Darren Emerson
Darren EmersonDarren Emerson

Darren Emerson is one of the most influential figures in dance music, with a career spanning more than 18 years and counting. I was really excited when we met in London and got some words for the documentary. This is a DJ that has been on my radar since my beginnings in the rave scene. He came to Toronto back in the 90s, thats when I first saw him spin vinyl at Industry Night Club. What a night on the dance floor!

Here’s an exclusive mini mix from this maestro for GGN RADIO – Click Here

Whilst growing up on a diet of hip-hop, break-dancing and later acid house, Darren bought his first set of decks at 14 and began Djing in clubs at the tender age of 16. Inspired by DJs such as Jazzy M, Darren would travel two hours on a train from his hometown in Essex to visit record stores across London for the latest vinyl. His first gig was at a club called Outers in Southend, playing early Chicago and Balearic house. He then progressed onto the Milk Bar and Limelight, djing alongside Johnny Walker and soon gaining recognition by being named as DJ of the month in both the Face and I-D magazine – soon the bookings came flooding in…

Darren chose to ditch his job as an established city trader and take on dance music full time. Recently turned 18, a friend introduced him to Rick Smith and Karl Hyde. Smith and Hyde had been in a band together for several years and needed a new injection from a DJ/Producer – in the form of Darren – and the rest is, well… Underworld.

Darren started Underwater Records in 1994 – initially to release records for his friends, the label, since its inception has seen releases from Steve Mac, Mutiny, Meeker, Gus Gus, Pnau, Paul Jackson, Sharam Jey and Tim Deluxe – whose ‘Sirens/ We All Love Sax’ and ‘It Just Won’t Do’ managed to put Underwater firmly in place on the independent label spectrum. In 2003 Underwater was voted ‘label of the year’ by DJ Magazine and went from strength to strength releasing albums and singles from its ever growing and increasingly varied roster of artists. Darren continued his hugely successful Underwater residency at London’s The End, until the club sadly closed its doors early 2009. The residency began in February 2001 and has since seen the likes of Fatboy Slim, Josh Wink, Carl Craig, Tim Deluxe, D. Ramirez and Yousef alongside up and coming talent like Serge Santiago and Deepgroove.

For more information on Darren and his tour dates check out the LINK below…