Darren Tate and Kenneth Lampl are two award winning pioneer composers with very different backgrounds who have each excelled in their individual fields of music production and composition. With years of experience between them in everything ranging from producing soundtracks for major Hollywood films to producing cutting edge music for celebrated international artists they represent one of the most exciting production teams for film, television and game scoring in the world.
This combination of immense talent gives Tate & Lampl clients a massive advantage over other production teams. As well as being able to work extremely rapidly with any medium they also employ the most sophisticated recording and production technology available to ensure that they are able to provide fresh and exciting new takes on established methods, while working within the boundaries of any given budget.
Ken Lampl at the age of 17 started studying saxophone with Lionel Hampton’s arranger and saxophonist Paul Jeffrey, after which he decided to make music his life’s work. For the next several years he practiced at least 7 hours a day, travelled, and honed his skills performing with the legendary jazz drummer Chico Hamilton at Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater and the JVC jazz festival.
While touring and finishing his degree in music. he began studying classical composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen. Under Wuorinen’s guidance Ken composed his first award winning orchestral piece Parallax, and while still a student, saw his work performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
“After that performance, I put down my saxophone forever, despite the fact that the critical reception was substantially less than positive.” Ken recalls. He continued to study composition in the doctoral program at the Juilliard School of Music and was then awarded a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival where he had the opportunity to study with his childhood musical hero, John Williams. “What I was most impressed by was not only the impeccable musicianship of Williams,” Ken notes, ” but his understanding of film. For him, film scoring was the unification of literature, psychology, philosophy and music, and that was immediately appealing to me. The door was opened, and I suddenly knew exactly where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do with my music.”
For Kenneth Lampl, there is no greater joy than composing music. “I always wanted to create music because it is an opportunity to bring something of beauty into the world – something that has not existed before – and enable people to experience that which lies beyond the immediate senses.”
Ken has since gone scoring over thirty feature films and has won a huge array of awards including: First Prize in Composition from the American Conservatory in Fontainbleau, the Joseph H. Bearns in Composition from Columbia University, The Gretchanov Prize in Composition from the Juilliard School, 8 ASCAP Concert Music Awards, 3 NJ State Council for the Arts Fellowships, and Fellowships from the Richard Rogers and Henry Mancini Foundations.
Darren Tate is a classically trained composer and record producer born in London, England. From an early age Darren studied piano, clarinet and guitar to an advanced level and later in life trained in orchestration and composition under leading British composer Phillip Venables.
Darren’s first major success came with the dance project entitled “Angelic” back in 2000 with BBC Radio 1’s Judge Jules. Since then he has written and produced over a dozen top 40 singles in the UK alone and worked with many leading international writers and artists from around the world, including George Michael, Charlotte Church, Boy George, Gavin Rossdale, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Hayley Westenra, Mory Kante, Bo Bruce, Kate Ryan, Roxanne Wilde, Amanda O’Riordan, My Digital Enemy, Estelle, Lisa Scott Lee, Shena McSwee, Kate Ryan, Above & Beyond, Leee John (Imagination), Kenny Thomas, Pippa Fulton, Ayumi Hamasaki, Andrea Britton, Mike Koglin, Victoria Horn, Rob Davis and many others.
Darren has personally recorded under the names “Angelic”, “Jurgen Vries”, “Funkysober”, “DT8 Project”, “Citizen Caned”, “Orion”, “8 Ball”, “Fish From Japan” and “Tate & Diamond”. In addition Tate’s music has appeared in films, television and games, including Darren Starr’s “The Streets”, BBC’s “Eastenders”, Electronic Arts “Fifa” world cup series, Sony’s “Playstation Eye” and many more.
Darren’s partnership with Kenneth Lampl came about in 2010. As well as picking up numerous awards the duo have scored many feature films including “Frontera” (dir. Michael Berry) starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria and Michael Pena, “Awakened” (dir. Joycelyn Engle, Arno Malarone) starring John Savage, Steven Bauer, “Scavenger Killers” (dir. Dylan Bank) starring Eric Roberts, Charles Durning, Robert Loggia, “The Under Shepherd” (dir. Russ Parr) starring Isaiah Washington, Louis Gossett Jr., Keith David, “How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song” (winner of the Raindance Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival) (dir. Gary King), Snapshot (dir. Eric Etabari), “Sid’s Paralysis” (dir. Babar Ahmed) and many more.
Darren also has an ever-growing reputation as one of the worlds premiere DJ’s, and he has performed alongside the world’s leading names including Tiesto, Amin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong, Ferry Corsten and many more. In addition Darren 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.