Since breaking through with self-released debut single Out Of My System, the multi-talented musi-cian has racked up over 100 million streams and played over 160 shows in 45 countries including sold-out tours across Europe and North America.
His phenomenal live show has travelled to over 50 festivals including SXSW, Latitude, Ultra Music Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and The Meadows Music & Arts Festival. Prior to his first release, Youngr had initially begun to make a name for himself with his unique and remarkable one-take live videos and dancefloor friendly bootlegs, with his take on ‘Sweet Disposition’ by Temper Trap going viral and racking up over 15 million views in the first two weeks. Having recently signed to Armada Music, Youngr has just released brand new single ‘Nightcrawling’ with his brand new album expected early 2020.
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’.
This band, Stony Browder JR, was named after the boys’ late uncle, who’d been the creative force behind their dad’s first band, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. It was a proud nod to their family heritage of flamboyant performance. “It was a nine-piece crazy band,” says Dario, “all percussion, jungle drums, wild music, but we couldn’t find a vocalist. I’d demoed the vocals on our recordings, so eventually, my brother said ‘why don’t you do it on stage, bro?’” A few rehearsals later, and a flamboyant star was born – with frilly shirts, dramatic hats, and 50 gigs in their first year, Dario was starting to realize his destiny.
He’d better be ready for even more success, mind. With his first official Youngr single now over 15 million plays on Spotify and counting, it looks like the constant upwards trajectory he’s been on since he first had to give up his sporting ambitions at 13 isn’t going to stop soon. But this product of the hyper-modern world – conquering the world on a wave of computer clicks, worshipped by kids as a “YouTuber” – is also a very traditional musician, inspired by his father and by a generation of proper pop stars, and with skills honed through years of practice and paying of dues. So there is no doubt at all that he’s got what it takes to build on what he’s achieved so far. He might have been working for years already, but his ambitions to make ‘global’ pop are undimmed: Youngr has only just begun.