YOUNGr

Music is literally in Dario’s blood: his dad is August Darnell aka the mighty Kid Creole. Though his parents split up when he was three, and Dario and his brother were raised by their mother in Manchester, their dad was a big presence in their life, taking them on tour in the summer holidays.

Once music fully took over his life at 13, Dario was 100% focused on it – writing and practicing every day, and eventually getting into the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He kept playing in various bands with his brother, who would swiftly move to Liverpool too to keep up their collaborations and generally get involved in the scene. It might be hard to believe to anyone who’s met Dario or seen him perform, but he was the shyer of the two – he recalls his dad bringing them both on stage as kids: Lorne danced with abandon, but Dario stood at the back and cried – so Lorne was always the singer, with Dario at the back on the drum stool.

As the online remixes – still filmed in one take with a phone gaffer taped to the wall as the camera – kept amassing views, Dario finally decided that it needed total focus. By this time he’d moved to London and he started using the name Youngr. After continued success with reworkings of songs by Pharrell, MNEK and Daft Punk, he nervously decided it was time to try doing the same with his own songs. Gloriously, the popularity of the videos kept going up, and the responses from fans on the comments just got more complimentary.

Buoyed by this, he put out his first Youngr single proper ‘Out of my System’ in the summer of 2016 – but he didn’t give up on the cover versions, though, and released his rework of Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition alongside it. These two together very quickly made waves way beyond the substantial YouTube following he’d already built. His version of Sweet Disposition racked up no less than 15 million plays online in just a few weeks, and Radio 1 and Spotify both jumped on board with enthusiastic support for ‘Out of my System’.

SUMif is a San Francisco-based electro-pop outfit spearheaded by Steph Wells. Inspired by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Jack Garratt, and Tove Lo, the project released ten singles from 2016 to 2017 – including the #1 Hype Machine hit “Lay Down” – and has since opened for VÉRITÉ, Ella Vos, RKCB, Lauv, Little Boots, and KUČKA. Joined onstage by synth/guitarist Rahi Kumar, SUMif is what The Bay Bridged calls "an enormous roar" and “one of [2016's] best female vocalists" according to Indie Shuffle.

plus DJ Aaron Axelsen (popscene/ALT105.3)

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