Ahead of his triumphant Australian return, a headline performance at the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, award-winning songwriter and performer Darren Hayes shares a brand new single in ‘Do You Remember?’ from his long-awaited new solo record - his first in a decade!
A reminder of love and lust found under neon spotlights, to soundtracks of pulsating drum machines and synthwaves, ‘Do You Remember?’ drops at the most perfect of times: as Australia’s LGBTQIA+ community comes together to celebrate unity and strength, and as Darren’s fanbase prepares to see the iconic performer return to a stage near them in the near future, with national tour dates announced for summer 2023.
‘Do You Remember?’, following on from the strikingly personal single ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’, is a song that has been tailor-made for the club; a burner of a tune that is ready for bodies to get sweaty and lose their inhibitions through.
‘Do You Remember?’ is accompanied by a colourful retro-inspired lyric video which was shot by Darren’s husband Richard Cullen.
Written and recorded in Darren’s home base of Los Angeles, ‘Do You Remember?’ is another strong example of his re-energised talents as a solo songwriter, arranger and producer. From the top-down, each element of the track was conceptualised and executed by Darren himself, with mixing and mastering completed by Trevor Yasuda (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey) and Mike Bozzi (Childish Gambino, Janet Jackson) respectively.
The song itself is a gleeful deep dive into Darren’s love for records by the likes of George Michael and Prince, while in the rhythms and synth progressions, fans of artists like Vulfpeck and Jungle will find common ground. Lyrically, ‘Do You Remember’ is a retelling of Darren’s first gay kiss, an event Savage Garden fans will remember he detailed on the band’s 1999 tune ‘Chained To You’.
Here, Darren presents a retelling of what was such a transformative event, now through an out and proud perspective. The song itself is an addictive listen; the confidence in Darren’s vocals adding to its overall insatiability.
"From a production point of view this is what I have always wanted to do but never had the skills until now. It reminds me of what I loved about songs from George Michael’s ‘Faith’ and some of my favourite Prince records from the late 80’s. It’s all about the groove.
I spent ages trying to tune a Linn drum machine to sound like those snare drums. In doing so I went down this amazing rabbit hole of vintage synth sounds - understanding what it is I loved about 80’s tech like the Synclavier and the Fairlight. I let my voice wander and stretch - and I had so much fun with trippy keyboards and big fat square bass patches.”
Listen to ‘Do You Remember?’ - BELOW:
The release of ‘Do You Remember?’ coincides with the announcement of Darren’s Australian tour dates, scheduled for February 2023.
With his performance at last week’s Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras set to introduce this Darren Hayes 2.0 to longtime fans and newcomers alike, the national run next year will be a full love in, celebrating his acclaimed career with Savage Garden, as well as his well-established solo career that has stretched over ten years.
"You never know how much you love something until it’s taken away from you,” Darren Hayes said. “After almost a decade out of the spotlight and all this time in lockdown I found myself really missing the electric feeling that only a live audience can bring. After 25 years in the music industry, I feel like we've grown up together. To sing these songs again after all we’ve been through is going to feel like a family reunion. I’m beyond excited to return."
DARREN HAYES AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Tickets available through www.darrenhayes.com
Tuesday, January 31st 2023 RAC Arena Perth
Monday, February 4th 2023 Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne
Wednesday, February 7th 2023 Aware Super Theatre Sydney
Thursday, February 8th 2023 Entertainment Centre Newcastle
Saturday, February 11th 2023 Entertainment Centre Brisbane
Sunday, February 12th 2023 Convention & Exhibition Centre Gold Coast
‘Do You Remember?’ is released via Powdered Sugar Productions on March 10 2022
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