As a key player of the French electronic music scene, Timid Boy is known for his hyperactive tendencies as a DJ, producer, journalist, party organizer, and also, at the helm of label Time Has Changed.
Immersed in music since a young age, learning classical piano for 10 years at the Conservatoire, Damien Almira stepped into the heyday of the rave party scene during the 90’s in southern France somewhat by chance. Back then rock music was the cool thing for him and his friends, but it all changed when he heard the alien sounds of techno during an impromptu visit to Borealis festival in Montpellier.
This new thing he did not understand soon began to take most of his energy. As a teenager he taught himself how to DJ in local bars and soon picked up the moniker Timid Boy from comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.
After moving to Paris for journalism studies, he was championed by well-known writer Philippe Manœuvre who hired him at French magazine Rock & Folk. This launched a fruitful career in music journalism where he got to interview some of his idols such as Depeche Mode and The Cure, and to the deputy editor-in-chief position of Trax Magazine.
Meanwhile his music endeavors became more serious after he was invited by Ellen Allien to become a resident for the BPitch Control nights in Rex Club.
His love for the groove and making people dance did not go unnoticed. After a noteworthy residency, Rex gave him the opportunity to run his very own night. Nowadays he is also in charge of a party at Nouveau Casino and is often entrusted by CERCLE to close out their parties, notably in the Palace of Fontainebleau where he took control of the decks after Dubfire, or in Château de Chambord after Carl Cox.
Lauded by RA where he was featured on mix of the day, the international requests started to come to play at renowned parties such as Bar25, Panorama Bar, Gazgolder, Fuse or D-Edge.
The busy artist could have had enough there, yet he decided to delve into music production. His records can be found on labels such as Sci+Tec, Saved, Form, Viva or his acclaimed imprint Time Has Changed, that he manages with long time partner Acumen since 2007.
The deep musical knowledge that stems from his unparalleled dedication for music is admirable. Timid Boy brings all of this history and much more into his sets, as a truly exceptional persona of today’s electronic music scene.