Strumzilla

​A blog/journal about my life and the stuff I like. Popular subjects include music, guitars, gear, books, movies, video games, technology, humor.

BIO

Darren Hightower is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, engineer, and producer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Music was one of his earliest loves, and it continues to be an integral part of his daily life. Years of traveling the world through times of strife, peace, austerity and plenty inform his creative works. 

Artist Statement

(Editorial Note - this was created for a Berklee class called "Creative Artistry" and it's pretentious sounding as hell to my ears. I've left it as a reminder of what I came up with given the parameters of the assignment. Not to be taken too seriously by any means)

 

I create because I don’t have a choice. I’m driven to tell a story, my story, and the countless stories of those without voices. My art means we’re not alone. My art means we are connected. 

My art is angry, contemptuous, sardonic, amused, nostalgic, melancholic, romantic and a thousand other emotions. My sounds shriek, shrug, push, pull, cajole, sting, laugh and cry. My music embraces, calms, comforts, whispers, strokes, kisses, heals. My music never intends to harm, but it does want to wake you up. Sometimes that’s a gentle tap on the shoulder. Sometimes it’s a clarion call. I hope to distract you, to help you escape from whatever is holding you back or keeping you down, if only for a few minutes. My art is an outstretched hand, hoping to make a connection. My art is my truth. My art is my story. Maybe it’s literal, maybe it’s metaphorical. It’s always how I feel. 

In a practical sense, my music is the culmination of all my years of life and musical experience presented in a fashion that incorporates my love for light and dark, abrasive and mellow, intensity and calmness. I draw on any musical genres that have spoken to me - rock, metal, jazz, classical, folk, electronic and many others. I strive to combine my love of sound, style, and lyrical substance into a cohesive narrative that will move you emotionally and intellectually. I hope to tell a story worthy of your attention and time. 

 

 

About me...

Looking back (as you do), I'm not much different from the young teenager I was back before the discovery of electricity. I essentially listen to the same music, read the same books, watch the same movies, and I still play air guitar (mostly in my head), imagining I'm on a stage performing. This despite actually being able to play guitar. I'm older, grayer, and hopefully a bit wiser now, but I'm still that young teenager at heart.