Pop singer DARIO just released his 7th album, “Revolution (Deluxe)”.
The first single “Backlash” broke the Top 40 snatching the #28 slot on the National Independent Digital Radio Chart in its first week! His second single “Save You” made the Billboard Top 40 dance chart on July 2.
Dario’s schedule won’t be slowing down any time soon. He’s now in the process of solidifying tour dates for 2015 with a first stop July 25 in Deming, NM to headline Pride; and has snatched his first endorsement deal with a the smart watch company “Wow Wearables.”
Revolution comes off the back of the hugely successful Evolution album last year and features new songs including a Spanglish version of the hit “Save You”.
Dario has been doing things the old fashioned way.
The Pop singer got his start at a Search for Stardom convention, and was invited to audition for a handful of independent record labels.
He tried out for “American Idol” where he progressed far enough to pick up a few fans.
Since then, he’s toured with Beyonce in her Destiny’s Child days, opened for Ashanti, and sold nearly a million albums.
In the 10 years he’s been in the business, he’s recorded 7 albums, had two headlining tours and a single, “Fallback,” get some major radio play.
Dario’s last album “Evolution” hit the top 100, then the top 50, and broke through the Top 10, hitting number four.
He went on a seven-month-long 62 tour dates nationwide – with about 80 percent of “Evolution” tour stops being Pride events.
The LA based pop singer nearly double attendance at Lexington 2014 Pride Event and repeated the phenomenon at the close of the tour in Sarasota, FL.
His Evolution tour was building off of the success of Dario: Undiscovered and the series’ 2.5 million viewers.
The singer filmed his trials of the music business for the reality show “Dario Undiscovered,” which broadcast online its inaugural season.
The show was originally slotted to go to a television network for season two, but Dario declined so he could focus on “Evolution.”
Take a look at our interview!
First Lady Truth: Pop singer DARIO; thank you for taking the time out to speak to myself and the LezFemmeMentality.com family. It is truly a pleasure to have you and I hope that you are ready to have some fun.
Dario: Thank you so much for having me, Let the fun begin!
First Lady Truth: Album # 7: congratulations on this great accomplishment; tell us about your journey in this aggressive and unpredictable industry.
Dario: Unpredictable is right! I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get a second album out, and now here we are at No. 7. To say that it has been a crazy roller coaster ride is putting it mildly. I’ve had some of the best experiences in my life writing and recording each project, but this one is extra special because it’s a deluxe version of my last album “Evolution,” and independent artists don’t often get deluxe albums. So I’m very happy the fans love it!
First Lady Truth: “Backlash” broke the Top 40 snatching the #28 slot on the National Independent Digital Radio Chart in its first week. What was your motivation for this song? What comes to mind when you hear it?
Dario: My motivation for this song in particular (as well as the whole record) came from critics saying I got lucky with my success and that I was going to be a flash in the pan. Instead of over-analyzing the negative comments and allowing what people say about my career affect me, I decided to use it as a reminder to myself that I can overcome adversity and pessimism … so I say bring it on!
First Lady Truth: What is the message behind “Save You”?
Dario: Sometimes we take everything so seriously, and we get too caught up in the little things. I wanted to write a song about allowing yourself to just forget everything for a moment and surrender to the music—letting it rescue you from everything that negatively affects you. Fans have really responded to it, too! Last month it made the Billboard Top 40 dance chart—I was surprised and very proud!
First Lady Truth: What has been the most discouraging moment in your musical career? How did that help shape the way that you handle business and your music?
Dario: It’s not so much that there was one defining moment. Like you said earlier, this is an aggressive and unpredictable industry, and so it’s very easy to become discouraged in general. I’ve learned that perseverance is so important—you have to work hard every day to create something that you can be proud of, without worrying about catering to everybody else. If you work hard and stay true to yourself, people will listen.
First Lady Truth: Tell us about your social life; do you find it difficult to obtain and maintain genuine relationships / friendships in this industry? Do you believe that it is difficult to keep your personal life private?
Dario: Honestly I don’t have a very active social life. Between putting albums out, touring, photo shoots and interviews, not to mention the responsibilities of day-to-day life, I don’t have much spare time. I’m definitely lucky, though, because I’ve been close with all of my friends since way before my success. As far as whether it’s difficult, I think that it depends on how you handle things. When I’m home there are no cameras or spectators and I have a pretty normal life, which I love because it keeps me grounded.
First Lady Truth: There are talks about a tour. Do you enjoy touring or could you go without?
Dario: I love touring! I’m actually on tour right now—we just finished the first leg of the Revolution Tour here in the U.S. We have two weeks off, then we head over to China for three months. I’ve been in this business for 12 years, I’ve toured the country nine times and this is my first world tour—I’m getting the opportunity to travel to four countries for the Revolution Tour and I couldn’t be more excited!
First Lady Truth: What are your views on the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality and the different states refusing to comply?
Dario: Of course I’m happy with the ruling! It’s sad that some people choose not to move forward, though. I love the fact that as a country we are trying to progress, even though sometimes it feels like every time we take two steps forward someone finds a way take one step right back. Hopefully soon we can just be done with all this prejudice and have the freedom to live our lives and create our own happiness.
First Lady Truth: Do you think that we will ever truly be in a world that believes in acceptance?
Dario: Absolutely! But making any change in the world begins at home.
First Lady Truth: Where can our readers find you?
Dario: My official website is www.darioonline.com, which has links to all of my social media as well. Follow me and let me know what you think!
First Lady Truth: What message do you have for your fans?
Dario: It may sound cliche, but don’t ever give up—not on your dreams, not on anything that’s important to you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or be something if it’s what you want in your heart. If you believe in yourself you can do anything!