Darren Hart, better known as Harts, is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer from Melbourne.
Darren Hart, better known as Harts, is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer from Melbourne. Contributed

The indie muso at the ‘Harts’ of music festivals

ON Saturday, July 23, Melbourne indie musician Darren Hart, also known as Harts, will be scoring a perfect music festival trifecta this year: he will be featured at Falls, Bluesfest and Splendour in the Grass 2016.

Yes, it is true that Harts did not perform at Falls Byron Bay, but he was featured in the Victorian version of the festival near Lorne on December 31.

This guy has been busy.

He was at The Northern in Byron Bay last June also, playing some of his new music.

Harts said he has been producing a lot of new music which allows him to play a high number of shows.

Peculiar is his latest single, a song that follows his tradition of funky rock, with traces of blues, soul and pop.

His new album is out in August, just in time for a full Splendour gig.

So what is the main feature of the new album? A whole lot more guitar, according to the musician, if that was even possible, he laughs.

"There is a lot more guitar, and that's kind of funny because there has always been a lot of guitar but now I've really honed in on using the guitar and electronic to meet the guitar, plus bass and even horns," he said. "I have done a lot of experimentation on using the guitar as the main instrument rather than switching too much between the keyboard and the back up stuff.

"It's a big learning curve for me on stage because I've been having to invent ways to get the sound happening live. As I record the songs, I play the drums, the bass, the keyboards, but when I play the songs live I have to make it all happen at the same time ... it was always a challenge."

Harts has always been a solo project, and giving his sound a bigger range of instruments was always going to be a difficult task, particularly on stage.

"When I started playing I always put a band around me and then everyone would see it as a band, to fill it out more, and I still love bands but that can be confusing for people," he said.

"If I handle it all myself it's clear that Harts is a solo project."

Listen to Peculiar here:


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