Raimonds Lagimovs, commonly known as *Dambis (Dam) - He made an enormous contribution to Latvian underground cultural creation, distribution and preservation. Over the years Dambis was called a Latvian underground music grandfather or father of Latvian punk rock. He became interested in music from the age of four when he used to stomp on the kitchen boiler. Raimonds Lagimovs is not just a part of the band Inokentijs Mārpls, he runs a show “Bitīt' Matos” on the Radio NABA, making Latvian independent band sample *“Odekolons” (eau de Cologne), but also organizes gigs and participates in various other projects. One of the longest is a project entitled *”Amorālā Psihoze“ (Immoral Psychosis), which plays experimental avant-garde music. At the end of the 90’s and 21st century Dambis organized a series of gigs at club “Pulkvedim Neviens Neraksta”, they occurred once or twice a month on Thursday, called *“Uz jaunu rītu” (A New Morning) and were themed, for example, one week invited bands were of the one Latvian city, another evening playing Latvian Bardi and so on. Shortly similar concerts, titled “Bitīt' Matos” were organized at the club Depo, Dambis also worked as a Saxafons club music manager. When asked Maris Čistovs (Sirke, Inokentijs Mārpls) and Karlis Purviņš (One Voice, *Vismaz trīs vārdi (At least 3 words)), with what they associate the 90s of underground subculture, the answer was: "Unquestionably depressed. Had kind of impression that tomorrow all this can disappear. Felt doomed. Listening to 90’s underground music these feelings does not leave". They have no doubt that this period has left a legacy in the history of Latvian music, Karlis Purviņš laughed, "Current emo-youth should not be given to listen " Kartāga", they’ll hang themselves”.
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