Damon “Nomad” Paraha, is a spoken word/hip-hop artist from the Western suburbs of Melbourne. In 2019, he performed at St Kilda Fest as a “Push Start” Grand Finalist, where he won the APRA AMCOS Songwriters Award, he also won runner-up in Alt Music Groups’ “#BarsForBars” online competition in August 2020.
Born and raised in Victoria, Nomad uses music as a way to unpack his experience as a second-generation immigrant living in post-colonial Australia. With an EP and various singles independently-released since 2016, his lyrics often contain themes of self-confidence and empowerment, most notably on tracks like “Destined” and “Testing”, although he hasn’t shied away from being vulnerable and sharing his internal struggle with self-doubt, which you can hear on his latest single “Be Like That (Feat. AS1)”.
As a father of two, he makes a point to be an example to the youth in his community, co-founding his own production company called The Movement RC with long-time collaborator, IconicBeats (A.K.A. PeterMaglogiannis), and by working with Councils and private organisations to facilitate workshops/competitions like “Benchmark” and “We Move” in local community centres and schools. Most recently he’s worked with CoHealth ArtsGen and Brimbank City Council to adapt the “L.A.B.” program for an online setting during the time of COVID-19.
On top of a long anticipated, upcoming release of his debut album “The Nomadic”, Nomad has his sights set on bringing more Music Programs and Concerts to his hometown of Tarneit in hopes to provide more opportunities for aspiring artists to grow and learn.
Nomad’s video will release on Mon 12 April 2021 on the MAV website, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Nomad will also takeover MAV’s Instagram stories on Wed 15 April 2021.