Level of Experience:
Blues | Jazz | R&B and Soul
With others | For others
I prefer to write:
Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements
Warner, Universal, Bravo Tv, Usa Network , Lions Gate
Best Urban Ep Producation American Indie Music Awards
I am interested in:
Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal
Performer, Music Teacher
International guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning producer, Damir Demirovic (a.k.a.“Duffmusiq”) is poised to release his much-anticipated debut solo album, Soulleash, this coming Spring 2017. For this dynamic new recording, Duffmusiq has produced music imbedded with his trademark smooth, vintage and authentic soul and rhythm and blues motifs. The CD also features dynamic jazz melodies as well as infectious musical themes that have been inspired by Duffmusiq’s everyday experiences. For this project, Duffmusiq has assembled a cast that includes some of the most sought after international musicians. “I had the idea of doing the album ‘Santana-style’ by having different guest musicians on every track, and also incorporating small vocal parts here and there, so that it’s not an entirely instrumental album.”, Duffmusiq explains.
On Soulleash, Duffmusiq wears several hats – not only acting as producer, but also mixing the recording and performing on guitar, keyboards, saxophone and bass. Alex Sekulovski (a fine musician who was voted “Best Drummer” by both the Pop Rock Festival and BT Fest in Macedonia), keeps that beat throughout. Also collaborating on Soulleash are highly-regarded guest musicians including Miki Petkovski (Martin Levan, Alannah Miles) on piano, Roger Williams (Jully Black, Shakura S’Aida) on acoustic bass, Serbian icon Vasil Hadzimanov on piano, Sam Heineman & Anthony Brancati on keyboards and Hammond B3, thrilling Cuban musician/composer, Alexis Baro (The Buena Vista Social Club, Hilario Duran, Nikki Yanovsky, David Foster, Paquito D'Riviera) on trumpet and Gyles Natalie (Glen Lewis, Jully Black), Quisha Wint (Snow, Jacksoul, Maestro) and Wade O. Brown (Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Clark Sisters) on vocals. Additional guest musicians on Soulleash include Connor Walsh on acoustic bass, Ran Caspi, Rob Brown, Milosh Angelov and Yash Presswalla on electric bass, Gilad Jacobson, Dimitar Bodurov and Anthony Brancati on keyboards, Geoff Bornes on alto sax and Christine Hamiton, Jin Brown and Jeff Eager on vocals.
Born and raised in Serbia, Duff was fortunate to study classical music for ten years at the renowned Dr. Miloje Milojevic School of Music. “In my home country, the only way to continue higher music education is to have both elementary and high school music diplomas.” he recalls. “My first instrument was the violin, which I began at the age of six. Part of the decision to play violin was because the music teachers allowed me to enter elementary music a year early if I choose it. Later on at The High School of Music, I focused on piano and music theory.” Although he had taught himself guitar earlier, at age eighteen, Duff studied with well-known Serbian guitarist Radomir "Tocak" Mihailovic. “He put me onto the right path of moving from rock into the study of jazz and blues,” says Duff. “A year later, I picked up a Tenor Saxophone after seeing Candy Dulfer perform in concert. While performing, she mentioned her heroes Maceo Parker and David Sanborn. Following that experience, I dove into funk music big time, got a saxophone book and started teaching myself.”
In a bold move, Duff re-located to Toronto, Canada, in order to attend the prestigious Harris Institute. In 2002, he graduated with Honours in both Music Production and Studio Engineering. Shortly thereafter, he formed the band “Jamesking” featuring vocalist Gyles. Duff was so impressed with this talented singer/musician, that he began focusing on her as a solo artist, as well as producing and co-writing new material with her. Together, they won 2nd place at both the 2008 and 2010 “Radio Star National Songwriter's Competition”, and with the release of Gyles’ 2013 EP Love and Denial, Duffmusiq also received the award as “Best Urban EP Production” at The American Indie Music Awards.
In 2012, Duffmusiq signed with the Los Angeles based “Rip Tide Music” for co-publishing and licensing. This association led to Duff’s music being placed on TV’s “Psych” (USA Network) and “Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce” (Bravo) and in the films “Shark City” (Warner Brothers) and “Alles Is Liebe” (Universal Studios Germany). Duffmusiq is both honoured and excited to have just positioned an original composition (which he also produced and composed) in an upcoming Lion’s Gate production about the life and career of the talented multiple award-winning pop and R & B vocalist, Toni Braxton.
With the Spring 2017 release of Soulleash, Duffmusiq plans to perform and tour in support of the new recording, as well as to continue to compose for television and film, and also continue to develop, write for (and with) and produce many more talented international artists.