Darren Emerson




Darren Emerson is one of the most influential figures in dance music, with a 17 year career that has seen him work with everyone from Depeche Mode to Jamie Cullum. His success is evident in the numerous million-selling hit albums and singles he has been a part of and his stunning DJ skills. When he turned 18, Rick Smith invited him to become the third member of techno band Underworld. 1993’s ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ was their commercial breakthrough onto the then burgeoning British electronica scene. While working on their second album, 1996’s ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’, they released the single ‘Born Slippy’, which was an instant hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to the movie, Trainspotting. During his time with Underworld, the band released three albums and sold over a million albums worldwide.

Emerson also emerged as a much sought-after remix talent, with remixes for such diverse acts as The Chemical Brothers, and Björk.

Darren parted ways with Underworld in 2000 and then concentrated more on his solo career as a DJ and remixer, and also a label owner. He continued to release tracks by himself and new artists on the Underwater records label and eventually gained its own night at super club Pacha, Ibiza alongside fellow DJ Erick Morillo. During its second summer at Pacha, his Underwater Records night won ‘House Event’ of the summer at the DJ Magazine awards. The first collaboration saw Emerson and DJ cohort Sasha produce the Ibiza classic ‘Scorchio’. Two Global Underground compilations soon followed; ‘Uruguay’ and ‘Singapore’. In 2003 Underwater was voted label of the year by DJ Mag.

Darren released his third Global Underground compilation ‘Bogota’ in 2009 and 2010 he launched a new label, DETONE, which is fast approaching its 50th release and with Darren having a sizeable impression on the label discography himself with notable club tracks including ‘Gracelands’, ‘Decisions’, ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Where We Came From’.

2016 saw a string of massive releases by Darren Emerson, including the legendary ‘Fanfare’ collaboration with John Digweed and Nick Muir, plus a remix of Matador ‘The Resort’. Support was huge for these latest productions, including repeat plays from the legendary Carl Cox.

2017 brought us another reunion of Darren Emerson, John Digweed and Nick Muir in the studio and the result was ‘Tracer’, another genre defying release that found favour with house, progressive and techno DJs alike.  Darren also made his mark on Carl Cox’s Intec label with ‘Deadlock’ and ‘Catch 22′, as well as playing for Carl Cox’ night at Privilege in Ibiza, with other notable gig highlights including Ultra Resistance Festival in Bali and the Global Underground 20 tour in Australia. However, possibly the biggest news in clubland for Darren Emerson in came in the form of the official launch of ‘3D’ – a meeting of minds between Darren Emerson, Dave Seaman and Danny Howells which sees all three DJs play back to back in extended sets at special events.

Darren continued his relentless globe-trotting DJ schedule with dates across the UK, Europe and Asia in 2018 with initial releases including the much hyped ‘Birdcage’ on Intec.

Contact Details

Booking Agent (UK, Europe & Asia):
Sam Findlay – sam@mainlinemusic.net

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