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The concept 

How can a French collective gather artists from all over the world to release an album and its videos, without ever having met each other!

This collective named DAMde8, born in 2019, based in Bordeaux (France), gathers about thirty people (artists and contributors from different countries).

Fifteen of these people have put into practice their skills and the principles of collaboration instilled by DAMde8. Today they present the album MAJOR JONES, sung by Major Kami and their guest, Sarah Jay Hawley from Massive Attack.

The challenge they set themselves for this electropop album, visited by the spirit of David Bowie, was to talk about his life without his name ever being mentioned in the lyrics.

Making the album

Denis Expert began the compositions in 2020, on a corner of his dining room table, with a mini master keyboard, which allowed him to record everything on his computer, also composing the melodies he hummed in "yoghurt"(french expression used for the action of singing in fake english).

His friend Dan Burkhart, composer, arranger and sound engineer, came in to help.
Thanks to him, the sound and harmonic production took on a strong meaning.
The only thing left to do was to find a singer!

As Denis is constantly searching on social networks, he solicits several singers, but his choice quickly goes towards a female voice to avoid a "male competition" with David Bowie's voice.

After several unsuccessful attempts, and some abandonments, he hears the voice of this Canadian singer who lives in Singapore. Without knowing her, he suggested that she listen to the songs in yoghurt. She loved the theme he proposed.

Her real name is Camille Miller and she is involved as a writer.
For some of their songs, the lyrics come entirely from her (Burns in the Barns; Mystical Musical Maze...), or from him (Major Jones; Coco Dancing...).

From these songs, the participants seduced by this universe have blossomed

From these songs, the participants seduced by this universe have blossomed by creating visuals and videos. It is impossible here to mention the names of all the contributors who intervene in their field. You will find the link to their full bio mentioned at the bottom of the page.

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EP 1

  • MAJOR JONES

    All human beings living on Earth inevitably think of those who have left them and marked their minds forever.

    He too has entered our minds:
    Major Jones, a scientist, composer and designer, sailing in outer space, is looking for the one he created and sent out into the cosmos all those years ago...
    Where are you Major Tom?

    Lyrics

    Major Jones

    Where is major tom
    Are you facing him
    Or further away
    Further than you ever hoped to go
    Explore for us this space so bewitching
    Are you well there
    Have you saved a place for us
    Discover you on this space stage
    The station of stations
    Only the svom satellite could find you
    Carry your messages to us

    I'm outfit ready
    Ready to join you
    Here the virus infects us
    Life is sad words fail me
    Nothing's over yet
    Don't fail me
    Cause the Earth still loves us
    I'm outfit ready
    Ready to join you
    Here the virus infects us
    Life is sad words fail me
    Nothing's over yet
    Don't fail me
    The Earth still loves us

    Can you hear us
    Humming your songs
    Garson driving your ship
    Like planets in motion
    They are all moving
    To bring you our messages

    I'm outfit ready
    Ready to join you
    Here the virus infects us
    Life is sad words fail me
    Nothing's over yet
    Words fail me
    The Earth still loves us
    I'm outfit ready
    Ready to join you
    Here the virus infects us
    Life is sad words fail me
    Nothing's over yet
    Don't fail me
    The Earth still loves us

    Where is major tom
    Are you sure he's further away
    Further than you could have imagined
    There's nothing I can do
    Major
    For you
    Major Jones

    Lyrics : Denis Expert

  • COCO DANCING

    This woman of the shadows, Coco Schwab, devoted herself to supporting an artist with whom she had a great complicity.
    She was present in all his most extreme trials.
    Close to this superstar, she saved him to see him fly to the highest summits.

    So she deserved to dance!


    Lyrics

    Coco Dancing

    Control tower
    Plays tricks on us
    Without any diversions
    It is so straight
    Seems untouchable
    Imagine it moving
    Take three steps
    Protecting him
    Give everything to save him

    Coco dancing coco dancing
    Dancing in the head
    Coco dancing coco dancing
    In the shadow of the giant
    Coco dancing coco dancing
    Dance until his death
    Coco dancing coco dancing
    Journey to infinity
    You gave him your time and more

    Make him light up engines
    Make him come out of the fog
    Lead him onto the runway
    Let him go
    Let him fly
    Let him game
    Let him run away

    You played your part
    Run away
    You played your part
    Run away
    You played your part

    I dance on the tarmac
    See him rise
    Uncontrollable man
    To the sky of his
    Destiny

    Coco dancing coco dancing
    On my control screen
    Coco dancing coco dancing
    Main man never let
    Me down
    Never let me down

    Coco dancing coco dancing
    It's so beautiful in my head
    Really
    Really
    Beautiful
    Coco dancing coco dancing
    In the arms of the giant
    Coco dancing coco dancing
    And tells us he gave me his time and more

    Lyrics : Denis Expert
  • A BETTER FUTURE

    We took pleasure in covering this superb song because its lyrics are still relevant today and the electro-pop that we propose, with its robotic voice, gives another dimension, a form of nostalgia that resurfaces from the past to be heard again.

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    The paradox of our time, with machines taking more power, makes it harder for new generations to find their place.

    Song of a rock genre, released in June 2002 in the album Heathen, you might as well listen to the explanations given in the interview by the author himself!
    David Bowie on "A Better Future"

    Lyrics

    A Better Future


    Please don't tear this world asunder
    Please take back this fear we're under
    I demand a better future
    I might just stop wanting you
    I might just stop wanting you
    Please make sure we get tomorrow
    All this pain and all the sorrow
    I demand a better future
    I might just stop needing you
    I might just stop needing you
    Give my children sunny smile
    Give them moon and cloudless sky
    I demand a better future
    I might just stop loving you
    I might just stop loving you

    When we talk
    We talk to you
    When we walk
    We walk to you
    From factory to field

    How many tears must fall

    Down there below

    Nothing
    Nothing is moving
    I might just stop wanting you
    I might just stop needing you

    I might stop loving you


    Hey men
    Hey men
    Better future
    Better future

    I demand a better future

    Please don't tear this world asunder
    Please take back this fear we're under
    I demand a better future
    I might just stop needing you

    I might just stop loving you

    When we talk
    We talk to you

    When we walk
    We walk to you
    Better future
    Better future

    Better future
    Better future


    Lyrics : David Bowie

EP 2

  • Skandal

    Message of hope for the new generations.

    Skandal is about difference, about looking at the misfits in our society... Scandalous/androgynous/artistic/free of our appearances, the song also celebrates those of us who don't quite fit in.

    The questions are asked:
    Who will be the children of tomorrow ? How will they accept themselves, find their ways of functioning, dare to be what they want to be ?

    Lyrics

    Skandal

    Dripping head to toe red debonair
    Sequins in your eyes lightening bolts and tears
    Hover above us in the night like fireflies
    Drawn to your flame a death by candle light, light

    Can you feel a
    Cut up hard to handle, luscious little skandal
    Can you feel a
    Cut up hard to handle, luscious little skandal

    Battered butterfly let yourself be free
    The beauty you posses breathes scandalous envy
    Echos of laughter delusional disaster
    Drawn to your flame in death remain
    So scandalous
    Five years

    Can you feel a
    Cut up hard to handle, luscious little skandal
    Can you feel a
    Cut up hard to handle, luscious little skandal
    Can you feel a
    Cut up hard to handle, luscious little skandal
    Can you feel a
    Cut up hard to handle, luscious little skandal

    Free
    Bathe in lush androgyny scandalous naivety
    So free
    Bathe in lush androgyny scandalous naivety
    Serendipity
    It can never strop at style and grace
    Ingenuity is not replaced
    Strikes a pose and it becomes the show
    Black star will forever grow
    It can never strop at style and grace
    Ingenuity is not replaced
    Strikes a pose and it becomes the show
    Black star will forever grow
    It can never strop at style and grace
    Ingenuity is not replaced
    Strikes a pose and it becomes the show
    Black star will forever grow
    It can never strop at style and grace
    Ingenuity is not replaced
    Strikes a pose and it becomes the show
    Black star will forever grow
    It can never strop at style and grace
    Ingenuity is not replaced
    Strikes a pose and it becomes the show
    Black star will forever grow


    Lyrics: Camille Miller

  • IYOAB

    In Yellow Orange And Blue; let's wear the colours of "la joie de vivre"(the joy of living), open-mindedness, freedom to move and create in perpetuity. 

    Even if this song refers to a superstar who had a keen sense of design, we are all concerned and capable of embracing this bouquet of colours...c'est la VIE !


    Lyrics

    IYOAB (In yellow orange and blue)

    Well well well
    Well well well
    In yellow orange and blue
    Or in « Tokyo pop » kabuki, wouhou !
    Plic plac, spider web covering him
    And golden hands to excite you
    In yellow orange and blue
    A second skin to the English flag
    He comes from pop rock
    Where glam is king
    And of which he is the king of.

    No one can replace him
    Or burning star for a very long time…
    Hey gave a good show,
    Good show…

    In yellow orange and blue
    Who is this young fool
    Kabuki of the kabuki's who
    Descends from the Mod's
    Overcoming elegance
    To rises to the top of the Pop
    In yellow orange and blue
    A second skin that he puts on (me and you)
    To change us
    And leave us
    Floating in his values

    No one can replace him
    A burning star a very long time
    He gave a good show
    Good show

    It's time to kiss or we both will drown
    Colours won't let me down
    Colours won't let me down
    It's time to kiss or we both will drown
    Your colours won't let me down

    If you see him by chance
    Tell him I kept all his clothes,
    Why don't you come and try them on
    You will feel so much better !

    Your colours won't let me down
    Your colours won't let me down
    Your colours won't let me down
    Your colours won't let me down

    Well well well

    Lyrics : Denis Expert

  • Burns In The Barns

    Is it possible to avoid the worst?

    Terry Burns disappeared under a train. His choice was stronger than he was. These acts are seen as madness, but who knows what deep wounds animate this despair?

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    Ernest Hemingway said that his father was a coward for killing himself...but he himself, years later, provoked this act!
    Major Kami's voice is slammed, at times, to give more depth to the text. The music is deliberately tormented, active like a temporary madness, and takes us with it, conveying a message that goes beyond us, like a failed act.

    Lyrics

    BURNS IN THE BARNS

    Here comes the paranoia
    Here comes the jealousy
    Unnerving me
    Spiralling down the rabbit hole
    Flames in the cracks of the pavement
    Pulling me to the sky
    I need to sleep
    Dont open the doors
    Lash out climb to the walls
    Crawling under my skin bedbugs everywhere
    Tingling, Numbness, Migraines, Shame
    Shame I can't be like you
    Shame we can't save me
    I need to sleep
    Sleep
    Caught in a haystack where the bales catch fire
    Burns in the Barns
    Burns in the Barns
    Caught in a haystack where the bales catch fire
    Burns in the Barns
    Madness left all alone
    John Coltrane to cleanse my soul a saxophone, rare devil's beat
    Soaring highs smash to my feet
    I kick those bales but the bales bite back my brain a prisoner under attack
    Two children raised with love
    Jazz flowing through our blood
    You shot up through the stars
    You shot up through the stars
    I’m left here behind bars
    With pills,
    Windows that dont open
    Crazy
    Please dont leave me on these rails
    Its such a lonely ending
    Shadows inside my head
    Voices speaking Kerouac
    Inside this addled brain
    Voices conspire
    Coulsdon tracks are calling me
    Snowy silent enemy
    Snowy silent enemy

    Take me
    Dont open the doors
    Lash out climb to the walls
    Crawling under my skin bedbugs everywhere
    Tingling, Numbness, Migraines, Shame
    Caught in a haystack where the bales catch fire
    Burns in the Barns
    Burns in the Barns
    Caught in a haystack where the bales catch fire
    Burns in the Barns
    Burns in the Barns
    Pulling me up to the sky
    Lash out climb to the walls
    I need to sleep
    Caught in a haystack where the bales catch fire
    Burns in the Barns
    Burns in the Barns
    Caught in a haystack where the bales catch fire
    Burns in the Barns
    I need to sleep
    I need
    I need to sleep
    I kick those bales but the bales bite back my brain a prisoner under attack

    Lyrics : Camille Miller

The Band

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Denis Expert : Producer / co-author / co-composer
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Major Kami (Camille Miller) : Singer / co-author
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Sarah Jay Hawley : Singer / co-author
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Dan Burkhart : Co- composer / Arranger / Sound engineer
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Lérie Bergeron : Coordinator DAMde8
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Opo : Illustrator / Art Designer
ArtonX : Visual Composer
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Laure Fescourt : Dancer in the Wild Bo...
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Louis Fabre : Majic Stick's voice-over
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Brad Dillon : Director of the Major Jones and Skandal music videos
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Jérôme d'Aviau : Special effects director
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Armand Daniaud : Editor / Calibrator
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Grace Griffin : Director of the Wild Bo...
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Marie Gx : Graphic designer
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Chrystel Ganaye : Puppeteer
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Jean Manuel Domingos : Chief hairdresser / make-up artist
Sophia-Ines Klein : Transmission on the net
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Michèle Havet : President DAMde8
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