Darren Hart, better known as Harts, is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer from Melbourne. Often labelled as ‘A one man music making machine’, he writes everything, plays all the instruments, records and produces all his music singlehandedly in his bedroom studio.
Spending the past few years developing his sound, Harts has become known for his Jimi Hendrix-like guitar playing and unique blend of Funk, Pop, Rock and Soul music, which has earned him praise worldwide. Most notably from iconic music legend Prince, who flew Harts out to his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, USA to meet and play with him in 2014 saying, “He reminds me of how I was at that age”.
After returning, Harts independently released his 10 track debut album ‘Daydreamer’ in September 2014. The album quickly gained positive coverage in many music publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, NME, The Guardian, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue Magazine and many more. The lead single from the album, ‘Red & Blue’ was an alternative radio hit in Australia, landing a spot on triple j’s Hit List and many independent and alternative radio playlists around the country.
Following the success of the album, Harts’ two latest singles ‘When A Man’s A Fool’ and ‘Breakthrough’ were both Alternative Radio hits in Australia, making it to their week’s #1 most played tracks on triple j & Alternative Radio. The two singles feature on a new EP, released in June 2015, which was followed by a 20 date Australian and New Zealand tour where accompanied only by a drummer, Harts recreated the songs live – juggling between shredding guitar, laying down keyboard, bass and vocals with a loop machine and sequencer.
The new EP, quite appropriately titled ‘Breakthrough’, was released on June 5 2015.