FĒNIX is the solo project of Carlow (Ireland) multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Darragh O’Connor. Describing his sound as “big beats and sexy synths”, FĒNIX leans heavily on Synthwave and 80s vibes to create melody-driven alt-pop.
Following the release of his hugely successful debut single Alive, ‘BY YOUR SIDE’ shows FĒNIX penchant for an up-tempo ballad:
"‘By Your Side’ has always been one of been my favourite songs that I’ve written. I wrote it about 12/13 years ago as an acoustic song. The chorus is a message to my wife (which eventually made it into my wedding speech!) I guess it’s just a simple message that all couples can live by. The verses are maybe a bit more about both of us….everyone can struggle from time to time with what life throws at you. But with someone good by your side, you can overcome pretty much anything."
BY YOUR SIDE was completed with friend and gold-certified producer Ross Fortune (Ed Sheeran, Burna Boy, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, Zara Larsson) at the helm, and was released on Aztec Records on 2nd December.
Aztec Records, Laura Fares
Youngblood Music, Darragh O'Connor