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Damien King, also known by his alias Thrillboy, is a producer who has his eyes set on an international scale. From previously starring on social media megahit Daniel Amos’ prank videos as his best friend, to joining Surreal Gang and making beats alongside other artists and producers, Thrillboy has experienced a lot and his work is a prime example of this.
Read to find out about Thrillboy and his resoluteness to achieve and succeed.
How long have you wanted to be in the music industry for? Was it always your dream?
Man, to be completely honest with you, music was something I never visioned or planned. It was something I kinda fell into. I was always an avid fan/listener of rap music growing up and it has always been a big part of my life, but to be a producer making the beats was never what I imagined doing. What made me want to start making beats was when I heard Lex Lugers production on Waka Flocka’s, Flockaveli, I heard that album and was like ‘Yep this is what I want to do’.
I’ve had many visions and dreams I’ve tried pursuing in these last 4 years, from being an actor, YouTuber to a professional soccer player. But I guess music was what I ended up falling in love with. Music industry wise, I would say I have a long way to go until I consider myself industry. The goal is to be in the industry. In saying that, I always want to stay true to who I am and never change up for some money or fame.
One of Thrillboy’s beats featured on his YouTube channel holding 132k views as of writing this article.
In relation to your trip to the USA recently. What were the biggest differences, both culturally and in regards to acceptance of dreams/music?
America was amazing, I only went to L.A so I can’t really talk about the rest of America but from my experience, it was so dope. I feel in L.A they are more accepting of s***, much easier to talk to and people are willing to link up and work, especially music wise. You really do realize how many people are trying to get into the game out there and it inspires you to want to be different so you stand out.
Would you consider moving to the USA specifically for music and if so/why?
In a heartbeat. It is much easier to link up with people in person and build a connection with them. I live a 13-hour flight away (In Australia) so it makes it much harder for me, especially the time differences when I am talking to other producers or artists.
Being an old best friend of Daniel Amos’, how did the emergence into the public scene doing your pranks benefit you later on?
Prank videos with Daniel were one of my first attempts at trying to break the internet, make people laugh and pursue a goal I had. I feel it changed me forever, all in positive ways. I learnt what not to do, and what to do when you are putting yourself out there as a public figure. It also taught me marketing and business techniques that I will forever remember. All these experiences I’ve had in the past few years with career attempts, I feel were trials preparing me for the big finale (I don’t specifically know what that finale is yet, but it’ll be something that works for me, I feel its music).
You stated that you wish to do pranks again in the future, how would you incorporate the pranks into your music? Or would you do both separately?
Pulling pranks and making people laugh has always been a part of me. It is in my personality. The start of the name ‘Thrillboy’ was all based off a name to do with an ex-girlfriend, basically to throw shade at her, so I’ve never let that side of me leave. Doing pranks again is very in the air, but I feel I could bring my comedic elements and incorporate it into my music as well.
Damien’s YouTube channel has been deleted. It was uploaded elsewhere, however.
An article was written about Damien King on the Daily Mail. Be sure to check it out.
What dreams do you have for the future? Can you tell any of your fans and readers who may not know specifically who you were before this article, what do you hope to do in the future in which they can look forward to?
I’ve always visioned turning Thrillboy into more than just beats and music, but also bring all my other passions into it. That means music, comedy, streetwear, adult films *giggity* etc. I have got big visions and future plans for it. Music wise, more songs with my brothers Vick Lejet and Yung 666 coming soon and more collab beats with all my brothers in Surreal Gang.
To read Yung 666’s interview, click here.
Finally, do you have any words of motivation or learning for readers/fans who may want to either join the music scene and/or follow their dreams?
You are capable of making beats even better than me. You are capable of doing anything no matter what the dream is. Its how hungry you are and how much time and dedication you put into it. Like Conor Mcgregor said: ‘There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed’. Also, I’ll quickly throw in. Accept it that your first beats will be terrible, mine were terrible. It’s all a learning curve. Don’t let it discourage you.
“2017. I don’t even know how to begin this post. 50% positive. 50% negative. This year I accomplished all the goals I wrote down for 2017. After 8-9 years of wanting to see LA, I finally did it. I finally got to work with @famousdex and I finally had a sustainable job earning money. This year has proven to me ANYTHING is achievable when you really want it. This year I can honestly say I’ve lost almost every single person who was once close to me. A lot of snakes came out of the grass this year. Being here in a country I don’t want to be in is starting to bring me down. This year has been one of my toughest so far. Music wise, I couldn’t have asked for any better. Personal life, I hope better times are on the way. One thing about me, I’ll always keep it real with Y’all. Just like this post. Have a safe and blessed new year and thank you for always supporting me. Love Y’all.”
Even though this wasn’t in the interview, I want to give a huge thank you to my brothers Xangang, Rob
$urreal & Vick Lejet. Xan and Rob are the reason I have people f****** with me to this very day. Being a part of Surreal Gang is honestly an honour and I love representing the squad anywhere I go. I love you guys like a family. Vick is the brother I never had. I look up to him like he is my big bro. He has taught me so much, not only about the music scene but also how to grow as a human. He is my main artist and we are a team.
Vick Lejet x Thrillboy will be everywhere soon. Mark my words.
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