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While growing up on small farm in rural North Carolina, Desmond learned to appreciate blues and rock music from his late father. As a teenager he became fascinated with southern hip hopR&B, and electronic dance music. His sound today is an assimilation of these influences with his musical roots.


"When I was a kid, I never had that generational clash between my parents music and "my music" because I was listening to their stuff (blues, rock, & soul music). But then a friend showed me  "Speakerboxx/The Love Below" and "The College Dropout" and for the first time I felt I had to hide what I was listening to from my parents (laughs)! But that was really important for me because it allowed me to find my own voice as a songwriter and now when I write I have these two vocabularies thanks to that." 

- Excerpt from BETC Pop interview 2017 ( in French)

After a chance meeting with a German record producer shortly after graduating high school, Desmond relocated to Europe. In 2014 he self-released the LP "Villa Contraband", and has since played more than 700 concerts across Europe and the United States. In 2017 he released the EP "Brothers and Fathers" and began touring with the popular French act Her. Desmond is also a performer in the latest show at Le Lido de Paris and can be seen performing regular sets Thursdays at the historic Hôtel de Crillon.


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