Broklyn-based emo artist Darro is the embodiment of the phrase “beating the odds.” In 2017, at just 24 years old, he developed a brain tumor that necessitated surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Just months after his emergence into the music scene with his EP Nostalgia, Darro found himself having to relearn not just how to sing, but to speak in general.
“This song takes you into my point of view the very night I was diagnosed with my brain tumor,” says Darro. “Surrounded by doctors that couldn’t tell me exactly what they found, I was hit with the very real possibility that my life might be over. This song embodies the anxiety and fear of death but in a retrospective and slightly tongue-in-cheek way.”
Miraculously, the musician began writing again in early 2018. His next single, “You’re Not Insane,” dropped in the summer of 2019 and garnered considerable attention. The following year, Darro released his debut full-length album, Songs of Recovery, which chronicles the challenges the artist faced in light of his affliction.
Now, Darro is releasing “Signing Out.” Produced by Kris Crummett (Dance Gavin Dance, nothing.nowhere, Knuckle Puck, Sleeping With Sirens) and Michael Beinhorn (Weezer, Mew, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the deeply personal single recounts the fateful day of his diagnosis. The new single is just one of many new tracks planned for Darro in 2021, and with his new music, he seeks to modernize his sound even further, employing hip-hop and electronic elements to create danceable tracks that are still ripe with his signature emotionality.
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