July 26, 2008
Humble independent artistry hasn't stopped Darren Hayes from reaching for the stars
"I wouldn't even be talking to you if it weren't for Savage Garden," Hayes says on the phone from his home in Notting Hill, London. "I was young, and the quick success [of Savage Garden] changed my life ... and I can laugh at it now. Especially my hairstyles." From a straight, mainstream singing sensation in his 20s with a new wave coiffure to a 30-ish, gay married, independent solo artist that's somewhat dark, broody and bearded, Hayes accounts the transition to his being "older and more sophisticated" and adds, "I'm really loving it."
"This was the tour I've always dreamed of..." Hayes explains. "...doing a show like this was one of my before-I-die wishes ... No one's really doing [a production such as this] right now ... I couldn't think of a better moment than this period to try [it]."
Shot in Hayes' hometown of Brisbane, Australia on the final night of the tour, the DVD was released July 22, 2008. However, Hayes isn't planning to take it easy now that the DVD is in distribution. Currently, he's busy working on another DVD that's expected to drop at the end of the year. According to Hayes, that DVD will feature "remixed and animated music videos." Afterwards, Hayes is going to take a shot at being a songwriter. "I want to try writing songs for other people," he says.