Daren Sirbough New Single ‘Casualty’: In Conversation

Daren Sirbough’s ‘Casualty’ vividly articulates the indelible impression ‘first experiences’ leave on us.

Based in Sydney, known for his poignant soulful experimental sounds and visuals, Daren Sirbough tends to describe himself as a bit of a “spiritual nomad”.

Since his early teenage years, Sirbough has travelled, toured and written music about his life experiences ranging from love, religion and war.

With a sound reminiscent of the atmospheric, raw orchestral arrangements of Moses Sumney or James Blake, Sirbough is one to watch.

His latest single, ‘Casualty’ is a full-circle tale of first love, lost love and heartbreak.

We sat down with Daren to talk about all the went into this enriching track.

What’s your earliest memory with music?

 My mother says that as a toddler, I always knew what commercials would be playing on the television before the singing had even begun just by hearing the first second of the jingles. You could say that music has always had a huge impact on me even before I knew my own name.

Why is music important to you?

Music has a way of making me feel certain things more deeply than I can even begin to comprehend. There have been moments when I was growing up that I would just burst into tears after hearing a symphonic passage or the way in which a lyric was delivered. I’m not sure why I feel the music in this way but I’m certainly glad that I do. Music enriches my life in so many ways that words cannot explain.

Can you tell me a bit about what ‘Casualty’ is actually about?

‘Casualty’ is about my first love and the eventual breakup. It is a tale of love, lost love and how it affected me.

What inspired you to create ‘Casualty’?

I wanted to express a poignant time in my life and to capture the essence of how that felt. That specific experience has stuck with me even if the memory and feelings have faded over time. Those ‘firsts’ often times leave an indelible memory that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

If any, what were some of the struggles you faced creating the new single?

There have been many struggles when creating this new single. Perfectionism is I would say the biggest struggle that I face. It is the fact that there is always something else that I want to add and ‘improve’.

Perfectionism can get in the way of creativity. It’s a bit of a balancing act. You want to do the best that you can but you also need to know when to let things go.

Describe the creative process for the song?

The main ideas came to me on the bus on the way to work one morning. I had actually decided that day not to interact with my phone so I could let my mind be free from online distractions.

After that, it was a matter of working on the arrangement and lyrics at home over the next few weeks. I did most of this at home and then took it to a studio to be mixed. It’s great what you can do at home with technology these days.

How important is it to combine visuals to your music?

 It is definitely important. Audio and Visual are only two of our senses. If it were possible, I would include smell, taste and touch to a song. Experiences are multidimensional and so I think it is important to consider that when creating anything.

Go get your cop of Daren Sirbough’s ‘Casualty’ HERE.

Stay tuned HERE for the ‘Casualty’ video clip premiering on Saturday morning at 9AM AEST.


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