Music Week Presents: Johny Dar

Music Week Presents

Artist, designer and musician Johny Dar has released his newest single ‘Gigi’ for which we are able to share the accompanying video. Already well-known in fashion and design circles, Dar has collaborated with a slew of artists including Jessie J, Florence Welch, Harry Styles, Sir Elton John, Carla Bruni, Bryan Adams, Julio Iglesias, Tom Waits, Dannii Minogue, Marianne Faithfull, Victoria Beckham, Melanie C and Sam Smith, on a host of creative projects. He has recently turned his attention to music, and delivering a new sonic language that has been dubbed ‘alien-rap’ - an original, organic vocal expression merged with modern electronic production that delivers an audio experience like no other.  

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Johny Dar moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to study fashion, launching his first fashion label in 1999, and has been producing timeless collections ever since. In 2002 he took a hiatus from his thriving career to travel, study different cultures and traditions, and break away from the known. This developed his unique artistic style, which he sees as the fruit of his exploration and culmination of his experience, and which forms the heart of his work in every medium he engages. His passion for originality is evident in every aspect of his work, from paintings to light installations, prints, couture, illustration, sportswear and music. Johny Dar shies away from citing influences, preferring to keep his ears and mind free in order to create entirely original artistic expressions, therefore does not generally seek inspiration from other artists. However,his upcoming album Dardelica has been described as having similarities to Daft Punk, Moby, Chemical Brothers, Infected Mushroom and KLM.

Directed by Shae Carroll, the official music video for Johny Dar’s intoxicating single ‘Gigi’ is an aesthetically alluring display; rich in hue, striking cinematography and diverse creativity. Bus-rides turn to dance-induced strobes of delight set amidst geometric digital animation clips, or hallucinations. The dancing becomes a contagious, inescapable trance among pedestrians and city folk alike - until there is nothing but fully-flared movement.

Speaking of his newest venture, Gigi, Dar says: ‘I have been hearing this track in the back of my head for twenty years - it’s finally here!  This is the track to start the new generation of music…’

Dar will be bringing the Dardelica Live Show to Notting Hill Arts Club, London on the 19th July. For a chance to win VIP tickets follow Johny Dar and stay tuned. 

Artist:  Johny Dar

Genre: Alien-rap

Single name: “Gigi” Single & Video

Release date: 30th March

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