- 04 Feb 21
The Irish musician and producer began his quick ascension last summer after releasing his 'started in college' mixtape, as well as dropping emotional pop bangers 'F***ed Up All The Time’ and 'Anyone But Her'.
Inspired by a real life experience, the powerful song demonstrates Ducrot’s songwriting talents and puts both his classical music training and captivating pop sensibility in the spotlight.
“'Not Usually Like This' was the first time that I really dug into my past and was able to go to a place and write a song about something that I previously wouldn't have been able to put into words," Ducrot says about the song's genesis.
"It was both difficult and easy, but I learned a lot from writing this song."
The 23-year-old was raised in Cork and later based himself between London and Los Angeles. Taking a nomadic approach to pop music, home for the multi-instrumentalist is wherever he happens to find his laptop and guitar. Growing up in a broken home, Cian sought relief in music, listening to his Mum playing everything from Bach to Chopin — often finding that music was a way to escape the trials of abuse, a turbulent family dynamic and more.
Ducrot later won a full scholarship to study classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music — one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world. Cian also knew that to create original music, he would have to teach himself how to produce - so he did. A short trip to California inspired him to pursue his dream of becoming a pop artist instead of a classical flautist. He decided to take a risk leaving his schooling and moved back to Ireland to plan for his new dream.
His debut 2020 mixtape started in college chronicled his unconventional road into the music industry, and he was then discovered by Darkroom/Interscope Records in the summer and promptly signed to the label. The Irish songwriter, producer and artist is at work on a new project and aims to showcase his diverse talents exploring revealing issues of love, loss, masculinity and frustration.
Cian has managed to surpass over 600,000 followers on TikTok alone with his relatable 'living with my girlfriend' antics and musical snippets. His star remains firmly on the rise.
Check out the new video for 'Not Usually Like This' below: