Darren Criss Fan Community

This is a fan forum to discuss Darren Criss\'s career and his public activities, including his theater, film, and TV projects, his music and musical performances, charitable work, interaction with fans, and interviews.


You are not connected. Please login or register

Darren Criss Fan Community » Advanced Search

Search found 4 matches for 4

From acsversace-news:


Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p31a2fvyNa1wcyxsbo1_540
Source






Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p31a1eRD771wcyxsbo1_540
Source








Some ratings info:
Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p30t1xxRYk1wpi2k2o1_1280







This sounds great!
The Futon Critic wrote:
[01/23/18 - 09:32 AM]

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" Premieres to 5.5 Million Total Viewers


FX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 17.

[via press release from FX]

Ratings Advisory

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" Premieres to 5.5 Million Total Viewers

Among The Highest-Rated Cable Series Premieres Of The Past Two Years

FX's Most-Watched Drama / Limited Series Premiere Since Legion

LOS ANGELES, January 23, 2018 -The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premiered to 5.5 million Total Viewers, making it one of cable's highest-rated series premieres of the past two years. The premiere night ratings will only increase as video-on-demand ratings become available later this week, adding to the 5.5 million Total Viewers who watched the premiere telecast and three encores in Live+3 and on digital platforms.

On a Live+3 basis, the premiere telecast (Wednesday, January 17, 10PM-11:14PM) alone totaled 3.6 million Total Viewers, ranking it #3 among the 71 cable series premieres since January 2017, and #8 among the 158 cable series that have premiered since 2016.

Among Adults 18-49 in Live+3, the premiere totaled 1.5 million viewers, making it the #4 ranked cable series premiere since January 2017, as well as #2 in Adults 18-34 and #4 in Adults 25-54. The premiere ranks #7 among all cable series premieres since 2016 in Adults 18-49.

For the night, the premiere ranked #1 in basic cable in Live+3 in Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (1.5 million) is FX's most-watched drama/limited series premiere since Legion (1.8 million) among Adults 18-49 in Live+3.


Source:  http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2018/01/23/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-premieres-to-55-million-total-viewers-208215/20180123fx01/







From dcriss-archive:



ACSFX: Don’t miss FX’s critically-acclaimed series. An all-new episode of #ACSVersace arrives TOMORROW at 10p on FX.

via dcriss-archive









ACSFX: Skilled liar. Dangerous personality. #ACSVersace

via dcriss-archive









Darren Criss On the ‘Mind Blowing’ Story Of Gianni Versace’s Murderer | Source








-
Homework EP Release Party/Concert at the Globe Theatre (December 15, 2017, Los Angeles).  


From dcriss-archive:


Broadway World wrote:
VIDEO: Watch Darren Criss's Solo EP Release Concert

Dec. 22, 2017

Emmy-nominated artist and actor Darren Criss has released his solo indie EP entitled ‘Homework.’ This is his first solo project in over seven years. He performed a release day show in Los Angeles and fans are lucky enough to have access of the show’s livestream. Watch the whole concert below!

Criss is perhaps best known for his role on GLEE and his starring roles on Broadway in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.

Here’s what he shared with fans: “It’s a new EP called “Homework.” I liked the name for a couple of reasons. For starters, I made it mostly at home. Whether writing or recording it at my own place or at friends’, it’s about as homegrown as you can get. It was produced mostly with real live instruments, getting back to what really started my life as a songwriter in the first place- guitars & pianos and words & music. The main idea behind this was to embrace me just being me as much as possible in the hopes of it reaching you in some kind of positive way. Secondly, homework always took me way too long to do. It’s true what they say- an artist’s work is never done. It never feels “done” until it’s out there for someone else to experience. And so here I am, “finishing” it by releasing it into the world, and encouraging it to live its own life with you. You who have waited very patiently and supported me tirelessly through the years- my family & friends from school growing up in San Francisco, my friends from college in Ann Arbor, the fans that kicked off my career and the new ones that are interested into diving a little deeper into my backstory. This one’s for you. So here, I did some homework.“

You can also watch the video we shot at Darren’s home for track #4, “I Don’t Mind" here.

Below is the track listing:

1. Foolish Thing

2. I Dreamed A Dream

3. Going Nowhere

4. I Don’t Mind

5. The Day That The Dance Is Over

In addition to his music endeavors, Darren will be starring as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the second installment of Ryan Murphy’s award-winning franchise American Crime Story. He stars alongside Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez and Ricky Martin. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is set to premiere on January 17th on FX.






-

Discussion of Darren's Album - Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:37 am

I'm blowing off the dust of this thread.   Guys, this is IT!  This is Darren's album, the one that we've been waiting for so many years.   celebrate :very happy I knew it would come!  I had faith in you, Darren!  Thanks again to DaisiesAndLilies and Jeremy for alerting us to the fantastic news! applause



Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p051aajoJu1wpi2k2o1_540

Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p051aajoJu1wpi2k2o2_1280

Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p051aajoJu1wpi2k2o3_540

Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p051aajoJu1wpi2k2o4_540

I Don’t Mind (Official Music Video) | Homework Bundle

via dcriss-archive



Link for Homework CD/CD bundle:  https://store.darrencriss.com/products/darren-criss-homework-ep















So he is releasing the iTunes version of the EP on the same day (December 15) as Darren's concert at the Globe.


Variety wrote:
Darren Criss to Release 'Homework' EP, First Solo Project in Over Seven Years

November 28, 2017

Darren Criss has announced the release of his first solo project in more than seven years, an indie EP titled “Homework.”

The Emmy-nominated “Glee” actor and musical artist said he named the EP “Homework” primarily for two reasons. “For starters, I made it mostly at home. Whether writing or recording it at my own place or at friends’, it’s about as homegrown as you can get. It was produced mostly with real live instruments, getting back to what really started my life as a songwriter in the first place — guitars and pianos and words and music,” Criss said in a message to his fans. “The main idea behind this was to embrace me just being me as much as possible in the hopes of it reaching you in some kind of positive way.”

“Secondly, homework always took me way too long to do. It’s true what they say — an artist’s work is never done,” he continued. “It never feels ‘done’ until it’s out there for someone else to experience. And so here I am, ‘finishing’ it by releasing it into the world, and encouraging it to live its own life with you. You who have waited very patiently and supported me tirelessly through the years– my family and friends from school growing up in San Francisco, my friends from college in Ann Arbor, the fans that kicked off my career and the new ones that are interested into diving a little deeper into my backstory. This one’s for you. So here, I did some homework.”

From now until midnight on Friday, Dec. 15, Criss will be signing all physical copies of the CD through the pre-sale of an exclusive CD and merch bundle, which includes the signed CD with a pullout poster as well as a pencil bag, pencil, eraser, notebook, and pencil sharpener printed with lyrics from the EP. On Dec. 15, the bundles will start shipping and the EP will be released on all digital music platforms. Pre-sale tickets and meet-and-greet passes for Criss’ release day show in Los Angeles are available now.

Computer Games, Criss’ band which also includes his brother, released a music video starring Gaten Matarazzo of “Stranger Things” earlier this year. Today, Criss also released a music video — shot at his own home — for “I Don’t Mind,” the fourth track on the upcoming EP. Beyond his musical endeavors, Criss is set to star at Andrew Cunanan in the second installment of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” franchise, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

Watch Criss’s new music video and view the “Homework” EP tracklisting below.
Tracklisting

  1. Foolish Thing
  2. I Dreamed A Dream
  3. Going Nowhere
  4. I Don’t Mind
  5. The Day That The Dance Is Over



Link:  http://variety.com/2017/music/news/darren-criss-homework-ep-1202625138/


I really think his message to his friends, family, and fans is very lovely, very earnest and sweet.  I love how he talks about the music on this EP is "homegrown," and that it was produced mostly with "real live instruments," because they are "what really started my [his] life as a songwriter in the first place." 

This statement to  his fans really is so heartfelt, about his hope that his fans will:  "embrace me  just being me as much as possible in the hopes of it reaching you in some kind of positive way."

Aww, and the part of his message where he thanks everyone in the most touching way, thanking all those who "waited very patiently and supported me tirelessly through the years," from his family and friends who grew up with him in his town of San Francisco, to his college/StarKid pals at U of Michigan, to those early StarKid fans and those later Glee fans.  Only Darren would be so sweet and personal, so genuinely thankful and humble.   heart heart heart







High Voltage wrote:
"I Don't Mind" By Darren Criss

November 28, 2017

The Who
: Darren Criss (Los Angeles, CA)

The What:
Perhaps you want to know How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying (yeah, don’t we all?) or feel a sense of Glee because someone finally gave the Hedwig and the Angry Inch in you a voice that can be heard in a world that feels like an American Crime Story. Or maybe you’re just really into Darren Criss.

If that’s the case, then you’ll be pleased to know that Criss continues to be an artistic chameleon of the best kind volleying between stage, screen and the recording studio in band (Computer Games) and – in this case – solo form where he opts to expand his musical horizons with an ambitious streak of a more personal kind.

“I have some new music for ya. A new EP called Homework. I’m not out to break the charts, rule the radio, or change the world on this one. It’s just me being me, and making whatever that is totally available to you- you who have waited very patiently and supported me tirelessly through the years. Thank you.” – Darren Criss

“I Don’t Mind” is the rock n roller that Criss has proven himself more than capable of being distilled down to the singer-songwriter in him: gentle acoustic chords, clean melodies and the warmth of a string section elevating a love song’s delicacy. And in black & white! Have we mentioned that we LOVE art visualized in black & white? Moving on because “I Don’t Mind” is just one song from that freshly announced upcoming EP Homework (is he having Glee high school flashbacks?) which you can pre-order here. Looks like a neat little Christmas present, don’t you think?

The Where: On December 15th Darren Criss has a date with the legendary Globe Theatre in Los Angeles to, in his words, “…take you through my life in songwriting and performing. Get ready for new songs, old songs, and of course, versions of songs you know but have never heard.” He also says that it’s going to be awesome. We’re inclined to believe him and tickets go on sale on November 29th which you can snag right HERE.

In the meantime, you can keep up with all things Darren Criss via his official website, Facebook page and at @DarrenCriss on Twitter.

SOURCE: X
http://iamhighvoltage.com/2017/11/28/i-dont-mind-by-darren-criss/

Link for tickets to Dec 15 concert:  https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1597645?utm_medium=459899&utm_medium=829105

Link for EP:   https://store.darrencriss.com/products/darren-criss-homework-ep





haha!   Ryan Lerman's message above turns out to be right, since "I Dreamed a Dream" is on Darren's Homework EP.  :happy face






BroadwayWorld wrote:
Darren Criss' Solo Indie EP 'Homework' Now Available for Pre-Sale

Nov 28, 2017

Emmy-nominated artist and actor Darren Criss announced this morning of the release of his solo indie EP entitled ‘Homework.’ This is his first solo project in over seven years. Criss is perhaps best known for his role on GLEE and his starring roles on Broadway in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.

[. . . ]

From now until December 15th at midnight, Darren will be signing all physical copies of the CD through an exclusive CD+Merch Bundle pre-sale available here. The EP will also be released December 15th on all digital music platforms.

The pre-sale for Darren’s release day show in Los Angeles is currently available Use the code "homework” to grab tickets + meet and greet passes here.

You can also watch the video we shot at Darren’s home for track #4, “I Don’t Mind” here.



Below is the track listing:

1. Foolish Thing
2. I Dreamed A Dream
3. Going Nowhere
4. I Don’t Mind
5. The Day That The Dance Is Over

Link to Article:  https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Darren-Criss-Solo-Indie-EP-Homework-Now-Available-for-Pre-Sale-20171128

Link for CD/CD bundle:  https://store.darrencriss.com/products/darren-criss-homework-ep?mc_cid=41a63ef1f7&mc_eid=b99ce949ae

Link for Tickets to Dec. 15 concert:  https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1597645?mc_cid=41a63ef1f7&mc_eid=b99ce949ae







 
Just Jared wrote:
Darren Criss Announces 'Homework' EP - See the Track List!

November 28, 2017

Darren Criss is returning to music with his first solo project in over seven years!

The 30-year-old actor and recording artist announced on Tuesday (November 28) that he will release a solo indie EP called Homework, due out [digitally] on December 15.

[. . . ]

The EP will be available as a physical release on Darren‘s website, and will be released digitally on December 15. He will also be playing a release day show in Los Angeles – click here for details.

Check out the track listing below!

1. “Foolish Thing”
2. “I Dreamed A Dream”
3. “Going Nowhere”
4. “I Don’t Mind”
5. “The Day That The Dance Is Over”

Link:  http://www.justjared.com/2017/11/28/darren-criss-announces-homework-ep-see-the-track-list/

Link to buy the physical CD alone, or the CD bundle package: https://store.darrencriss.com/products/darren-criss-homework-ep









Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_p0539iBA3u1wpi2k2o1_1280
Via Darren’s instagram story (November 28th, 2017) | Homework Bundle


**  **



Link to buy EP/EP bundle:  https://store.darrencriss.com/products/darren-criss-homework-ep

Link to buy tickets to Darren's December 15 concert at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles:   https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1597645?mc_cid=41a63ef1f7&mc_eid=b99ce949ae



-

Search in: Discussion of Darren's Album  Topic: Discussion of Darren's Album  Replies: 91  Views: 3364
From dailydarrenews:

Top 100 Albums iTunes Chart (March 8, 2017)!  Congrats Darren and Chuck!  thumbs up


Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_omio2tfPfT1uetdyxo1_1280

@weplaycomputers: Wow! Thanks for making us #4 on iTunes!
dailydarrennews







This is impressive too!
Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_omimxrlazl1uetdyxo1_500
Current international itunes charts position for Lost Boys Life - March 8, 2017
via dailydarrennews







Darren is going to be on the Elvis Duran show again (tomorrow, Thursday, March 9)

Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_omink6d6IB1uetdyxo1_500
@ElvisDuranShow: TOMORROW: We have @DarrenCriss and his brother @Chuck_Criss (aka @weplaycomputers) IN-STUDIO with us to perform LIVE! #LostBoysLife





I knew Billboard would cover this.  They have a supportive relationship with Darren.  :happy face


Billboard wrote:
Darren Criss & Brother Chuck Talk New, 'Unapologetically Fun' Alt-Pop Project, Computer Games

March 8, 2017

Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Darren-criss-and-chuck-criss-iheartradio-music-awards-2017-billboard-1548
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMediaDarren

Darren Criss was always destined to make a career out of music. He studied the violin from age 5 well into his teenage years, picking up other instruments along the way, while also pursuing a love for musical theater. But he credits his own musical endeavors to the environment in which he grew up – particularly his older brother, Chuck, who brought other musical interests to the table especially when they were in high school.

“Music has always been the backbone of our relationship and our household,” Darren tells Billboard. “We both had a voracious appetite for music, but I think high school is when we started playing together and being to communicate on a level that changed everything. I think the kind of music we played is probably loud garage rock, because we were just playing in the basement.”

Once they graduated, though, the Criss brothers decided to take their own paths. Darren independently released a solo EP, Human, in July 2010, just months before debuting in his breakthrough role as dreamy choir head Blaine Anderson on Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee, while Chuck found a home in New York City and became a founding member of indie-rock fivesome Freelance Whales.

With Glee seeing its end in 2015 and Freelance Whales' most recent album hailing from 2012, both Criss brothers were itching to do something new musically -- so they thought, why not relive the days of the brotherly collaborations? And come March 8, 2017, behold, the Criss alt-pop project Computer Games.

Paying homage to Darren and Chuck's other childhood love of computer games (yes, like Oregon Trail and SimCity), Darren, who serves as the project's frontman, calls it a "total passion project," and a perfect opportunity to play music with his brother again. "I was really trying to figure out what I was going to do and I was trying to decide if I was going to have a band, or a pop moniker, or what the thing was gonna be to make it something new and exciting as opposed to just being myself. I was shying less and less away from just me -- I don’t really like that, I think that puts a lot of pressure on you because it’s just you, you, you."

After dropping mysterious social media hints, Computer Games officially launched Wednesday (March  8 with the release of its first official EP, Lost Boys Life, featuring three songs and a demo cut. Billboard sat down with Chuck and Darren ahead of the big day to talk about why now is the time for a Criss brother project, how they found their "unapologetically fun" sound, and what they hope to see come of it.

What made you decide that now is the right time for you two to actually release music together?

Darren:
I was at the crossroads of what I was going to do next -- Glee was over, there’s been a festering solo record, which people have been asking me about forever. Between all the songs I’ve written and produced over the years, I wanted to start fresh. Chuck and I were writing songs, and I was like, “Why don’t we just do this together? These are both our songs.” I’ve always wanted to do something with Chuck, and life’s too short, so here we are.

It’s a really cool way to break the door down, and then we’ll see what people react to. We win either way, because we wanted to record these [songs] and we’re happy about these -- nobody was shoving this down our throats, it didn’t feel forced. In that regard, it was a personal victory. We’ll see what people say and what they want, and we’ll give the people what they want.

How has the dynamic changed working with your brother now, rather than working with other people or on your own?

Chuck:
I think it’s been better. Darren comes from a different background, more of a pop sensibility and more of an understanding of harmony -- especially from the Broadway world, a really strong attention to songwriting detail. There are things that I’m not typically used to working with, but it was really cool. I would have an initial idea, and then the way Darren would flesh it out is much different than the way it would work with the Whales.

Darren:
There’s a familiarity between Chuck and I that there’s not a lot of red tape to cut through. I’m hyper-specific and very militant -- as chill of a guy as I am, I treat music and anything I create with hyper-specificity, and kind of maniacally so. So it’s nice to have Chuck’s looser grip on certain things, which is good for creativity. Chuck will just kind of splatter stuff against the wall, and then I can kind of pick up the pieces. It’s like making a face out of a doodle.

Chuck:
But it’s great, because me as a doodler -- since we’ve known each other for so long and have written songs together for so long -- I can kind of be abstract, and he still kind of knows what I’m talking about. I don’t have to go through that extra step of explaining. Or, I can reference "that thing we did in the basement."

[. . . ]

Topics tagged under 4 on Darren Criss Fan Community Computer-games-darren-criss-2017-billboard-embed

Can you elaborate on what makes Computer Games' music "unapologetically fun pop"?

Darren:
Yeah, that’s more to apologize to our producer friends, because one of the lead tracks on it -- the song “Every Single Night” -- is so layered. Harmonically and production-wise, there’s so much happening that typically I would be like, “No, no, no, we gotta take some of this out.” I come from a world where when I record I like to try and have it be ready for a live experience as much as possible. I kind of threw that to the wind once I started Computer Games. As long as it sounds good... 

It’s kind of marrying these two schools, of thought of being a purist, and also just accepting what’s hip. Chuck, you kept saying this when we were in the recording studio -- I was like “Having 13 guitars is kind of wacky,” and you were like, “I don’t know, it sounds good.” And that to me just trumps all. You let go of making concessions and you just say, “We’re not sorry!” We just want it to sound f--king rad.

How did you guys figure out the "rad" sound you wanted?

Chuck:
We had the songs written, and then it was just a matter of, “What kind of clothes do you want to put on this?”

Darren:
So we teamed up with a crew that I have always admired called The Elev3n. Chuck and I, our sensibilities are a little more mom-and-pop, and more band-y. And The Elev3n guys are straight-up pop producers, and they’re really strong pop producers. They have a vocabulary that we don’t have and we certainly have a vocabulary that they don’t have, so we thought it would be kind of cool to meet halfway with these guys and see what they do.

I’d like to think that Chuck and I could hold our own, but for the most part, I would play something out and then be like, “All right, Dave you do it better. It’ll take me 30 takes, it’ll take you three.”

Chuck: We probably could’ve made this record on our own, it just would’ve taken 10 years instead of two weeks.

It only took two weeks to make?


Chuck:
No, no, but at least [just the] time in the studio.

Darren:
The reality is, Chuck and I live in different cities. Chuck’s full time in New York, and I’m full-time nowhere...  I have a life running around the world doing whatever I gotta do. So this was really kind of put together sort of when convenient -- which is not the most ideal way to make something, but it certainly prioritizes what you need to do. With The Elev3n, they do have such a strong pop-influenced way of thinking, and we welcomed that into the way that we were making this because we wanted to make it accessible.

When you are making anything, all you can do is chase the idea that exists and then see where it goes. It’s like having a child and seeing what the child gets into. If a song sounds a certain way, we go, “Okay cool, we should probably let it sound like that and mix it accordingly, as opposed to trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.”

Chuck:
Yeah because these songs ended up having an ‘80s aesthetic, but by no means were we stepping into it like, “We gotta make an ‘80s record.” It did end up sounding like music that was popular when we were kids, but it was almost like, when we were kids, we weren’t even rocking out to that stuff, it was just kind of in the ether. I was born the same year Phil Collins was a superstar, but I didn’t start listening to Phil Collins until I was in college, maybe later. My ear was completely tuned out to it.

Darren:
And now your ear is just like, “Oh man, this is the best s--t ever.”

And what made you decide that Lost Boys Life was going to be the name of the EP?

Darren:
The thing that Chuck and I share is, we're men grappling with this concept of adulthood, but still one foot is forever stuck in adolescence. All the music is thematically sort of adolescent, and sonically adolescent – it sounds like the popular sounds of the late ‘80s, early ‘90s, when we were little kids. In that sense, it’s about not wanting to give that up, and sort of living this Lost Boys Life. All the songs have something to do with growing up in some weird way. It’s also just a title that I f---ing love, to be real. [Laughs.]

Chuck:
Yeah, it kind of sums up the EP nicely. What I like about it -- it does kind of have that Peter Pan-y lost boys thing, but then I like it more as a vibe of the Kiefer Sutherland movie.

Darren:
Yeah, people forget – they’re like, "Oh, Peter Pan." And we’re like, "No, vampires."

Even though it's still pretty new, do you guys have any goals or hopes for Computer Games?


Darren:
 All you can hope for -- it’s not that people like what you’re doing, it’s that people have any reaction at all. We’re not making incredibly heavy, pensive music. But the prime objective of what we’ve created is, like we said, [to be] unapologetically fun. So if you’re singing or dancing, or laughing, or smiling, f--k yeah. That’s all we really ask... or hope for, because we’re not asking for anything.

Particularly people who don’t know who we are -- the people who don’t know Freelance Whales, the people who didn’t watch Glee -- those are the people that I hope to reach. I look forward to the blank slate, and I look forward to these songs grabbing people objectively.


Please click on the Billboard article to give it numbers:  http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7717175/darren-criss-computer-games-brother-chuck-lost-boys-life-interview







Yahoo.com wrote:
Darren Criss and Brother Chuck Play with '80s Sounds in New Duo Computer Games


For Darren Criss, the dream of making music with his older brother Chuck started in basement jam sessions when the two were in high school growing up in San Francisco. Now that the former Glee star and his older sibling have hit their thirties, they’re finally making that dream come true with the new Lost Boys Life EP from their alt-pop outfit Computer Games.

“It’s almost frustrating how it took this long,” says Darren of their recording debut. “I just turned 30 and I was like, ‘All right, if we don’t do this now, I’m gonna go insane.’ It’s not like we were sitting on our asses doing nothing, so I can’t get too mad at myself for never having done this before. Chuck and I were very lucky to fall into these separate rabbit holes — for me as an actor and Chuck as a musician.”

[. . .]

Darren believes that the “timing seemed right” for the independently released project: “Luckily, because of the successes that we’ve had on our own, it’s sort of afforded us a pretty good perspective on things. I wonder if we had pursued this when we were [younger], the focuses would have been different. But it’s just been this sort of festering itch that we needed to scratch for so long. Another 10 years would have gone by in the blink of an eye, and then it would be arguably too late. So here we are.”


As a kid, Darren was the first of the Criss brothers to catch the music bug, playing the guitar, the violin, and the drums as well as developing a “voracious appetite” for the Beatles. For Chuck — a fan of classic rock, the White Stripes and the Strokes growing up — the itch to pick up instruments came later in high school: “I didn’t start playing any music until I was like 16 or 17. My first instrument was the banjo. Then I learned how to play the guitar and the bass and stuff.” Recalls Darren: “I remember when Chuck started playing guitar and me just being so annoyed because I played my whole life and Chuck was getting so good so fast.”

That all led to plenty of rocking out in the Criss household. “All of our friends who also played music would come over every day after school and it would just get crazy loud,” says Darren. “I can only imagine how annoying it could have been for our parents, but they loved it. I think they were really enjoying the fact that their boys were connecting so hard on music.”

The Criss brothers bring that same sense of fun to Computer Games. “That’s kind of where the name Computer Games came from,” explains Darren. “We’re just having fun. The whole notion of the band is playful. It’s having fun with computers, having fun with loops and just having fun playing. We just wanted to make something as fun as humanly possible.”

For the Lost Boys Life EP, Chuck says, “We wanted to bring back certain things that we love in music. I think that’s why with these [songs] there’s a little more ’80s vibe to them. We wanted to have guitar solos and a lot of percussion and synth horns.” Adds Darren: “The lead single of the EP [‘Every Single Night’] has this sort of Miami Sound Machine/Lionel Richie/Phil Collins ’80s dance record vibe. We’re pulling from all the stuff that people would generally roll their eyes at but they’re secretly smiling on the inside.”

So, are there ever any sibling spats between the two brothers in Computer Games? “Chuck and I rarely disagree on anything,” says Darren. “It is a really good collaboration. Chuck is really a great doodler. I’m sort of like the song surgeon, I guess. I’m just such a perfectionist.” Chuck breaks it down this way: “I think I’m really good about having that initial idea. Darren has a knack for good lyrics and he’s a great harmonizer. We each have our strengths and weaknesses. He’ll pick up the slack where maybe I’m lacking and vice versa.”

Darren hopes that Glee fans will follow him in his new role as pop artist. “I’m certainly not the kind of person that runs away from what people know me from,” says the Emmy nominee, who will reunite with Glee creator Ryan Murphy to star in Versace: American Crime Story for the third season of Murphy’s FX series. “I am so lucky to have people even know [me], to have a leg up. Being an artist starting out with no fanbase is really a hard thing to do. We’re happy to embrace that.”

As for the future of Computer Games, Chuck says, “We’d love to record an album at some point, if there’s demand for it. Even if there isn’t maybe we’ll just do it anyway because obviously we’re doing this to fulfill a promise to ourselves.” Adds Darren: “It’s something that we’re passionate about, and if it catches on, then great, but if it doesn’t, we still win. We’re still so thrilled that we got to get together and put this out into the world. It’s not just to make our parents happy.”

via DarrenCrissArmy

Link:  https://www.yahoo.com/music/darren-criss-and-brother-chuck-play-with-80s-sounds-in-new-duo-computer-games-201511871.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw



Please click on the links to the articles to give them numbers.  :happy face

Search found 4 matches for 4

Back to top