ARTICLE FROM SWEDEN - Borås Newspaper --- AUGUST 26th 2004
DARREN HAYES WITH A NEW VIEW ON SUCCESS
By Pontus Hammarlund
Thanks to keri and thanks to Asa and Lena for translating from Swedish
With the duo Savage Garden Darren sold 20 million records. But the success had a flipside and the star felt like a misunderstood product of the music industry. His second solo album The Tension and the Spark is the Australian's reaction about the past.
- I was so bored with pop music and myselff - didn't want to listen to Darren Hayes any more. I am 32 years old and my heroes, people like Björk, Madonna and David Bowie, have let themselves to develop. I too wanted to do that, says Darren Hayes when he talks about his new album.
The repeated word is misunderstood and he means that his second album was born out of that frustration that hit him after the solo debut tour.
- A lot is my own fault. I had since the ttime with Savage Garden placed myself in a musical folder - both sound - and look wise.
Darren Hayes and his Savage Garden was one of the worlds most successful popbands between 1997-2001. Songs like Truly Madly Deeply and I Knew I Loved You placed the duo on top of charts around the world and the band's two albums sold incredible ten million copies each. The popduo split in 2001 when the other half, Daniel Jones, didn't want to continue. Darren Hayes went on on his own and released the solo album Spin 2002. He sold "just" two million copies of the debut - did he consider it a failure?
- Sure I did. But this time is different. I don't expect to sell ten million albums. My view of what is success have changed. My goal is that the record will sell a bit more then the previous.
On The Tension And The Spark Darren Hayes has worked with star producers like Mark "Spike" Stent who previously have worked with Madonna and Björk. And although the sound differs alot from previous Hayes productions there is still a lot of the mainstream feeling the artist wants to let go of. Darren Hayes is sitting at a trendy hotel in Stockholm and talks open heartedly about how he sold himself to the music industry
. Good enough
- I thought that if I became famous everytthing that was wrong, everything that was broken would be fixed.
The artist tells that he grew up in a famil y with alcohol problems. This is something he never wanted to talk about during the Savage Garden years.
- My songs, even in Savage Garden, was oftten very melancholic and nobody understood where they came from. I have decided to talk about this publicly now. But we survived it. I'm proud of my family and view my dad as a hero who stopped drinking. In some way we have managed to stick together - but my childhood was a nightmare.
The former mega star is not quite as bright on the fame sky anymore, but he is aware of that and seem content during our meeting. He means he has sold enough records, earned enough money and now also made the record he always wanted to make.
The Australian has lived in San Francisco the last five years but now lives in London. Recently he also bought an apartment in New York - but he regrets that and thinks he will settle in San Francisco again. Savage Garden second half, Daniel Jones, stayed in Australia but they still keep contact.
Do you never miss the possibility to share your success with someone like you did in Savage Garden?
- No, but I miss the success - private jetts, sold out venues and such. But regarding the work I'm mostly glad I don't have to compromise.
Darren Hayes stumbles a bit in his attitude to success - does this mean that there could be a reunion in the future?
- I have a hard time believing that. I cann't write that type of songs anymore, he says.