Darren Tate is one of the world’s leading electronic music producers and film composers. Over the last twenty years he has had twelve top 40 UK singles, scored over twenty feature films, and worked with many of the worlds biggest music artists. In addition Darren formed Mondo Records back in 2000, which quickly became a leading platform to promote up and coming electronic music producers.
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Darren Tate and Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant joined forces for their synth-wave inspired alias, Joda. Their debut album was released on Anjunabeats and scored a No.1 position on iTunes Dance USA as well as forming the backdrop for BBC1’s coverage of the World Cup Final.
In 2021 Darren and Jono Grant (Above & Beyond|) collaborate again with the pair writing the original score for the United Nations backed IMAX motion picture “The Last Glaciers”. The album was later released on Anjunabeats, and also featured tracks from many of the labels best artists.
Darren produced a new album for legendary soul singer “Al Green” (who was immortalised with his single “Let’s Stay Together”, as featured in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”). Utilising the FAME Orchestra in Macedonia as well as legendary jazz music’s in New York, Darren’s new take on the soul icons most famous works was released around the world on Fat Possum Records.
Darren returned to his trance roots on esteemed label Anjunabeats. As well as gems such as “Cycles” and “Carry On”, his “Where We Go From Here” series (with Poloroids Danielle Rowe) was the first of many new EP ventures with the label.
Darren co-produced the album “The House and Garage Orchestra” creating modern full classical versions for many of the biggest hip-hop and garage tracks of all time. The album featured artists such as DJ Luck & MC Neat, Shola Ama, Kele Le Roc, Shelley Nelson and many other iconic artists.
Darren scores his first Hollywood feature length picture with Kenneth Lampl for Michael Berry’s “Frontera”. The epic award winning western drama starred Ed Harris in one of his finest roles, as well as incredibly performances by Michael Pena and Eva Longoria.
Darren, Boy George and Marc Vedo teamed up for the project “Funkysober”. They produced several singles included the summer anthem “Sunshine Into My Life” with Sharlene Hector.
Darren made his first appearance with the single “Electrified” on Anjunabeats with Harry Diamond (as Tate & Diamond). The record was later remixed by Mat Zo.
2009 Darren began two house projects, 8 Ball and Fish From Japan. Under those titles Darren produced over forty tracks, many being signed to the hottest house labels in the World such as Defected (Azulli), Toolroom, Spinnin’, Nurvous Records, Maison Kitsune, Bunny Tiger and Sex On Wax.
Darren Tate won the IBLA Grand Prize for his work “Dark Skies”, performed with The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (and later performed by other orchestras around the world). This also started his film collaboration with renowned film composer Kenneth Lampl, who was professor of music at Hofstra University in New York. The pair formed a composing partnership (as Tate & Lampl), collaborating on over twenty features films and short movies.
In 2007 Darren released “Perfect World”; his first major artist album as DT8 Project. Still considered to be one of the greatest trance albums of all time it featured performances by Mory Kante and Gavin Rossdale (Bush). The album also featured a bonus second CD with mixes by Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Sunny Lax, Alex Morph, Lange, Mike Koglin and many of the biggest names in clubland.
Darren began releasing his three part Horizons album series. The albums were packed with many of his iconic trance records such as “Echoes”, “Venus”, “Prayer For A God”, “When The Morning Comes” and “Let The Light Shine In” (with Jono Grant).
Darren scored his 12th top 40 UK single with “Winter” , featuring Andrea Britton and released by Ministry Of Sound Recordings. Darren was often headlining DJ events across the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto, while also hosting the Mondo Sessions Radio Show from the Ministry Of Sound studios in London.
Jurgen Vries released a reworking of Dido’s “Take My Hand” on Sony Records Direction imprint and Darren scored his 10th top 40 UK single. Later that year he he scored his 11th top 40 UK single with the single “The Sun Is Shining (Down On Me)”. This was also the first time Darren’s own label Mondo Records scored its first top 20 UK single.
Mondo Records released Darren’s first collaboration with Jono Grant (Above & Beyond) “Let The Light Shine In”, which often features in the top ten greatest trance records of all time. Darren and Jono later created another iconic club floor monster in the form of “Nocturnal Creatures”. It took a further seventeen years before the pair were to collaborate again.
Darren launched his iconic project “DT8 Project”. Destination featured Kim Wilde’s (“Kids In America”) younger sister Roxanne and became one of Darren’s most cherished records, as well as his 8th top 40 UK single; further immortalised by Above & Beyonds remix several years later.
The Theme hits no.11 in the UK top 40 singles chart and becomes one of the most successful dance records of all time. Jurgen Vries scored three further top forty records for Darren, including the No.3 UK smash “The Opera Song” with Charlotte Church, and “Wilderness”.
Darren launched his project “Jurgen Vries” with “The Theme”. Before long the record was played by every major DJ on BBC Radio 1, including Pete Tong, Judge Jules and Dave Pearce, most memorably when each DJ took their turn playing it at the Radio 1 weekender in Ibiza.
On New Years Eve Darren and Above & Beyond first met on a bus to Tokyo and became instant friends. Above & Beyond played their first ever set immediately after Darren that night. Jono and Darren later bonded in the early hours of 2002 at Freshness Burger in Roppongi and decided there to first collaborate. This would pave the way to the pair working on major albums and film scores.
Darren launched a new project “Orion” on Incentive Records with the single “Eternity” (considered by many as one of the great trance classics), scoring the producer another top 40 UK chart position. In addition he created the prelude to Jurgen Vries with “Citizen Caned – The Journey”, released on Serious Records.
On 16th June Darren made his first appearance with Amanda on “Top Of The Pops”. He later appeared twice more with Jurgen Vries.
Darren’s first major project was “Angelic” with then resident BBC Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules. Darren wrote the track; Jules wrote the lyrics, and his wife Amanda sung the songs. They did three singles together, all of them top 40 UK hits. The first and most revered was “It’s My Turn”, released in 2001 on Serious Records (later part of Universal Music).
On New Years Eve Darren and Above & Beyond first met on a bus to Tokyo and became instant friends. Above & Beyond played their first ever set immediately after Darren that night. Jono and Darren later bonded in the early hours of 2002 at Freshness Burger in Roppongi and decided there to first collaborate.