Wrapping up our premiere week, we are pleased to team up with one of those familiar faces you may have seen around, yet have not come to totally enjoy – Darius Christian has return with the release of his new single “Bright Young Eyes.” The song blends the raw, funky sexyness of The Weeknd with the experimental power of Queen in a song that will get you in your feet dancing while screaming “Hallelujah”.
The track is self-produced by Darius Christian alongside Carey Clayton (BK Guitarist for the band Great Good Fine Ok) and comess off his upcoming EP project to be released this fall.
Baltimore raised and Brooklyn reborn, dynamic multidisciplinary artist Darius Christian is a new force of nature. With 10+ years of classical and modern jazz training, Darius has performed alongside icons, such as Macklemore, Rihanna, Solange, Adele and Kesha. Now a solo singer and powerful trombonist, Darius’ raw, emotion-filled aesthetic fusing jazz, soul, pop and hip hop will set a new generation of music fans alight.
In addition to the premiere, we get to sit with Darius to talk about the single and what’s in stores for the future!
Hi Darius, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Happy to be here! Thank you for having me. I’m feeling incredible. I’ve been on the road touring with Macklemore for the last 5 months. The shows have been astounding and I’m finally thrilled to be releasing my new music.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bright Young Eyes”?
Bright young eyes is my bizarre anthem for the young generation today. It’s dedicated to young people in need of experessing their own thoughts and identities in this very divided political landscape in US and the world.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was teaching in an after school music program in Harlem for talented and driven students. We explored the beautiful musical landscapes of Jazz, Cumbia, and Latin American musics.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I hope to release a follow up video for the single in a few months.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song was written about three years ago and had evolved slowly. My co-producer, Carey Clayton (Great Good Fine Ok), and I wanted to combine live music elements with polished Production to create a new rambunctious sounds. We pulled from my brass band and jazz roots and incorporated some Big Freddia Bounce elements and St Lucia Bliss.
How your studies in NYU has influence you as an artist?
My studies at NYU where integral to where I am today as an artist. I spent most of my Master’s Degree studying Jazz composition and arranging. These years opened my ears to incredible musical concepts and set me on my path as a performing and composing artist. Wielding both my voice and my trombone playing.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
I love the process of bouncing ideas off with another person. I feel like I have so many ideas swimming in my head at once . It’s nice to have someone else to keep me focused while allowing me to flow. Carey is a secret weapon. I absolutely love working with him.
How’s your new EP coming along?
The EP will be ready early this fall!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m currently eyeballing late Sept – early October
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at this point, I plan to live in the studio to get the second EP off the ground
What else is happening next in Darius Christian’s world?
Aside from releasing my music, the year is filling up with tours with Macklemore and another project I am a part of, Brass Against. We have a tour lined up this late fall as well!