Placing his mark on one of the greatest songs ever written, Darcy Callus memorizes on his take of "God Only Knows." As the piano serenades us with its whisps of classical auras, Darcy Callus puts his impressive tenor vocals on full display. Not typically expressing himself to friends and family, Darcy Callus used the recording as an opportunity to demonstrate his gratitude for the ones in his life that mobilized him during a time of self-doubt and turbulence.
"God Only Knows," perfectly encapsulates Darcy Callus's intentions of showing appreciation and thanks through its emotionally constructed lyrics. Memorable lyrics like "I may not always love you, But long as there are stars above you, You never need to doubt it, I'll make you so sure about it God only knows what I'd be without you," embody the true sentiment Callus wants to exhibit to his inner circle. If Darcy Callus 's smooth-flowing vocals sound familiar, you're not imagining things. Callus auditioned and went on to perform on America's Got Talent Season 12 when he performed The Beach Boys song, "God Only Knows." His rendition of the song will also be featured once again on AGT's current Season 15 set to air June 16, 2020. If you haven't yet heard Darcy Callus's version of "God Only Knows," don't delay and listen today.
Hello Darcy and welcome to BuzzMusic. We fell in love with your version of the classic Beach Boys song "God Only Knows." You told us it was an ode to the many people that lifted you up during tough times, what feeling does singing this song give to you?
You know it’s just a magic song, there’s only a handful of those that exist in the world, so singing a song like that always has that magic feeling. It’s not just for me and it’s not just personal, it’s for everyone - I’ve had people ask to use this recording for weddings, funerals, other important life events. I’ve had people like recovering addicts say how much it has helped them through tough times. This is incredibly moving and it’s always amazing to see the impact music can have for people and I’m just glad I can be of service to these people. It’s easy to forget how important music can be. And not many people know but musically this song is so unique, to geek out, the harmonies are unlike any other song I know of, they break all the pop music rules yet sound so awesome. Brian Wilson is clearly a genius in this sense.
Performing on a stage like America's Got Talent and the sheer magnitude of eyes and ears focussed on you must be nerve-wracking. What was your experience on the show? Haha, I really hope this doesn’t sound big-headed but I didn’t find it wasn’t nerve-wracking. I’ve always had a calm on stage and I don’t know where it comes from, it’s like being in the eye of a storm - suddenly once you’re in it everything is totally still and calm. The first time I sang in public was on national TV and it was the same thing - I’m calm and in the moment. I found some of the work behind the camera challenging and all the interviews were just so intense! I learned a ton from my experience on the show and discovered the importance of the ’story’ you have as an artist. I’ve always just been one of those people who ‘does it’, I’m focused on the music, I keep myself to myself. It’s not like I’m singing about nothing, but I’ve just been one of those people who really care about the music and the message within the music. But the show taught me that the story, image is so important and it lets the listener create a context in their mind. So I’ve realized I have to be like this and have a persona, which is something I’m still working on!
What has moving from Australia to Los Angeles done for your creative flow and career in music? Well the music industry in Adelaide, Australia is less than 1% of what it’s like here. Los Angeles really is the capital of the popular music industry and you can feel that everyone is here to create music, film, and content for the world. Everywhere you turn there’s someone who’s way more talented or successful, and you can’t just coast along - you have to have drive and purpose, you have to be unique, you have to be damn good at what you do and you have to have a message. Especially with the price of rent here! So it’s like a sink-or-swim thing. And I haven’t sunk yet, so I must be swimming to some extent! Of course, the network and connections are here, too, and I’ve been so fortunate to meet and work with some incredible songwriters, producers, and artists. And I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.
What themes and messages can we expect to hear from your upcoming original solo project?
I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel there. Love, loss, friendship, vulnerability, passion, pain, struggle with others and struggle with ourselves, all the stuff we experience as humans. But maybe what I can offer is a unique perspective on those themes. I think that’s what any good artist strives to do. Thinking about it now, the underlying message is care. It sounds so cheesy, uncool, weak, or easily dismissible, but I think to care is the coolest thing you can do. It takes strength and resolves to care about something and you don’t look for praise or approval, you just do it because you know it has to be done. It’s kinda badass in a way. And it’s something I think we are in desperate need of right now - I sometimes really do wonder if all of our role models in society and the people who we’ve entrusted to lead us really care. They don’t seem to commit, they don’t take opportunities to unite us, they seem to be ultimately looking out for themselves. They seem to be driven by what people think of them rather than what they can do for people. I’d like to think that they care and I really want them to. But I see their impact and I see how neglectful they are and it’s hard to believe they actually do. It’s just so devastating to watch our society start to lose everything it’s worked so hard and sacrificed for - fairness, freedom, community, health, equality - we are losing these things and it’s only because of a lack of care. So yeah, I suppose ‘to care' is my message.
What's next for you?
Writing, producing, and performing. Building who I am as an artist; my style and image. Collaborating with the amazing talent here in LA. Ultimately working towards releasing my music and performing it to as many people as I can. I’ve started working with multi-platinum songwriter Pam Sheyne, who is an amazing human being, and the incredible Printz Board, who co-wrote much of the Black Eyed Peas album.