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About the Band

Artistes Known As Us - Damian (Damo Funk) - Producer/Writer/Composer James Renford - Saxaphonist & Collaborator on most tracks Ian Smirthwaite - Guitarist and cool dude!


Damo Funk (Damo) of Damo Funk Productions was the instigator of this project and long held ideal since 2008 to produce his own music in collaboration with life long friend and sidekick James... We are...

With Guest Musicians and Vocalists on occassion...

Artistes Known as Us circa 2013… is a musical collaboration of 30 years experience between them of Live Music, writing tracks and performing with the best; culminating in a vigorous writing process which began in 2013 culminating in the launch of the finished project our first digital release in June 2016 'The Saxophony Dreamscape E.P. part I'. Thus our journey was born of mixing electronic derived beats and sounds with live instruments and vocals and twisting that electronically too! All born out of our love for the music from ambient breakbeats to Tech-House Funk and Trance, with its foundations strictly in Soul, Funk, Jazz, 80’s Nu Romantic and DeepHouse Music (with a 'tech' twist). An accessible thinking persons dance music that can appeal to all… and we can do it live what we do on our recordings! 5 Albums/E.P's and 4 Single releases later, It's our main aim now to increase our reach and get a wider audience across the UK and overseas listening to our unique music... People really need to hear "Us" whether on CD or online, definitely LIVE! Every where we've played live to date we've had great feedback... we smash it loive with our energy and delivery! Our Music genre, primarily Beat Driven House & Techno (with some Trance and a whole lotta funk!), but we dont like to be pigeon holed. We've done several live performances since 2016 testing the water of or take on EDM, House and Electronic based Vocal House and Garage, mixing it up with real instruments and quality musicians. james has worked with nthe like of Sting, Pato Banton, Edwin Star and Steel Pulse, Whilst Damo has worked alongside and learnt from Dj's such as Will Senior, Danny Rampling, The Rhythm masters/ Stevie Mac and with Club Nights such as Miss Moneypenny's, Hed kandi (Tour Manager), Funky Circus and many more... Ian has worked as a session musician with many a top Rock/RNB Band and is currently producing his own ambient journey type electronica for the future (2019?).. We add to our mix by getting in what we feel are the best up and coming Singing Talent and most professional session musicians who are into our vibe... most recently Sowen (Stevie O) and Owen Davidson (Bass Guitar).. Theyve added an extra dimension to our current work in the Studio and Live.. So too the Vocalists who've come in on recent projects especially the last 3 Albums.

Seeing is believing, and we believe once you see us and hear us you'll be hooked... next stop... our local Studio to put together new material, introduce new members to the AKAUS Collective, New Collaborations and New Live Gig dates starting in February at New Birmingham date for EMOM (Electronic Music Open Mic) Night in Digbeth, a Gig yet t.b.c in March and a Music Festival in June 2019... 2019 despite the loss of James will be a year we really get noticed... this will help the legacy james left behind progress in the music we create in the future! #watchthisspace and the Events Page...


We intend to Launch a NEW Online Digital Album Called Mia Casa Su Casa*

On Proposed Promo Release Date 31st March 2019 full release 14th April 2019



The core members has grown and #AKAus now consists of Damian/Damo Funk (composer/producer), James R Saxxman (Saxaphone & co-writer on From me to you) and Ian Smirthwaite (Guitar), with Guest Vocalists on each of our tracks. Our latest releases features Rose (a renowned Reggae Vocalist turning her hand to House Music) and the Soulful Vocal talents of Genevieve (who currently fronts a Funk band that jams regular at the Jam House Birmingham).


The launch of this group and its material has been kept under wraps for some time E.P. tracks released to date available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify are “The Saxophony Dreamscape E.P. Part I”. Released July 2016. The next stage of our trilogy of releases will be available on-line from January 2017 on CD Baby online download site and for Hard Copy CD format release of Parts I, II & III plus CASA DISCO II will be available later in the year to purchase mail order via our website with some Promo “White label” releases being sent Dj’s and Radio Stations as and when. … We can do our stuff live too!!! That’s our USP! We are looking to support other acts or do promo appearances at very keen fees to maximise our exposure. We are open to negotiations… 2018/19? … From me to you…bring it on bring it on bring it on…. Gimme Disco techno Disco...


For more info contact the AKA Us management team on new bookings & info No.07758101891





AKAUS Release News & Links



See Calendar Section for info on forthcoming Releases and events 


R.O.H.M.P.A returns in October 2019 tbc!

Dj CoolHandDuke one member of the Collective Known as Artistes Known As Us now has a Weekly Saturday & Now a Sunday Resident Radio Show for #Beachradioco the newest and brightest Online Radio Show in the UK/World right now with exciting things in the pipeline for 2019...  Every Saturday 14.00hrs BST/GMT every Sunday 12noon BST/GMT, To Tune in, Click on Icon Flyer below!

  1. CASA DISCO II our revolutionary music album of last year is available now via Beatport, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music and many more good online stores or as Physical CD direct from us (with additional exclusive limited edition Mixes)... Buy it Now and support independent musicians tha do the Electronic House Thang LIVE!!!
  2. AKAUS Tracks are feature on a charity album #MacBrumLive21stcenturyrumrunnersreborn available on #CDBaby or via mail order here on this website. In June we'll be touring with our mobile 'pop up' record store to sell this album in CD Format with Bonus CD with unreleased projects and mixes on it from Artistes Known as Us, as well as selling the new Album Casa Disco II, #watchthisspace !!!
  3. Stiletto being remixed by up & coming U.S Dj/Producer... DJ7Teen release date is now March 2019! Final touches still being worked on by Jojo! All the best stuff takes longer than you think occasionaly...
  4. Dj CoolHandDuke to release a remix project that he has collaborated with both DJ7Teen February 14th 2019



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AKAUS Event Calendar

  • February 14, 2019
  • February 21, 2019
    The Ruin, Birmingham, West Midlands
  • June 23, 2019
    The Troubadour, London, GB

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