Dj • Promoter • Audio Engineer

UK • Poland • Chile


Biography

From an early age, Darren held a strong passion for music and audio technology,

inspired by his uncle, Jon Machin a guitarist and music producer throughout the 60’s into the late 90’s. As a youth, Darren would raid his parent's record collection in search of music to fill his ears heart and soul.


With a staple diet of Rhythm & Blues, Funk, 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 artists and albums.

He 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 Pentangle.

With Joel’s keen tuition Darren learned guitar finger picking and “heavy blues” The pair would jam most days and come to play live at the odd local pub with other musicians. Darren’s 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. He later enrolled at the Leeds College of Music once placements became available the following year.


After his studies, Darren headed back to London in pursuit of work,

he landed a runners position with Coldcut's 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, supporting various up and coming Dj’s and bookings for professionally promoted club events throughout London, Darren started working as an audio & visual engineer.


He went on to work full-time for two major film post production studio facilities in central London.

Through those career developments, Darren continued his musical pursuits as a Dj, playing many bars, clubs and A-list venues throughout central London and parts of Europe to present day.

As well as securing weekly residencies and promoting his own successful club events, “SoulSonic” and “Turn-ON” with fellow Italian, Dj Deep “S”.

Darren supported and shared events and bookings with some of the industries top Dj’s/Producers and performing artists of various genres from D&B to Techno since early 2000.


Since relocating to Poland Darren launched Hedonistic Events from its base in Łódź during summer 2015 to promote private and club events between Poland and other cities within Europe. Darren is also one of the promoters, main stage booker & lead of technical operations for L’tronica Art & Sound festival. held in Łódź.

Darren uses;

Vinyl • CDJ's • Ableton Live • Native Instruments • Pioneer • Technics • Sennheiser and Korg equipment during in his Live/Dj sets.