Cian Ducrot

FRESH: ‘Hurt So Bad’ – Cian Ducrot

Cian Ducrot says it “Hurt So Bad”

Cian Ducrot’s recent tracks “Anyone But Her” and “Fucked Up All The Time” have made a compelling case for the young singer-songwriter being on the cusp of a big breakthrough. Between his skills as a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, his gift for capturing emotionally engaging stories in his songs and almost 600,000 followers at TikTok, he’s firmly on the way up. Cian’s ascension continues today with the release of his new single “Hurt So Bad”.

While his recent singles have delved into personal experiences that are both real and immensely relatable, “Hurt So Bad” addresses a situation that requires an even deeper level of sympathy and judgement. The song was written about a friend of who suffered a miscarriage, as well as the subsequent outpouring of grief and the impact that it had on a relationship. The story is key to the song, which is gracefully supported by Cian’s delicate falsetto, understated beats and soothing vocal harmonies. And amidst the turmoil, the final verse offers support for the challenges that lie ahead.

Cian says, “I wrote ‘Hurt So Bad’ when my friend shared a really personal story about having a misscariage when she was 19. The story broke my heart, especially as I had a family member experience the same thing. I tried to tell the story in her words and express it for her. It was really moving for us both”.

Cian’s fothcoming “Started In College” (mixtape) will be in two volumes featuring a total of ten tracks including Cian’s three recent singles. Other new tracks include “Somebody Else” which tells the story of love and loss of a friendship, with Cian pushing his vocal to the full extent of its power. The demo vocals were recorded over a year ago and Cian decided to keep them in the final edit for the authenticity of the track and to maintain the time-capsule of the song.

Volume 2 is a compilation of tracks Cian released between 2018 and 2019. Volume 1 to Volume 2 shows the journey Cian has been on musically and personally, discovering his own unique sound in writing and production. Volume 2’s opening track “Aftertaste” marks the true beginning of this new phase in his life, as the first track he ever released and the moment Cian realised he can do anything following this. Cian explains, “This mixtape is a time capsule of the last two years of my life from the first release of aftertaste from my college bedroom to dropping out and getting to where I am now. It closes the chapter of my 20-22 years and it will forever capture all the moments, experiences, relationships, rooms and apartments I lived in while making music and balancing the crazy London life and uni life. It’s a really special project for me and will be a capsule of “the start”.

Raised in Cork and now based in London, Cian’s journey to where he is today is also a remarkable tale. It has taken him from busking in his teens to earning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and then dropping out to hone his craft under the guidance of Shawn Mendes’ pianist Eddy Ruyter. His burgeoning solo career is informed by two traits which seem simple but are deceptively challenging to master: captivating melodies and stories that get to the beating heart of their subject matter.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!