by the partae

“‘Dopamine’ is a playful and multi-layered debut for TRYHARD as it showcases a lot of different sides of his artistry in a punchy 3 and a half minute dose. With two more singles scheduled for 2020, get ready to get to know who he is even more intimately.”
Thomas Bleach

“With a club-ready, heartbeat pulse and the nostalgic yearning of John Hughes films, Melbourne bedroom-pop producer James Comito’s debut single under the moniker TRYHARD – ‘Dopamine’ is a rush of pure ecstasy.”
– Opinion Police

“A bubbly burst of deceptively effervescent pop in the vein of Charli XCX or The 1975”
-Music Feeds

TRYHARD is the moniker of bedroom-pop artist and producer James Comito from Melbourne, Australia. A fresh new face with an unparalleled sense of ambition and a belief that pop shouldn’t be a dirty word, TRYHARD is characterised by earworm hooks, huge synths and lyrical authenticity.

James started writing songs at the tender age of eleven, knowing full well that his dream was to fill the same arenas as his diverse range of influences from Mayday Parade to The 1975, to Charli XCX.

James combined his natural talent as a topliner and instrumentalist to writing sessions with a variety of other artists, garnering early interest from labels. However, writing songs for others began to feel suffocating; James’ distinctive honesty in songwriting meant that he needed a project that felt truly his own.

Thus, TRYHARD was born.

TRYHARD has now emerged in 2020 as a fully realised pop act, after years of work behind the scenes, writing for and collaborating with fellow up-and-comers Chris Watts, Sam Bluer, Muki, Oh Boy, and more. Excitingly, his upcoming releases are the result of an exclusive collaboration with Ben Field, who has previously worked with festival favourite Mallrat and has over 30 million streams to his name.

‘Matches’ is the second of three singles, all of which speak to a youthfulness and freedom that the 22-year-old is able to embody so authentically.

A new generational voice, with the talent and work ethic to back it up, TRYHARD has arrived…


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