DARREN SMITH is a SOMAD Artist based in Orange, NSW.
Regularly appearing at events and festivals around the region, Darren is a prolific and humble musician influenced by the sound and style of John Mayer, U2, and Keith Urban.
This concept of co-writing or collaborating isn’t a new one, but it is interesting to note how crucial it is to Darren’s songwriting process, especially as a solo artist.
He expands further:
The fruit of this approach can be heard on Dive into You, a five-song EP released last year.
Darren’s influences can definitely be heard. Amongst the tracks are whispers of the guitar work of Mayer and Urban, the lyrics and themes of Bono, yet all consistent in their ‘dazification’. Upside Down is a slowly building track which acts as an overture, introducing us to Daz’s style and hinting at what is to come. Dive Into You - the title track - is vulnerable, emotional and reflective. It doesn’t try to be bigger than it is, finding a rawness and an honesty in simplicity – there is nothing to hide behind here. City Lights is bright and atmospheric, and a brilliant counterpoint to the melancholy-sounding He Is Home before it.