An Interview With Dar.Ra
A single release from Dar.Ra brings out a refreshing and synth Laden soiree that comes through with hints of funk and retro pop that all come together in combination to create an atmosphere that's incredibly danceable and quickly addictive.
"Cure For Jealousy" has a great deep swing to it and that four-on-the-floor beat along with string since that build-up in the background give off an almost disco undertone which is nearly impossible not to start shaking your ass too.
This track makes you want to get right on that dance floor and start moving right from the get-go.
You got this massive and colorful array of instrumentation from organs and keys to guitars and live drums along with a bass line that drives the song.
The vocals are delivered with tons of heart and soul along with his own personal swagger that creates a great character for you to get attached to.
This track is endlessly fun and feels like a summer single that should be on the airwaves already.
This truck has plenty of drive but walks that line as it balances genres and is able to combine several to make something that's refreshing.
There's something about this track that also feeds off of classic rock influence and that peeks through here and there and shows that there's more to the song than when you first hear it.
The release bears great energy which also makes you feel like it was recorded live on the floor because of the way the players are feeding off of each other during the recording.
This of course just drives that danceable groove even further and all in all the song is it really good time.
This was a really great way to put a new twist on some classic feels and it's done with great attention to detail but never loses that Soul which is most important.
This is also one of those singles that stick with you as melodies bounce around your head for hours after the song has ended and the only way to satiate that, is to listen to the song again which is damn good songwriting in my opinion.
With the release of such a well-woven single, we wanted to have a sit-down with Dar.Ra to find out where this track actually came from and what might be coming up next.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Cure For Jealousy"! This track had such a drive and classic disco beat with a bright and slightly edgy soundscape! How did this single come about?
We live in edgy times and music should reflect some level of realty with that time frame.
Just as art does if you look at Delacroix portrait in the Louvre, Paris it's a huge portrayal of Napoleons retreat from Moscow, it's a time capsule for future generations to learn from.
Art should not be dumbed down to suit a narrative or play to the gallery of conformity, it's unfortunate that most music today asks no questions and falls in with cliché of well-trodden bread and circus themes.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist?
I was called one dark and stormy night to the top of a mountain where I howled at the moon and heard the Voice of God say ‘scream your passion’ and use your talent I gave you. After that I joined a Reggae band called Bass Culture and went on tour.
I then got signed to EMI and has a few hits which helped keep a roof over head while I perfected my art.
Buzz Slayers: When did you fall in love with music?
From the moment I heard my dad play John Coltrane, and my mum play 12 bar boogie on the piano. I was also lucky to grow up in the 90s where we had the best of the organic and digital worlds and love was in the air.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
A.I like anything that has a level of inception, multi layered drop through worlds where infinity is waiting to greet you.
Buzz Slayers: This single has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
I am really pleased that you're feeling the Music,
I go from Wagner to Lennon from Debussy to James Brown and from Satie to Bob Dylan
Buzz Slayers: What are you performing on this record exactly?
Everything but the drums, I had a session cat come in and drop the live element which makes it a Dar.Ra recording. I do not use samples everything is done live.
If you can't play it on a piano or guitar then it's not worth me working on. I will leave the bleeps and AI music to the gallery producers.
Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I listen to frequencies that lift me into other dimensions.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
I am planning to do some shows with some Ukrainian refugees that have become family to me.
Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?
I do both. When I have budgets, I love to book into big studios and enjoy the ride. Nothing like cranking those bass bins.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
Ambient Soul Journey, more melodic less groove, experimenting in the laboratory as we speak on new doses of multi levelled sonic wonders.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Support real art that was made with love. Listen to your intuition and follow your bliss.