WickedBeatSoundSystem - Info

DAMIAN ROBINSON - Producer Composer

Damian is the creative force behind WBSS.

Having spent his former years playing guitar in various bands while working at The Sydney Opera House, Damo rose through the ranks and ended up Sound Designing and Engineering numerous productions for Opera Australia, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and various one off events. Greatly influenced by new leaps in music technology, and inspired by the obvious new creative possibilities that that technology made available, he has been dabbling with electronic music since his childhood. From those early days, chopping up drum loops and vocals in his bedroom, he has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded composers and producers.

In the mid 90’s, drawn together by a mutual love of HipHop, Ragga and Dub styles Damo started collaborating with Dave Carnovale and various likeminded artists including vocals Linda Janssen and Kye Heta and created what we now know as “Wicked Beat Sound System”. From the formative Jam nights at Sydneys now defunct Bently Bar he has built WBSS into one of Australia’s leading electronica outfits.

Apart from his duties with WBSS, Damian’s unique production skills are in high demand.
In the last few years he has worked on remixes for the likes of Paul Kelly, Leonardo’s Bride, Abi Tucker, Renee Geyer, Yothu Yindi, Christine Anu, Darren Hayes, Iva Davies to name but a few.

Other recent credits include musical compositions for the acclaimed Sydney Dreaming Festivals, Music production and live performances with the indigenous superstar Frank Yamma, including co-writing and producing his latest Album, Keep up The Pace. Music composition and production for Sydney rappa and JJJ presenter Mya Jupiter. Music composition for the award winning Australian / French Theatre Production “Ngalyod” that toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. His co-written song with Emma Donovan, Miminga off the WBSS album Dreaming has been given extensive exposure with recent peformances by The Barefoot Divas.
He has recently collaborated with Susie Higgie of Falling Joys fame on a song to raise money for the recent bushfire appeal called The Fight Of Your Life.

Damian currently lives on a farm near Canberra where he indulges in a passion for growing French Truffles.

LINDA JANSSEN - Singer songwriter

Linda Janssen is a singer/songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. She performs with various bands including WBSS. Live work started with Teddys Punky Reggae Jamdown at the Hopetoun in Surry Hills, followed by playing and touring with Sydneys Legendary funk outfit, Bellydance.

Her co-writing spans approx 10 years and includes: One Blood (Bellydance), Babylon Mixed Business (Bellydance) and Don't Forget To Smile ( Coffee Protection Society) as well as Music from the Core (WBSS), Inna Styles (WBSS), New Soul Breaks (WBSS) and Hydromajestik (WBSS).

Linda recently independently released a song Alive, which earned critical acclaim via the Funk Corporation remix. Her influences are many and varied, from Bobby Gentry, Burt Bacharach, Elvis, The Undisputed Truth, Gladys Knight & Rufus with Chaka Khan, thru to Kruder & Dorfmeister etc.. Says Linda: Music is either good or bad and I like it good.

Previous members of WBSS include

MC Kye and Crucial D aka Dave Carnovale.