Record producer Steve Lillywhite paid tribute to Darius Campbell Danesh, describing the late singer as a “gentleman” and saying his story is one of redemption.
He is a Scottish singer, songwriter and actor whose family announced his death at the age of 41 on Tuesday, known as Darius Danesh when he was first searched. popularity on the ITV show Popstars in 2001.
He also appeared on the first series of Pop Idols, won by Will Young, and after finishing third on the show, Campbell Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s offer of a record contract and signed him on. with music giant Lillywhite.
Lillywhite, 67, catapulted U2 to fame and has worked with some of the biggest names in music including the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis band, Beady Eye and more .
In 2011, he was made a CBE and honored for his music services.
Lillywhite told the PA news agency: “When I heard the news yesterday, it affected me more than I thought. Because it brought me back to the whole… I mean his story is a great story of redemption.
“You know, he was basically like, he was mocked in Pop Idol, he ended up coming in third.
“And not much has happened to him but what he has is this big heart.”
A friend of Lillywhite, who was working with Campbell Danesh at the time, called him and suggested that the two meet.
Lillywhite said: “I met him and my first thought when I met him, he was basically a purebred. He’s like this incredible stallion.
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“I mean, you know, tall, handsome, he just reminds me of a prime example of humanity that you’ll find and that’s amazing.”
Campbell Danesh’s debut single, Colourblind, was released in July 2002 and went straight to number one, marking the beginning of a series of top releases.
Since his death, the song has re-entered the music charts and on Wednesday morning topped the iTunes download chart.
“I listened to it again yesterday, and I have to say, it’s pretty well organized,” Lillywhite said.
Campbell Danesh’s debut album, Dive In, was released near the end of 2002 and reached the UK Top 10.
Lillywhite is the man behind many important new wave and post-punk records including the debut albums of Siouxsie And The Banshees and XTC.
His credits also include Morrissey’s solo releases – having worked on The Smiths’ single Ask – and his work with The Pogues and The La’s, while also producing the album Dirty Work by the Stones.
Lillywhite said of Campbell Danesh: “He came out and he wrote his own song and he signed the anti-Simon Cowell, which was me in a way, because I was the one who played the music. rock and Simon Cowell is the man who did all the pop music.
“I have only good things to say about him… talented, a big heart.”
Campbell Danesh’s family said in a statement that he was “found unresponsive in bed in the room of his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was declared by the local medical examiner’s office” Dad died in the afternoon.”
Local police confirmed there was “no sign of suspicious intentions or circumstances”, with the cause of his death unknown at this stage, the family added.
Former Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and first series runner-up, Gareth Gates, also paid tribute to Campbell Danesh following the news.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music-producer-steve-lillywhite-remembers-darius-as-talented-with-big-heart-41918511.html Music producer Steve Lillywhite remembers Darius as ‘talented’ with ‘big heart’