For over 30 years, Damon Locks has been in the middle of Chicago arts and culture. Locks moved to the city in the late '80s to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the first of many local pillars that would become well acquainted with the multi-talented composer, musician, educator, and visual artist. He's worked for cultural institutions ranging from the cherished indie label Thrill Jockey to the world-famous Field Museum where, legend has it, he once planted a cassette of his punk band Trenchmouth in the African exhibit.
Photo by Jim Newbury One quality that drew Damon Locks to punk rock was access. Growing up in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C., he was drawn into the city's early 1980s punk scene; already an artist, he found in it an avenue for unfiltered creation and communication, with no waiting. Since moving to Chicago at the end of that decade he has played in Trenchmouth, the Eternals and Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra and built a parallel career as a visual artist.