Harts is the nom de plume of Indian-born, Australian-based musician, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer Darren Hart, whose singular blend of funk, jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and indie electronic has drawn comparisons to Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and Lenny Kravitz, among others.
Raised in Melbourne, Hart issued a demo in 2010, which caught the ear of Lars Stalfors of the Mars Volta, who offered to mix the tracks. Those newly polished versions appeared on Hart's buzzed about 2013 debut EP, Offtime, which was released via Island Records. Hart went independent for his 2014 long-player, Daydreamer, a ten-track collection of guitar-heavy electro-funk jams that drew praise from Prince Rogers Nelson himself, who noted that Hart's full-length debut reminded him "of how I was at that age" -- it was later revealed that Hart had traveled to Prince's Paisley Park compound earlier in the year for a meet-and-greet/jam session. Hart joined the ranks at Universal for his sophomore LP, 2016's Smoke Fire Hope Desire, which was issued in the United States the following year via Razor & Tie. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi