Hi. I’m Damage – I’ve been called a writer, a journalist or a futurologist in the past. Recently, I’ve been hearing musician a lot more.
My track record is lengthy, so here’s a bare minimum: I grew up on cyberpunk, I’ve been working on futurepresent issues for a long time and I ultimately made my career by writing about technology, working with music or talking to people a lot. Worked surprisingly well so far. Lived a year in North London, now I’m currently based in Budapest. According to Kreatív, the flagship magazine of the Hungarian creative industry, I was one of the top 25 creative Hungarians in 2013. I’m currently working at International Business School Budapest as a lecturer and then I’m doing freelancer stuff elsewhere, mostly having to do with writing or conjuring up creative ideas.
Being the founding chief editor of LD50, Hungary’s first and up-to-date biggest alternative community portal (something very similar to Vampirefreaks) with a peak of cca 12.000 daily unique visitors was the first CM job I tackled. I also ran point on Budapest’s first regular weekly goth/industrial club series at Club Marco Polo (with Zero of the NegativeArt crew) and I was one half of LD50’s Kollektíva promoter/org team, doing a well-established regular mini-fest for the Budapest scene. All this gave me the possibility to work with such amazing musicians such as Eve of Destiny, Soman, Killing Miranda, Closterkeller, The Sepia or Angelspit, among others.
After 7 years I stepped down as chief editor and went over to research and journalism. Obviously, one does not simply stop community management, so I continued CM’ing for music startups – Dragontape in 2011 and after having relocated to North London, worked for the music-based dating site Tastebuds, catering to the needs of more than 125.000 users.
RESEARCH (FUTURE TECH & SUBCULTURES)
Cyberpunk does make you a sucker for new tech and weird stuff, I know it happened to me. I’ve been a tech columnist for 2 1/2 years at HVG, a major Hungarian news portal, covering events like Ars Electronica, the unveiling of a new Google HQ in Zürich or plowing my brains with Layered Voice Analysis. Also did something very similar for 24.hu.
I’ve been working for almost five years for a glossy J-culture magazine called Mondo – ran my own 12-page column entitled Damage Report that led to my eponymous first non-fiction blog novel about technology, cyberpunk and fringe culture, not unlike Mondo 2000’s A User’s Guide to the New Edge. (You can grab Damage Report for free here if you read Hungarian.) I was also a lecturer of social media, future tech and online marketing at the International Business School Budapest for two terms – that is where I took up teaching again in 2017.
AND THEN, MORE MEDIA.
I was also hosting radio shows – a lot of them. Four years every week at Hungary’s first webradio called ParaRadio about cyberculture and underground music during the late 90s led me straight to broadcast radio – EstFM 98.6 – where I spent two and a half years, not just doing weekly radio shows but also working as a lead scriptwriter for an absurd radio sitcom called Kónuszék avagy a Szabódó Család. The success of that series led me to be one of the screenwriters for a New York Times-acclaimed animation comedy entitled Nyócker a.k.a. The District!(It’s currently 6.2 on IMDB. And yes, I gave my face to one of the characters.) I was also involved in a Hungarian tech podcast called 20 perccel a jövőbe (20 Minutes into the Future) where we talked about current tech issues and trends in a post-6pm fashion with a lot of bad puns.
Music and me, unending love since day one. After working with FastTracker in the second half of the 90s, putting together an albumful of tracks, I’ve gone to radio (both online and broadcast), DJing and promoting artists. This all changed in 2016 when I released my comeback EP Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto. Having released four more EPs (Angst, Stray Signal , Hi Rez Lo Life and Scraps) and a few music videos, I have previously been affiliated with industrial veteran Martin Bowes of Attrition‘s label Two Gods for a time – my last two EPs have been out on Black Pill Red Pill Records).
Genrewise I’m quite close to electro-industrial and I’ve been remixed by bands like Attrition, Haujobb, Leaether Strip, Angelspit, The Mercy Cage or Black Nail Cabaret.