darragh Releases Debut Single Capturing Introspective Anxiety, “did it to myself”
For darragh, music is all about honesty and reflection. Throwing himself into vulnerability, he has honed his ability to seemingly effortlessly narrate the complicated emotional inner workings of most people’s lives, using his own experiences to tackle topics such as social anxiety, self-awareness, and toxic idolization. For his debut single, titled “did it to myself,” darragh candidly reflects on being overwhelmed with anxious self-awareness and wanting to move away to become someone else. This debut is a seismic gut-punch, showing real intention and confidence ahead of his debut EP.
Influenced by his mother’s Irish background, darragh illustrates his ability to express complex emotions with poetic dexterity. His father’s musical obsession and jazz background inspired darragh to pick up multiple different instruments from a young age, including drums, guitar, bass, and piano. Also a talented and versatile producer, darragh creates dark alt-pop soundscapes with a gritty electronic edge, all underpinning a unique, emotional but confident vocal performance.
“did it to myself” was written and produced by darragh himself, mixed by Tony Burrata (Niall Horan, Tom Grennan, Edie Bens), and mastered by Cicely Balston (David Bowie, Jake Bugg, Biig Piig). With his unfiltered honesty, he achieves inspiring emotional relatability within his listeners. Expressing exactly what it feels like to be lost in cynical overthinking, led by the need to reinvent and resolve what, he feels, is a damaged reputation he has built for himself, darragh retains a sense of intimacy through the track’s close-to-the-bone candor. He litters the soundscape with hard-hitting 808 bass, floating synths, and textured R&B-inspired drumbeats. With the intricacy of his production, darragh still manages to keep plentiful focus on his vocal abilities, which robustly shine through in an introspective and relatable manner.
If you, like darragh, are prone to over-anxious thinking, then “did it to myself” will speak to you.