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>>>>DAMIAN D’COSTA (Cocoon Lounge, Bahrain)<<<<
Born & bred in the Middle East, Damian D’Costa is 1 of the few DJs in the region who has worked all his life towards his ultimate goals of DJing internationally & opening up his own clubs & bars. 20 years on & not holding back, Damian’s career goes way back to the 80’s where he started off as a turntabilist & progressed through the years witnessing the birth of House music which makes him understand the genre better than many of today’s DJs.
During university, the early 90s, saw Damian hold a 4 year residency in a major club in Limassol, Cyprus & on returning to his hometown Bahrain he decided to use his marketing degrees to promote the nightlife in the region & soon began to organize his very own parties & events & has put together some of the islands best beach, fashion & Underground parties including Xposure 2004, Parasoul , the famous Full moon party & 2 FTV parties.
Damian as a DJ has held residencies at some of the island’s most famous clubs such as BJs, Likwid & Savage garden & has also hosted his own 5 day a week radio show on the national radio station, 96.5fm for 4 years where he promoted most genres of House music educating the masses bringing the international club culture to the shores of the Arabian Gulf.
In 2004 & 2006, Damian swooped 1st place at the world famous Heineken thirst studio competition & represented Bahrain for the regional finals coming a close 2nd. Through the years of his residencies, he has played alongside numerous International DJs including Paul Oakenfold, Sander Kleinenberg, Hipp-e, Kenny Hawks, Anil Chawla, Damian Lazurus, Marshal Jefferson, Simon Dunmore, Roy Davis Jr. & Luke Solomon to name a few & has landed gigs in major clubs & events around the world including Slovenia, Poland, Dubai’s Trilogy, Ibiza’s El- Divino & Bora Bora & London’s ‘TheGallery’ at the Ministry of Sound.
Over the past 3 years Damian has managed to design, develop & open his very own venue, Cocoon Lounge (www.cocoonlounge.net) which proudly hosts International DJs & artists on a weekly basis & he has more recently partnered in opening an up-market restaurant/Lounge, MUJU restaurant & lounge (www.mujuamwaj.com) on a brand new man-made island called Amwaj islands where he hosts several of the world’s best chill out DJs& has just signed up with the world famous Café Del Mar . Both venues have been the evolution of the region’s nightlife & have been internationally recognized.
On the music front, Damian has landed on the official roster for Salvacion, Ibiza Republik & has other up-coming gigs in Amsterdam, Italy & Ibiza of course! He has also set up his very own electronic music studio in Bahrain where his style of groovy tribal tech house productions are well underway to being mastered & released & with him being a bass guitarist by trade, be sure you’re in for some true funky floor fillers!