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MADQAP head nacho A. Damien Goyenechea is a Los Angeles- based songwriter, musician and producer. To date, Goyenechea has written over 250 songs and produced over 600 songs for his groups and others. Goyenechea began his career in Seattle honing his chops with his band ‘Cilantro’ then moved to San Diego where he formed “Cape May”. While with Cape May, Goyenechea produced The ‘Green’ Album, which receieved favorable reviews: The San Diego reader penned that ‘the production of each track is ‘flawless’ and SD City Beat called the record a ‘coup’. Goyenechea formed “Calico Cartel Records’ to release his bands recordings as well as serve the San Diego community’s production needs. During this time he also worked with Netherlands-based record label Jikkou Records as their American liason.

After disbanding with Cape May, Goyenechea went into the studio with local San Diego musicians to record his new effort ‘The Calico Cartel’ which SD City Beat called ‘a way-too-addictive dance of uptempo keys, horns, strings and, of course, Che’s dark croon’… The EP was chosen as 1 of the 13 ‘EXTRA SPECIAL GOOD’ records of the 500 reviewed.

After 6 productive years in San Diego,  LA seemed to be the next natural step. He took a job working for Justin Goldberg at Measurement Arts Management (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) which proved to be short lived as the music biz was crashing along with the economy.

Goyenechea decided to go back to his home base of Seattle, WA where he took a promotional position at Sarathan Records (Peter Bradley Adams, The Purrs, Feral Children) before starting his own imprint, Madqap Media. Madqap Media has worked on several tech projects as well as booking local and national talent, recording bands and pr duties.

While in Seattle, Goyenechea formed Panama Gold, which received steady airplay and played over 100 shows from 2009-2013, many of which reached capacity. After 5 years of rigorous recording, live shows and touring, Panama Gold called it quits, and Goyenechea decided to take a break from live shows and formed his latest studio project, BREAKS, which has focused on making recordings and videos.  Their videos have received upwards of 100k views on Facebook and Youtube.  Goyenechea and his friend Chris Velazquez also formed the Tejano parody group, “Los Tigres De Tacoma” which have garnered over 200k views on their videos to date with hits such as “Titty Coffee and “Tecate”.

As of January 2019, Goyenechea has returned to Los Angeles to pursue his goal of writing  and producing chart – topping hits for all genres. He is also currently working on a screenplay (Methwest) and cartoon (The Venom Kids).

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Discography:
Cilantro – Eight is Enuf – 1998
Cilantro – Specialist – 1999
Cilantro – Oh Solemn StrumDrum – 2000
The Mike Sterling Band – 2000
Bell – debut EP – 2003
Kevin Lomet – EP – 2000
Dennis Magle – The Long Haul – 2000
Lojak – debut EP – 2002
The Otisturbine – EP – 2003
Apaulo 8 – assorted recordings – 2004
Half Pound Red – assorted demos – 2004
SuperCupid – Fu*& You album – 2004
Bobby’s Fever – assorted recordings – 2005
2 Tribal – assorted recordings – 2005
Rafael McMaster – assorted recordings 2005
Cape May – Debut album – 2005
Lars Endrigat – assorted recordings – 2006
Brian “Bstee” Steele – Debut Album -2006
Cape May – II – 2006
Brian “Bstee” Steele – Album 2 – 2007
Ryan Waller – assorted recordings – 2007
Bernie King – Assorted recordings 2007
The Calico Cartel – Red Album – 2007
Fernando Robles – EP –  2006
Hook – Debut EP – 2008
Clucks – Scandalous Shambles -2008
Zoe Wick – Lose the Moon – 2012
Panama Gold – The Gold EP – 2009
Panama Gold – Kill the Lights 2012
Clucks – Poor Scores – 2012
BREAKS – On our way, Together – 2016
Niki DeAngelis – Debut EP – 2017

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Studios/producers/labels collaborated with:
Golden Track Studios – San Diego, CA
Art Institute of Seattle – Seattle, WA
Sarathan Records – Seattle, WA
Measurement Arts Management – LA, CA
BLDGS – Seattle, WA
Scott Colburn/ Gravel sounds – Seattle, WA
Blackbox Studios – San Diego, CA
Jose Maldonado – San Diego, CA
Crybaby Studios/ Justin Wilmore – Seattle, WA
RFI Mastering – Seattle, WA
Danny Garibay – Los Angeles
London Bridge studios / Jonathan Plum – Seattle, WA
Jikkou Records – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mike Kamoo – independent producer – San Diego, CA
Matt Brown / Jeff Gossard – Gossard Studios
Jason Hill – Dept. of Recording and Power – LA