History

Darren has always held a strong passion for music and audio technology.

Inspired by his uncle, Jon Machin a guitarist and music producer throughout the late 60’s and into the 90’s.

As a youth, Darren would browse his parent's record collection in search of music to stir his heart and soul. 

With a staple diet of Rhythm & Blues, Funk’n’Soul, and Disco from his mother an avid collector of vinyl, to the Blues, Folk and Heavy Rock of his father's collection. Darren then yearned to play along with his favourite albums. Noticing this desire Darren was gifted his first electric guitar with a small Marshall amp by his uncle. As time passed Darren jammed with friends one of which included Joel Renbourn son of folk guitar legend, John Renbourn of the 60’ & 70’s band Pentangle. The pair would jam most days and come to play live at the odd local pub with other musicians. 

Darrens fascination with the audio technology that emerged during the late 80’s into the 90’s was overwhelming his desire to play guitar. He set out to learn aspects of live and studio sound engineering and applied to study at the SAE Institute in London after leaving school. Darren passed SAE's entrance exam 100% and was presented with a scholarship to study a four-year audio engineering, mastering and multimedia course located at its main campus in Sydney, Australia. Sadly Darren had to pass this amazing opportunity and alternatively studied electrical engineering at City & Islington College, London and later enrolled at the Leeds College of Music to study Commercial Music, Production & Management once placements became available the following year.

After his studies, Darren returned to London in pursuit of audio related work, he landed a runners position with Coldcuts Ninja Tune records and later an office assistants role for Howie B's, Pussyfoot records. Shortly after he secured his first weekly residency at club Catch-22 in Old Street East London, where he played an eclectic mix of Electro House, Breakbeat to Drum'n'Bass for a small but regular crowd of followers. After some time with both record labels, Darren was regularly booked to support various London Djs at professionally promoted club events or securing weekly residencies himself or promoting his own successful club events, SoulSonic and Turn-ON with fellow Italian, Dj Deep “S” from there he also started working as an audio & visual engineer.

Darren went on to work full-time for two major film post production studio facilities in central London. (Twickenham Film Studios and later Warner Bros De Lane Lea in Soho) Through those career developments, Darren continued his musical pursuits as an Freelance AV Engineer & Dj, supporting some of the industries leading Djs, Producers or other performing artists of electronic music since mid 2000 within venues throughout London and parts of Europe to present day.

Since 2015 Darren relocated to split his working and family life between London and Poland, from Poland he launched Hedonistic Events from its base in Lodz to promote events between there and other cities within Europe. Darren is also one of the founding members, promoters and lead of technical operations for L’tronica an Electronic Art & Sound festival based in Lodz central Poland.



BiFor Vol.2 - Lodz. Photo: Pawel Burchardt
Memento Mori - Williamsburg Lodz.