David Darrko


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Suffer Suburbia

Release Date: Jun 1, 2018
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David Darrko’s journey to finding his voice reads like any good dramatic script. His buttery sweet brand of pop has been percolating since he first learned piano from a stripper his father knew. “She had incredibly long fingernails and wouldn’t let me play 'November Rain' or Def Leppard songs. Probably because she danced to them the night before and was sick of hearing it,’” he recalls. Uninspired, Darrko eventually set aside music, and in his 20s, he delved into fashion designing under the guise Lost Tribe, moving from his home in Chicago to become immersed in the Hollywood scene. His chiseled good looks and charismatic presence soon led to appearances in “Batman: The Dark Knight” and TV shows such as “Shameless,” “The Newsroom,” and every bad CW pilot in the mid aughts. Around the same time, Darrko got his first YouTube account and found a new following of fans craving his evocative covers of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” The Cure’s “Lovesong,” and “Red Light Special” by TLC. His account was eventually shut down, but inspired by his wise 80-year-old roommate, Darrko decided to finally commit to his passion. He bought an SUV, converted it into a living space and Jewel’ed it up on the road for a year and a half workshopping songs across the country at open mic nights in LA, Nashville, Vegas, Denver and Santa Fe. His sojourn led him back to Chicago where Darrko answered a Craiglist ad for a local band looking for another vocalist. He was the first one to try out for the spot in Kinky Love, and bassist/producer Dan Zima knew immediately Darrko was the right fit with his mix of Babyface’s rhythm and Rhye’s sensuality that interplayed well with their pop style. Though Darrko is still a part of Kinky Love—their latest song, “Our Time (Mind Reader)” premiering on Wonderland Magazine in 2017—Zima pushed Darrko to complete a series of solo material with the two working closely together on the four-song EP, Suffer Suburbia, coming soon in 2018.
David Darrko’s journey to finding his voice reads like any good dramatic script. His buttery sweet brand of pop has been percolating since he first learned piano from a stripper his father knew. “She had incredibly long fingernails and wouldn’t let me play ‘November Rain’ or Def Leppard songs. Probably because she danced to them the night before and was sick of hearing it,’” he recalls. Uninspired, Darrko eventually set aside music, and in his 20s, he delved into fashion designing under the guise Lost Tribe, moving from his home in Chicago to become immersed in the Hollywood scene.

His chiseled good looks and charismatic presence soon led to appearances in “Batman: The Dark Knight” and TV shows such as “Shameless,” “The Newsroom,” and every bad CW pilot in the mid aughts. Around the same time, Darrko got his first YouTube account and found a new following of fans craving his evocative covers of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” The Cure’s “Lovesong,” and “Red Light Special” by TLC. His account was eventually shut down, but inspired by his wise 80-year-old roommate, Darrko decided to finally commit to his passion. He bought an SUV, converted it into a living space and Jewel’ed it up on the road for a year and a half workshopping songs across the country at open mic nights in LA, Nashville, Vegas, Denver and Santa Fe.

His sojourn led him back to Chicago where Darrko answered a Craiglist ad for a local band looking for another vocalist. He was the first one to try out for the spot in Kinky Love, and bassist/producer Dan Zima knew immediately Darrko was the right fit with his mix of Babyface’s rhythm and Rhye’s sensuality that interplayed well with their pop style.

Though Darrko is still a part of Kinky Love—their latest song, “Our Time (Mind Reader)” premiering on Wonderland Magazine in 2017—Zima pushed Darrko to complete a series of solo material with the two working closely together on the four-song EP, Suffer Suburbia, coming soon in 2018.

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