Sneaky success has Dad singing too!

By KUE DAVIS

BELLINGEN-raised Daimon Downey was always destined for something creative and artistic, according to his father, Nigel.

Still, no one expected him to be accepting the Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist awards at the 2007 ARIA awards.

Yes, that's right, former Bellingen High School student Daimon now more commonly known as MC Double D is one-third of the chart-topping band, Sneaky Sound System.

His father, Nigel Downey, who still lives in the area, accompanied Daimon to the ARIAs last Sunday.

"We're a really tight, close-knit family. As a dad, I'm very proud. It was a once in a lifetime experience," he said.

Nigel said the family lived in the area during Daimon's high school years where he attended Bellingen and Toormina High Schools, before moving to Queensland.

It was from there that Daimon decided to try his luck in Sydney.

"That was seven years ago, and he's been there ever since. He's always been very artistic and creative, but Sydney was where his talent really took root," Mr Downey said.

Forming Sneaky Sound System after meeting band mate Angus McDonald at a party, Daimon and Angus established their own record label, Whack Recordings, in 2004.

Connie joined the mix, and not long after laying down the number one track 'I Love It' the group shot to stardom.

Mr Downey described the ARIA's as electric.

"The atmosphere was great very exciting and energising. To be surrounded by so many successful people was amazing. But we were really just so focused on supporting Sneaky."

He said that the highlight of the night was seeing Sneaky accept their awards.

"They worked incredibly hard to get to where they are, especially as an independent label," he said.

"We had our fingers and toes crossed. With six nominations, there was a pretty good chance of them winning one, but you never know until the envelope is opened.

"I've got so much respect for the work the guys have put in. Now they've gone up another notch. It really is a statement for great independent Australian music," Mr Downey said.

Mr Downey said that despite the huge success the band has achieved, Daimon remains very grounded.

"He's a caring, generous person it hasn't changed him at all," he said.

"His sister is just beginning to do really well in fashion designing. We've always been a close family and have always supported one another fully," he said.

The past twelve months have been hectic for the trio, supporting Jamiroquai on their national tour of Australia, and heading off to Miami, New York, Italy, London and Hong Kong for shows.

Mr Downey said that there was no end in sight.

"They're recording their new album at the moment, and then they'll kick off their national tour in Brisbane this month," he said.



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