Dj Damage, Datsun, K-West & Sammsonite
In 2001, DJ Damage joined Brisbane hip hop band, The Optimen. Other members of the band include Sammsonite, DATS, Kristoff the Russian, Peter Beaty and DJ Sheep. In 2002, The Optimen released an eight track EP called 02: Breath Control. In November 2005, the band released their album Boomtown. The singles, Give It Up and Mic Induction received high rotation on Triple J Australia’s national radio station. The Optimen won two MusicOz Awards in 2006 – The Roland Best Urban Artist Award and The Channel [V] Best Unsigned Video Clip Award for their Give It Up single. In 2010, The Out of Money Experience album was released. It debuted at #36 on the ARIA Urban charts and was Album of the week on Triple J’s hip hop show for the week of 19 April 2010. The filmclip for the single 80’s Babies has been played on ABC’s Rage programme.