Darren Emerson

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, Karl Hyde 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 world wide.
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, on which he has so far released the club tracks Gracelands and Decisions; meanwhile he continues his relentless globe trotting DJ schedule.

Selected discography Darren Emerson

Dark Matter Variance Recordings 2009
Crash Jack (12") GU Music 2008
Scorchio (12") Deconstruction 2000
H2O (12", S/Sided, Promo, Blu) Underwater Records 2002
Bouncer (12") Underwater Records 2005
H2O 050 EP (12", EP, Yel) Underwater Records 2005
Dubnobasswithmyheadman (CD, Album) Junior Boy's Own 1993
Second Toughest In The Infants (CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT
Beaucoup Fish (CD, Album) V2 Records, Inc. 1999


Passion (12") Passion (D. Emerson Mix) Effective Records 1992
Tonto's Drum (12") Tonto's Drum (Darren E... Not On Label 1992
Human Behaviour (CD, Maxi) Human Behaviour (Under... One Little Indian
Spaced Invader (2x12") Spaced Invader (Darren... Defected 2000
Sunset (Bird Of Prey) (Darren Emerson Remix) (12", S/Sided, Promo) Skint Records 2000
Alien Radio Remixed (CD, Album) Alien Radio (Darren Em... Soma Quality Recordings 2002
David (12", Promo, Ltd, Red) David (Darren Emerson'... Underwater Records 2002
Let's Get Ill (CD, Maxi) Let's Get Ill (Darren ... Universal Records 2003
Star Catching Girl (2x12") Star Catching Girl (Da... F3 Recordings 2003


Airdrawndagger (2xCD, Album, Ltd) Scorchio BMG (Japan) 2002

DJ Mixes:

Global Underground 036: Bogota (2xCD) Boxed 2009
Global Underground 015: Uruguay (2xCD) Boxed 2000
Global Underground 020: Singapore (2xCD, Ltd) Boxed 2001
Mixmag Live! Vol. 13 (Techno Fruit) (Cass) DMC Publishing 1994
Essential Mix 2 (2xCD) FFRR 1996
Cream Separates - The Collection (3xCD) Deconstruction 1997
Cream Separates 01 - Mixed By Darren Emerson (CD) Deconstruction 1997
The Interview & Darren Emerson Mix (2xCD) Junior Boy's Own 1999
Underwater Episode 1 (2xCD) Underwater Records 2002
Underwater Episode 2 (Mixed By Darren Emerson & Mutiny) (2xCDr, Promo) Underwater Records 2003
Underwater Episode 3 (Mixed By Darren Emerson & Paul Jackson) (2xCD) Underwater Records 2004
Underwater Episode 4 (Mixed By Darren Emerson & Sharam Jey) (2xCD) Underwater Records 2005
Underwater Episode V (2xCD) Underwater Records 2006

Appears On:

Trainspotting: Music From The Motion Picture (CD, Comp) Born Slippy (NUXX) EMI Premier 1996
Wipeout 2097: The Soundtrack (CD) Leave Home (Underworld... Virgin, Virgin 1996
Dirty (12") Junior Boy's Own 1992
Te Quiero (12") Te Quiero (Darren Emer... Brute Records 1992
Dubnobasswithmyheadman (CD, Album) Junior Boy's Own 1993
Mmm... Skyscraper I Love You (CD, Maxi) Boy's Own Recordings, Boy's Own Recordings 1993
Mmm... Skyscraper I Love You (12") Boy's Own Recordings 1993
Cowgirl (12", Promo) Intercord Tonträger GmbH 1994
Dark & Long (CD, EP) April Records 1994
Dark & Long 1 (12") Junior Boy's Own 1994
Spikee / Dogman Go Woof (12") Junior Boy's Own 1994
Big Mouth / Dirty (12") Junior Boy's Own 1995
Born Slippy (CD, Maxi) Junior Boy's Own 1995
Journeys By DJ (Cass, Album) Dog Man Go Woof Select Magazine 1995
Leave Home (CD, Single, Promo) Virgin France S.A. 1995
Rez / Cowgirl (12") Junior Boy's Own 1995
Northern Exposure (4xLP, Comp) Dark And Long Ministry Of Sound 1996
Second Toughest In The Infants (2xCD, Album) Logic Records, BMG 1996
Beaucoup Fish (CD, Album) V2 Records, Inc. 1999
Global Underground 012: Buenos Aires (2xCD) Jumbo (François K & R... Boxed 1999
Renaissance: The Mix Collection (3xCD, Rem) Dirty Renaissance 2004

and many, more
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