Darren ‘DT8’ Tate is an award winning international producer and DJ born in London, England. As a classically trained musician versatile in piano, guitar, clarinet and orchestration, Darren has earned his reputation as one of Europe's leading producers, having worked with a wide range of international artists and writers. He is also one of the worlds most successful dance producers, having had huge international hits with the likes of Jurgen Vries, Angelic, Orion, Citizen Caned and most recently DT8 Project. He has also worked with a huge array of top international artists and writers and has enjoyed much success in the areas of television, film and musical theatre.
Darren has given the world some of its biggest dance floor hits. He is best known for huge cross over projects such as Angelic (with Judge Jules - 'It's My Turn', 'Can't Keep Me Silent', 'Stay With Me'), Jurgen Vries ('The Theme', 'The Opera Song (Brave New World)', 'Wilderness') and most recently DT8 Project (Hold Me ‘Till The End, 'The Power Of One'). However closest to the hearts of the millions of clubbers out there are classics such as 'DT8 - Destination', 'Orion - Eternity', 'Let The Light Shine In’ (with Jono Grant), 'Prayer For A God' and his debut artist album ‘Horizons 01’.
2007 saw the full release of the highly anticipated and genre defining DT8 Project album ‘Perfect World’, which was branded one of the most inspired and original electronica albums of the year. The album also featured exclusive performances by many major international artists such as Gavin Rossdale and Mory Kante, and was remixed by many of the biggest names in dance music. In 2008 Darren took things up a gear with his stunning recording of “Dark Skies” with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, a work that went onto win a distinguished musician award from the IBLA Foundation. Then in 2009 Darren released “Horizons 02”, an album that featured many of Darren’s most popular anthems, such as “Echoes”, “When The Morning Comes”, “Chori Chori”, “On The 7thDay” and “I Would Die For You”.
In 2011 Darren announced a new film scoring partnership called “Brainstorm” with composer Kenneth Lampl (a multi award winning film composer). Since then they have been working together on various full length feature films due for release in 2012 including:
“The Under Shepherd” (Dir. Russ Parr)
“How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song” (Dir. Gary King)
“Sid’s Paralysis” (Dir. Babar Ahmed)
“Stand Off” (Dir. Chris R. Notarile)
“Attack of the Alien Jelly Monsters from the Depths of Uranus” (Dir. Justin Soponis)
Future projects currently in discussion including collaborations with writer Dean Craig (author of the no. 1 US box office smash “Death At A Funeral”), BBC writer Tony Grounds, film producer David Burns (Eden Films) and documentary producer Daniel J. Chalfen.
For more information on “Braintstorm” please visit www.brainstormmusic.net.
In 2011 Darren also announced various new projects. The first was “Funkysober”, a collaboration between veteran pop legend Boy George and Marc Vedo. The first Funkysober (entitled “Sunshine Into My Life) featured Sharlene Hector who performed with Basement Jaxx and was released on Very Good Records (a sub label of MN2S Records) summer 2011. The follow up “Into The Deep” featuring John Gibbons will be released in early 2012.
In addition Darren also announced several other projects including “Tate & Diamond” (with Harry Diamond from My Digital Enemy and The Sunset Strippers). The first release entitled “Turn It Back” (feat. Pippa Fulton) appeared on Defected Records in 2011 with the follow up “Electrified” due to be released on Anjunabeats early 2012. Darren has also been working alongside Capital Radio’s Christian and Andrew Wilson to secure a new deal with the Ministry Of Sound (who Darren previously worked with). Other projects include a new collaboration with Jim Credland as “Tate & Credland” and with Noel Labrosse as “8 Ball & Labrosse”. As “8 Ball” Darren has released various underground progressive house singles which have been supported by many of the world’s leading DJ’s including Pete Tong, Sasha, Roger Sanchez and Erick Morillo. Darren has also been producing for George Michael, Pitbull and T-Pain, My Digital Enemy and Future Sound of London (as Mental Cube), while still managing to put out his own releases on his own label (Mondo Records).
Darren was also approached in the later part of 2011 by Swiss Television to produce Switzerlands entry for “A song for Europe”. He has entered three projects, “Sound Boutique ft. Jodie Elms – When The Sun Goes Does”, “Sugar Express ft. Aruna – Candyland” and “HDT feat. Desi Valentine – Stand With Me”. Voting ends mid November.
Darren also has an ever-growing reputation as one of the worlds premiere DJ’s. As well as headlining major international events and touring across the globe he finds time to host the monthly ‘Mondo Sessions’ (with co-host Dale Corderoy), which is syndicated across a global international radio station network (including Ministry of Sound Radio, DI.FM, ETN, AH.FM, Slink FM, Rise FM, Fresh FM and others). In addition he has received rave reviews for his mix duties on albums such as ‘Beyond Euphoria (MOS)’, ‘Trance Republic (with John Askew and Agnelli & Nelson)’ and the hugely popular ‘Mondo Sessions’ series (co-mixed by Mike Koglin and Dale Corderoy).
Darren is also the director of Mondo Records Ltd (www.mondorecords.com), Mondo Music Publishing Ltd, Angelic Sounds Ltd and Mondo DJ’s (www.mondodjs.com).