Thrillboy: From Social Media Comedian to Producer

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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.

 

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Thrillboy met up with “6” on his trip to L.A to collaborate with music.

 

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.

 

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Thrillboy working on his music on his recent trip to L.A.

 

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).

 

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An old photo of Damien King and Daniel Amos.

 

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.

 

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Posted on Thrillboy’s Instagram reminiscing over the year that just passed (2017). Caption Below.

 

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.

To learn more about Thrillboy and to follow his journey, be sure to follow him on his social media accounts:

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“6”- A story of homelessness and ambition

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Disclaimer: Reader discretion is advised. Explicit language is contained below.

Geronimo Campos, also known as his rap name alias “6” or “Yung666” speaks about his troubling years in which he was faced with homelessness, drug abuse as well as his strong determination to make something of himself for both his own self and for his girlfriend and child of one year.

Below Geronimo gives his story about how he came to be where he is today and describes thoroughly his experiences within his teenage years, battling multiple demons, inside and out.

How did you come up with the name 6? What does it represent and/or signify?


Well, to be honest, the first name I went by when I started making music was “G-Mo”. If you really know me and you been f****** with me since I began, you know me by “G-Mo”.

After that, I went by “G-Mota”, “Lil reaper”, “Geronimo666”, “Yung 666”. I was definitely going through some identity crisis and then ultimately the moniker that fits me best, “6”.

A lot of people have asked me “why “6”?”.
I think honestly I chose it because it’s been a number that has always been relevant in my life in more ways than I can list. People think I just picked a number and rolled with it.

All of my close music friends have been calling me 6 back when I first started making music as “Yung 666” so it’s just always felt right. Fits my personality I think.

As far as what it represents; hopefully blessings.

6’s song “furi” produced by “PACKMAN” currently sits at 124k plays as of writing this article.

Being homeless for a period, how did you get to that point and how did it affect you immediately and in the long run? How did you get through that period of your life?

Ok well, how I got to be homeless was completely my own fault and not because of neglect or anything other than me being a stupid kid.

After I graduated high school in Montana my parents were going to move to Florida. I had the option to stay and try college out for a bit down there or go live with them back in West Palm Beach.

So obviously I said “f*** Montana” and flew down to South Florida with my folks [parents] lol.
When I got there I linked up back with my people from back in high school when I was attending Palm Beach Central majoring in journalism and s*** was tight man.

I felt like I was right back at home I was with my boys again, and eventually, it wasn’t too long till I got back into doing the same s*** I was doing.

My moms convinced me to go to college so I enrolled at Palm Beach State College and it was the best thing I could’ve done. I got linked up with some people I met at the College who introduced me to my homie who I won’t name but I’ll address as PK.

PK was known around campus as the candyman. He had molly, acid, Xanax, beans, I’m talking the hard stuff you cannot find anymore. When we met he started dealing heroin.

 

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“6”

 

Anyway, we clicked right away and I was serving on Campus for him while he was dealing with the new s***. S*** was getting hot because PK was paranoid about getting caught up.

He was on probation for some gun charges and he was living on his own with his girl at the time. So money was all we were thinking about constantly. I had the luxury of going back to a home whenever I wanted at the time, PK had to serve staying up all day and night on the porch because he had to.

If you are from South Florida you know what that’s like. If you personally haven’t done it you know someone who has. Trapping [selling drugs] is just another way to live and make it by in this world.

PK ended up violating his probation on some stupid s*** and after that, s*** just died. I was hating college and the fact that I wasn’t making really any money anymore. So I woke up one day and told my folks I’m dropping out.

I said, “I’m sorry, I really am but this s*** is just not for me”.

I used all the money I had saved up and bought myself a plane ticket to Montana and left like 2 days after. I haven’t seen my dad since.

When I got back to Montana my boys* down there were stoked. I was back living with my old roommate from high school, and one of my best buds; Strozzi and my other good friend, Connor. We all decided we were gonna form a band, like a reggae-ska -punk band.

But we were getting wasted every f****** night partying like crazy. The music was there sometimes and when it was, it was good. But we all just wanted different things so, in the end, it didn’t work out. It sucked because that was honestly the reason I went back to Montana.

I had so much faith in us.

The biggest let down was my best friend, Rollo. He was the other lead singer/rapper along with myself in the band. And at the time he started using [meth].

He got addicted to meth and he wasn’t the same. I’ll always have love for my lil bro though; stay up Rollo.

After all that I was just back to selling weed in Montana again and it wasn’t paying the rent.

One of producer Thrillboy’s, a personal friend of myself and Geronimo, produced beat in which “6” raps over.
My cousin in California hit me up randomly one day and told me her dad needed a worker for his truck driving business and that it pay me like $800-$1000 a week.

So there I was again with another big decision to make; stay here, party all day with your friends and smoke dope or use every last penny I have, buy a ticket to California and work my a** off?

I left that very next day.

I got there and immediately went to work and work was good. I met my GF during this time who I’m still with today after 3 years. We have a beautiful baby girl together.

 

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Geronimo with his girlfriend Serena and their daughter of one year, Annaliya.

Everything was going good, it looked like I was heading the right direction in what I thought I wanted in life. Then all of a sudden after about 9 months of hard work life decided to f*** me HARD.

My boss lost his contracts due to some b***-s*** and my lucky a** lost a job. So there I was jobless living with my cousin. It got to the point where I knew I needed a change again. I just got all my stuff and left.

 

I went to the first place I thought to go; my girls place. Luckily her mom f***** with me so she was cool with me crashing there for a couple days but I knew I had to make some serious moves.

I hit up some people I knew from way back in the day when I was a kid living in California like when I was around 14 type s***. Turns out they still doing what normal homies* do best so I told my homie* to let me hold some; I need some quick dough [money].

I scraped up the money I had saved and bought my boys whip off him for $1000. It was a little 1994 Honda Accord. A little scraper but that s*** was everything to me. That was my home for the next 6 months.

I was mobbing in that. I was rocking to Chico, Fresno, Stockton. I was moving work wherever I could. I did whatever I could to be able to get out of that rut.

Being in this position made me hungry. It made me ambitious. It’s definitely a period of my life that I’ll never forget.
Its a huge part of who I am today.

 

What type music are you involved in? What do you do? How long have you been involved in the music industry for?

The type of music I make and I’m involved with is really just anything I personally f*** with.
My taste in music ranges. I like a lot of classic oldies. I grew up on that s*** and then, of course, my era type s*** like the early 2000s.

I was brought up on a lot of New York rap as a kid so that influenced me a lot with growing up and getting into music. I’d say my music style is very based. Very “6”. Just free and wild and unorganized but it works.

I have fun when I record and that’s really what I’m aiming for.

I guess when I first started getting involved in this music scene, the SoundCloud scene or whatever, I was really f****** with like SGP, Raider Klan, Old Robb Bank$, Chxpo, Xavier Wulf.

So I have been on SoundCloud since like the end of high school for me like 2012-2013.

 

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Geronimo smoking a blunt [marijuana in cigar paper].

That type of music was hard and raw, full of energy and that attracted me right away. I always knew I wanted to be a part of the underground but I wasn’t going to try to copy another artists sound.

I’m a huge Lil B fan; he is easily one of my favourite rappers and people often wonder why and look at me funny when I say this but Lil B’s music taught me pretty much to be myself, as cliche as that sounds, but I did that and I feel like that’s why my music stands out.

Lil B got his own swag and that’s because he is just being himself and that’s something I have always seen and was like “yeah I can relate to this homie*”.

I always wrote music as a kid and freestyled with my friends and s*** but I didn’t actually start recording til I was in like 8th grade. We uploaded that s*** on MySpace; it was fun times though. It actually didn’t do too bad, people in our city were f****** with it.

I didn’t start recording and taking s*** seriously til like 2 years ago when I first started uploading on SoundCloud.

Its been a crazy journey and I made a lot of good friends on the way that I wouldn’t give up for the world. I love SoundCloud and the relationships I made through my music.

Why do you rap? What is your ultimate goal and/or ambition?

I rap because honestly like I said, I been rapping since I was little; since like 10 and that’s as far as I remember. I was always writing down poems and lyrics.

Mostly about girls but as I grew up and started actually going through s*** I used music and writing as an outlet for that. I guess my real goal with this s*** is to make music that people can relate to and can feel me on that level.

Like all the stress and struggles, I go through I’m sure there someone out there going through something similar if not even harder than what I am going through. So I hope my music can make s*** a little bit easier.

I listen to music to relax and escape, kind of like how I smoke weed. It’s medicine to me, it literally calms my stress and makes me happy so if I can help my friends and fans feel a little better, then I’m happy.

If people can take anything away from my music and me as an artist, no matter what I’m rapping about, I’m trying to make you laugh and maybe get you a little booted [hyped] up in the process.

The ultimate goal would be to make my passion, which is creating music & art, my full-time job. I’m 22, I have got my own crib, I work 2 jobs and I have a one-year-old daughter so I’m very determined to make this happen.

 

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Geronimo and daughter, Annaliya, bonding.

 

 

If you had to choose 3 artists and/or producers to work with in the future who would they be and why?

Wow, only 3? Man, there are so many great young producers coming out the woodwork.

However, for producers my list would go;

1. LordFubu: His sound is just so unique, mellow, and a lil jazzy and I feel like my voice would complement his production well.
2. Pharrell: I’ve always been a huge fan of his since I was young. From his production to his vocals, to his swag. I always wanted to work with him and learn.
3. Ethereal: This is literally something I’ve wanted since like 2014? This man is a f****** genius. I don’t care what anyone says; his production is amazing and unparalleled. I actually know that he & I would make amazing tracks together.

He has his own unique style and I love it. In a way, I feel like it’s my style too.

 

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“YUNG666” hanging out with friends.

 

The artists I’d like to work with are…to be honest there is not many.

Of course, I would love to work with a lot of artists who I would consider to be legends, but I really do only have a top 3.

  1. Lil B: This would just be a dream come true. Everyone knows how much I love and respect the Basedgod so this was an easy first choice. He’s influential, seems like a really nice guy, and he’s the rawest rapper alive.
    2. Chxpo: He is an underground king, he is the BVNDGXD. I remember I dropped this song like a year ago called “Can’t trust a soul” and he just randomly liked it one day on SoundCloud and I was like “bet lol if Chxpo f*** with it, it must be an ok song”. Ever since I have been f****** with him, I’ve talked to him about getting a song in one of these days so you never know. Maybe soon?
    3. Lil Tracy: I f*** with Tracy. He doesn’t have a bad song in my opinion and you can tell that man* just has a natural talent so it would be cool to get to work with him and see what we can create. I think he’s one of the most clever lyricists I’ve heard recently.

You state that you had a rough upbringing, what happened? How did that influence your life, decisions and music?

My parents were great. I grew up most of my life here where I stay at now, Marysville, California. So it wasn’t like I had f***-ups or bums for parents.

We weren’t rich at all, far from it but my parents were just both hardworking people. They still are to this day. They always worked, both of them my whole life, to make sure I had everything I needed.

They were working class; hard working class and I owe everything to them. I was a hardheaded kid and unfortunately I had to learn a lot of things the hard way.

Marysville, California is a little city full of decent people I guess but as a kid growing up here you have to deal with a lot of b***-s***. A lot of gang s*** and stupid s***. A lot of kids who want to be into that type of s***, trying to be hard all the time.

Trying to bang [participating or being affiliated with gang activity] for respect, meanwhile, you know their whole history. A lot of people were/ are being fake to fit in.

I was never an aggressive kid really but I did get into quite a few fights. I’d say too much considering the type of person I am.

So in my experience, it was rough. I grew up differently than a lot of my friends. I made decisions that weren’t necessarily reflective of the person I am today, but because I had to at the time.

When I moved to Florida my whole life changed. I moved to West Palm Beach Florida and all my friends down there embraced me and put me on s*** immediately. I met a lot of strong connections within this s*** that I still have today.

When I was in Florida I wasn’t taking music seriously I was just f****** around, doing drugs and getting stupidly high 24/7. That’s all I wanted to do. But around the time I was dropping acid heavily, like almost every day type s***, something clicked in my head. I could really do this s***.

South Florida was already on the rise and I wanted to be part of that wave of amazing rappers that era gave us.

All my friends always told me you know I can rap and whatever and I should f*** around and hop in the studio. At the time one of my best friends Jorge Quitian was shooting and editing music videos for Wifisfuneral, then known as Izzy kill$.

He would tell me to just go for it and he got me on the music video. It was sounding good, he was going to link me with some people who could offer me studio time. I could tell he really wanted to help me cause he had seen that I was going crazy.

I was doing way too much s***. I was popping/sniffing Molly like every day, showing up to that homies* house f***** up. Like I said, that’s all I wanted to do.

 

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“10 PM Nov. 08. 2017”

 

I was going to my classes tripping off CID [Acid] and sometimes candy-flipping like a dumbass. I was just real reckless but I felt like the drugs helped me creatively and even socially.

I never pulled the trigger then when I had the chance back in 2013. I never recorded anything, made any real connections besides meeting people occasionally through weed or drugs.

After years of more bad decisions; finally last year in 2016 I got fully sober. I occasionally will have a drink or “f*** it I get drunk when I want to” but definitely not every day, not even close. I smoke weed every day but s*** if I didn’t I would be a f****** a****** so I’m doing us all a favour.

But in all seriousness, my music is just mostly bits and pieces of my life, stories of s*** I have been through.

With myself growing up how I did, it forced me to grow up a little faster than most kids around me but I cherish my youth. I was a goofy kid always and that reflects in my music and I love it.

Your upcoming joint tape with producer Thrillboy is coming out soon. How did both of you meet?

Yes, Thrill6 is currently in the works and we’re both excited to share what I believe will be our best collaboration yet.

We met through Twitter; I’d say maybe a little over a year ago now? My memory is s***. I just came across him and what caught my eye was, of course, the name Thrillboy and the fact that he had a Catsippycut AVI, the OG [original] ones.

At the time so did I so I was like, “ok I will give this guy a follow”. I heard a beat of his and I think I DM’d him saying “wassup” and asking for beats lol.

I wasn’t s*** at the time, I think I had maybe 200-300 followers on SoundCloud and 100 on Twitter lol but he f***** with me and sent me a whole a** load of beats and that’s how the “Sold my Soul for Some Clout” tape with Goyard happened.

 

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“6” [Geronimo Campos] and producer “Thrillboy” [Damien King].

I immediately f***** with Thrillboy from the first like 30 seconds of hearing his s***, it was so upbeat and unique. I never heard anything like it at the time.

Now you hear people making Thrillboy type beats all the time even if they don’t know it. He made his own sound. I chose Thrillboy to be my producer because the man is fire; he’s a legend, and one of my best friends. I really am blessed to have met him and Vick Lejet.

It happened so organically, and when we linked up in LA it was like a reunion, not an introduction. I chose Thrill because I believe in him because he believes in me. I know if we keep going there’s no limit to what we will accomplish.

What will listeners be able to look forward to in this upcoming tape?

Expect a lot of heavy hitting bass. We’re going to be bringing that raw based feel on this one but with a little twist.

Very based of course and also there will be no features on this tape. Still not sure how many tracks will end up on this tape but believe that only the best songs are making it on there.

We really want this s*** to slap so we are going to be working all Winter on this s***.
It’s “6 SZN”.

If you were able to give any tips or words to individuals reading this who may be trying to achieve their goals, what would you say? In regards to music, what tips would you provide to those ambitious in the industry?

I’m not the type to preach and I definitely don’t have all the answers, but to all creatives out there who really have got a passion and love for what you do, don’t stop doing it.

Don’t stop. Never stop.

Even if you feel like it’s not getting you anywhere and you are wasting your time, you can’t give up on yourself. It might not make you money right now or right away, but if you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes.

So do that s***. I know how it feels to be like “man why the f*** am I doing this for?” But all I have to do is look around and I have a million reasons to keep going so for me quitting is not an option.

I’m under as f*** so I mean if you really want to get in the industry shit I would assume the best advice I can give is “put yourself out there”.

Not just on the internet, put yourself out there in real life. Go out, meet people, make connections, ask for advice, try to learn as much as you can about this business and you cannot fail.

To follow Geronimo’s career and his determination to create a life for his family, follow him on his social media accounts listed below:

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An Online Portfolio- Have your story told

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Recently I have begun to work with individuals/ personalities in the media sphere, allowing me to gather many interesting stories from those that wish to have their story told to their audience as well as mine. It is my passion to learn about others personal stories and help bring that story forth to the public. I have a goal to gather as many possible stories as I can from as many various individuals as possible who are grinding/ working to achieve their goals in the media.

This goal will ultimately be a large portfolio at the click of a button for as many people as I possibly can write about which will include their motives, story, and any unique information the public should know about. This will be included in my “personalities” section which already has the stories of Carli Glubok and Grace Gunn, with many more stories currently being created as this post is being written.

I am currently seeking the stories of individuals who wish for their story to be told. This will help upcoming artists, personalities etc immensely as it will allow for potential collaborations, workers eg to find an article about you and who you are and what you will provide for them. Through having an article written about you, it will open a large variety of doors and perhaps, kick-start your career and/or further it.

It is also free.

Right now I am asking for those that wish for their story to be told, through the process of an online interview (or in person if you live in or near Sydney, Australia) to come forward and email me at:

klhwriting@gmail.com

Or contact me through my social media accounts which are located at the bottom of this page and every page on KLH Writing.

I look forward to hearing from you.

-Kyle Hughes