Pio Hartnett is an alternative pop songwriter and producer from Galway, Ireland.
After deciding to move to Dublin to pursue music, he recorded the song 'Dark Blossom' with his friend Alex Nahayo in the summer of 2018. They released it quietly online, and so were surprised when it gained over 5,000 streams, and was championed on local radio stations from Highland Radio to Liffey Sound 96.4FM.
Hartnett spent the next two years playing open mics around Dublin, honing his songwriting skills and seeking his own sound. He studied Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin, from which he graduated in 2020. In late 2020, he collaborated with Tobi- A on the single ‘Dunes'. This saw him receive coverage from Golden Plec, Chalkpit and Lost in the Manor, as well as being selected as Linkfire Artist of the Month in February 2021, and as an in-house artist by Guinness for their 2021 Winterfest at the Storehouse, Dublin.
On his birthday, on the 14th January 2022, he released ‘Roses’. It was accompanied by a video by award-winning RTÉ panel director Andrew Ascough. The video and song were premiered by Hot Press, and both have received widespread acclaim. In April, he followed it with his second single, 'Grand Prix', which has been played on Highland Radio, Dundalk FM, Dublin South FM, Midlands 103FM, Near FM, Blast106, BOC Radio, KRAC Radio, K107 FM, North Cotswold Comm. Radio, Phoenix FM (AUS), Vixen 101FM, Koci Radio, Athlone Community Radio and Susy Radio, as well as on RTÉ 2XM, the national broadcaster's digital radio station.
Hartnett is currently putting the finishing touches on a collection of story-driven tracks for his debut EP in summer 2022.
His songs are influenced by writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and Flannery O'Connor, as well as musicians like Matt Corby, Frank Ocean, Holly Humberstone, John Mayer, Radiohead, Taylor Swift and Charli XCX.
"Gut wrenching yet positive." Kieran Webber, CLUNK Magazine
"Pio Hartnett looks set to take a step into centre stage." - Ciaran Brennan, Hot Press
“Thought-provoking and insightful lyrics[…] with a certain freshness.” Martha Blake, Music Crowns
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