a tribute to the famous photography Baiser de l’hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneau.

This video has known a nice success: MTV and French TV channel D17 broadcast it, a lot of famous French media support it on their homepages (Telerama, LesInrocks, Trax, Tsugi…). Official music vidéo link : http://youtu.be/TyFK8dkt55I

“Timid Boy he’s a great producer… an artist to follow.” (Agoria)

“Sasha : Wicked new music this week, especially some beauties from Timid Boy…” (@Sasha official twitter, November 2011)

« The new leading light of the new French deep house/tech house generation » (Resident Advisor)

« The fast-rising house producer » (Mixmag)

« Once again the Frenchman coes up trumps » (Ibiza Voice)

« Time Has Changed is the most exciting new french label » (Raveline)

« One of the best french surprise » (Tsugi Magazine

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