DAMO – Drums, Backing Vocals

Real Name: Damian Costas.

Birthday & Birthplace: July 26th in Sydney, Australia.

Instrument: Drums & Backing Vocals.

Other instruments played: Keyboards

Influences (playing): Nicko Mcbrain (Iron Maiden), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mikkey Dee (Motorhead), Shawn Drover (Megadeth), Aquiles Priester (Angra),  Stian Kristoffersen (Pagan’s Mind), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Steve Adler (Guns N’ Roses), Jason Rullo (Symphony X), Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory), Johnny Dee (Doro).

Influences (songwriting): Anything that sounds good.

What bands were you in prior to LORD? ‘Vanquish’ formally known as Rattlesnake now known as Exit Row.

Have you been involved in any other projects whilst in LORD? No.

How long have you been playing? I’ve been playing since 2004.

What prompted you to start playing? Me and two friends from school wanted to form a band and I’ve always wanted to play the drums…so when there was two of us that wanted the drums we decided to flip a coin and whoever won got the drums… guess who! :)

What gear do you currently use?

DRUMS (All Drumcraft):

  • Series 8 maple in Venice White finish
  • Snare: 14×6 1/2 Bronze Snare Drum
  • Toms: 10×8, 12×9, 13×10, 14×12, Bass Drums: 2- 22×18

CYMBALS (All Sabian):

  • 14″ AAX Metal Hats
  • 16″ AAX X-plosion Crash
  • 18″ AAX X-plosion Crash
  • 19″ AAX X-plosion Crash
  • 20″ AAX Metal Ride
  • 11″ AAX X-plosion Splash
  • 18″ AAX China

SKINS (All Aquarian):

  • Snare: Batter- 14” Coated Hi-Velocity, Resonant- High Performance Snare Side.
  • Toms: Batter- 10”,  12”, 13”, 14” Clear Response 2, Resonant- Classic Clear (Gloss Black)
  • Bass Drums: Batter- 2×22” Clear ‘Superkick’ double ply, Resonant- Drumcraft ‘Remo’ Powerstroke 3

DRUMSTICKS (Promark):

  • 5A Hickory- Nylon Tip

Is your current instrument the one you started on? Yes

What is something about yourself that would surprise people who don’t really know you yet? I’m actually a staying home/relaxing kind of guy, I love watching movies and vegging out.

Have you got any hobbies outside of LORD?I love hanging out with my girlfriend and friends, watching movies, working out, family barbeques and partying.

Do you have a personal website? Just Facebook.

What is your most memorable gig? The Sydney show on the Tyrants Return Tour 2010 at the Gaelic Theater

Favourites:

  • Foods: Steak, Chicken, Seafood, Pasta, Pizza and Protein shakes! :D
  • Drinks: Water
  • Movies / TV shows: Movies: American Psycho, Deep Impact, The Perfect Storm, The Day after Tomorrow, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Click, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura-Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty, Pineapple Express, Predator, Terminator 2- Judgement Day, Pumping Iron, Wolf Creek, Rockstar, Child’s Play 2, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, The Quest. TV Shows: Discovery Science and Discovery Channel doco’s, Scrubs, Family Guy, All Saints, The Simpsons, Rage, Headbanger’s Ball and Monday Night Football!
  • Books: Bodybuilding magazines/books, main one being Arnold Schwarzenegger: Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding and books on astronomy.
  • Bands: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Def Leppard, Pagan’s Mind, Symphony X, Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Angra, Dragonforce, Edguy, Toto, Bon Jovi, Nightwish, Steve Vai, Sonata Arctica, Saxon, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen.
  • Sports: American Football, Basketball, Golf, Bodybuilding, Mixed Martial Arts and Swimming.
  • Websites: www.lord.net.au 

What is the best thing about being in LORD? Playing together with a bunch of great friends, dedicated musicians that always put their best efforts in what they do and also having great fun doing what I love.

What is the worst thing? Nothing really… beats going to work.

Any other information you wish to divulge? I’m very proud to be a member or LORD and to play with such great friends and musicians! They help me play better and progress my abilities to its maximum potential.

Final comments: See you all on tour and thank you for all of your support over the years, it keeps us motivated to keep going strong and making great music!