Damian Kulash ‘94 went from being a passionate, art-loving student in high school and college to becoming a lead singer and influential creator in his band OK Go. Kulash is married to Kristen Gore, National Cathedral School class of ‘95. At St. Albans, Kulash met two of the three other members of OK Go, but it was not until after he received the Weston Prize from Brown University his senior year that he joined his band. Collaborating with others is a key component in Kulash’s lifestyle, not only in forming a group with his fellow St. Albans alumni, but also in his work with companies on licensing deals to spread OK Go’s music and visuals on a large scale. Kulash’s dreams are expressed in creative music videos, which have earned a plethora of awards, including a Grammy, and a separate Wikipedia page has been dedicated to the band’s merits with the list being so long. Kulash appreciates what he has been given with a humble attitude towards success, and in 2010, he told Gargoyle Magazine “I could not be more thankful that we get to do what we want to do with our life and that people are willing to support us playing music.” While Kulash is active in writing and creating many elements behind his band’s music, he also spends time on other projects, having written multiple New York Times op-eds and directing some of his own music videos. Kulash thinks deeply about what he wants to do in the world and how he hopes to contribute. In an interview with PBS, he revealed that though record sales for his band were not a very reliable source of income, smaller streams of revenue helped him and his bandmates pay their rent. He views forming a rock band as a big risk, but knows he can be creative in his efforts to change an industry and express ideas in different ways.
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