Since moving to the UK as a 14 year old, Darius’ fascination with electronic music has never waned, having initially been infected by its futuristic lure at an underground party back in 1991. Taking formative influences from New York, Detroit and Chicago masters such as Kenny Dope, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick May, DJ Sneak and Carl Craig, a pure and unadulterated house sound has always been Darius’ pre-occupation in place of passing fads or zeitgeist defining trends.
The last few years have been a blur to say the least. Tirelessly touring, remixing, producing as well as taking on new musical commitments has seen Darius catapulted from ‘the worker’s champion’ in Ibiza to an international brand that is a symbol of non-conformist DJing and a musical pigeon hole destroyer all rolled into one.
Anyone that knows Darius via his social media circles, knows he’s not one to sit quietly while anyone with a poorly formed opinion is negative about the scene he so clearly loves. This is one of the many reasons for Darius’s bonafide popularity. He does not care about DJ top 100 charts, who is cool and who’s not. He cares about playing the music he loves and giving the dance floor the best night of their lives.
Darius’ success in Ibiza over recent years is partly down to releases on labels such as Get Physical, VIVa Music, Hot Creations, 8 bit, Avotre & many more huge labels, but equally his residencies for key parties on the island. The first was as a 2 year resident DJ at Steve Lawler’s much loved VIVa Warriors party, after which Darius teamed up with the Sankeys brand to relaunch the legendary Tribal Sessions night, where Darius’ position as Musical Director and main resident DJ, helped Tribal instantly become one of the hottest parties on the island in its first year. The annual clubbing awards in Ibiza voted it Best Night at Sankeys, as well as Darius as Best House DJ of 2014. Usually he would take this with a pinch of salt but it was voted for by the public, which is the only real opinion that Darius recognises. This lead to a Tribal relaunch in Manchester and saw every show become a sell out. This residency won Darius DJ Magazine’s Best of British award for best resident DJ of 2014.
2015 is proving to be another huge year for Darius. Relentless touring, spreading his sound around the world has now seen him play pretty much every major festival in the world taking in too many countries to list, spread over every continent on the globe.
His rather public split with Sankeys changed his summer plans with shows including Space Opening Fiesta, Kehakuma at Space and his newest residency Do Not Sleep at Vista alongside his brothers in arms Sidney Charles & Sante who repaid Darius’ faith in them by leaving Sankeys also to work with him on this new venture Do Not Sleep.
As of October 2015, Darius has new music coming via DJ Sneak’s ‘I’m A House Gangster’ label, Sante’s Avotre, not to mention the launch of his own Do Not Sleep imprint, which will add a musical dimension to the name of his white-hot Ibiza parties, which became the talk of the island in summer 2015, and whose attendances led to add-on Do Not Sleep appearances at HYTE and Space Closing. His career to date would show you that Darius has not broken the mould of what a modern house & techno DJ should be, he chooses to follow in the footsteps of the house scene’s forefathers, and has the ability and intuition to link the past and future together.