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Darren Emerson

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Darren Emerson (born 30 April 1971, Hornchurch, England) is a dance music DJ and previously a member of UK electronic outfit Underworld.

Emerson began mixing records at the age of 14 and by 16 was DJing regularly at local venues in Essex. He began to explore house music and quickly acquired a reputation as one of the top British DJs - demand for his services saw him playing at clubs such as The Milk Bar, Limelights and Venus.

In 1990, Martin Prudence, brother-in-law of Rick Smith, introduced Emerson to Karl Hyde who invited him to become the third member of Underworld. 1993’s dubnobasswithmyheadman was their commercial breakthrough onto the then burgeoning British electronic dance scene. While working on their second album, 1996’s Second Toughest in the Infants, they released the single “Born Slippy .NUXX”, which was an instant hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to the movie Trainspotting. 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 to concentrate more on his solo career as a DJ and remixer and also as a label owner. “Global Underground: Uruguay” (2000) and “Global Underground: Singapore” (2001) soon followed on the Global Underground label, with “Episode 1” on his new Underwater label following in 2002.

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