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Damon Cisneros

Damon Cisneros
I picked up my first instrument when I was 7. It was a guitar, and playing it quickly became my passion. Five years later and I was in my first band. I would end up playing in 11 bands by the time I was 20, but my interest in studio work was sparked at 15 when I recorded my first demo.

From Stage to Studio
The last band I was in split while recording a full-length, self-produced album, and it was at this point I realized that the studio was where I wanted and needed to be. Fortunately, my transition to the recording studio turned out to be a smooth one.

Throughout my band years, I not only sharpened my skill on the guitar, I also learned to play a number of different instruments including drums and bass. This experience, coupled with training I received under Boston Conservatory graduate and former Boston Pops member John Pramas, helped me hone my musical ear.

Training & Experience
I studied music theory at Mira Costa College in San Diego from 1997 to 2000, with classes in the following areas:

  • Recording engineering
  • Sound reinforcement
  • Ear-training
  • Music history

During this time period, I served as head staff engineer at Eko Records and also worked with a number of graphic design companies and marketing firms on sound design and digital media for clients including Revlon, Ford, Nestle and Ricochet Wireless.

Some of my credits include:

  • Co-wrote/arranged “Spawn: The Eternal” soundtrack for Sony Playstation with Patrick Richards
  • Recorded electric guitar tracks for “Dogs on the Hunt,” track five on Judge D’s Judgment Time album
  • Produced/co-wrote Defamation League’s League of the Living Dead album
  • Digitally mastered the self-titled Zodiac Death Valley album
  • Produced/engineered drum tracks for Decrepit Birth’s album …And Time Begins

My influences are as diverse as they are numerous. A product of the 80s and 90s, my music interests range from old school rap and hip hop to grunge rock. Some of my greatest music influences include Dr. Dre, Rick Rubin, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Alice in Chains. Of course, no list would be complete without legends like The Beatles, James Brown, The Police and Led Zeppelin, not to mention some of the many talented artists I’ve worked with over the years.

© Damon Cisneros 2008 - 2009
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