Born and raised in The Bronx, New York Damon Banks has evolved into a "world musician" in the truest sense of the word. Growing up in New York City, he was exposed to all aspects of the arts at an early age, as well as a wide range of musical genres, approaches and "schools of thought". At 14 years old, Damon was fortunate to enroll in the prestigious "Fame School" (High School of Music & Art - as a visual artist) Those 4 years were some of the most inspirational and impactful years of his life (musically and artistically) Upon graduation from Fisk University (B.A.Music) he decided to pursue a career in music full time. Since then, he has evolved into an "in-demand” bassist and composer, and has worked with some of the music industry’s most creative artists, innovative musicians and brightest stars. His ability to adapt creatively and remain open-minded has led him into countless collaborations with genre-bending, musical trendsetters worldwide.
Some of these artists include:
George Benson, Peter Gabriel (UK) Caetano Veloso (Brazil) Angelique Kidjo (Benin) Chico Hamilton, Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco) Arto Lindsay, Marc Ribot, Loose Ends (UK) Wadada Leo Smith, Andre de Shields, The Neville Brothers, Bobby Womack, C.J. Chenier, Ronny Jordan (UK) Majek Fashek (Nigeria) KRS-ONE, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Phyllis Hyman, George Howard, Karsh Kale, DJ. SPOOKY, The Frankfurt Ballet (Germany) The Weather Girls, Eric Gadd (Sweden) Min Xiao-Fen (China) Ntozake Shange, Me’lissa Morgan, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Saul Williams, Noel Pointer, Roxane Butterfly (France) Angela Bofill and Adam Rudolph — to name a few.
In addition to many tours and recordings, his bass playing can be heard on these soundtracks:“Footsteps In Africa” (Kiahkeya films) and “Muppets from Space” (Henson / Sony films) As a composer, Damon wrote all of the material on his 2014 debut disk “Travelguides”, several tracks on Violinist Gwen Laster’s 3 records, as well as co-writing “Where Are You Now" (George Benson) and “Kiss Of A Stranger” (Miki Howard)
He is an international teaching artist, that has led workshops and participated in grant-supported teaching initiatives for El Sistema, Bard College, Interlochen School of the Arts, Cal Arts, Wesleyan University, St. Ann’s School and Medger Evers College.