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Darren Emerson

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  • Born: Hornchurch, England
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

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Best known for his groundbreaking work with electronic trio Underworld, DJ Darren Emerson was born April 30, 1971 in Hornchurch, England and began mixing records at the age of 14. Originally influenced by hip-hop, he soon began exploring house music, but was working as a runner in London's stock exchange when he joined the Underworld lineup in 1990. Emerson's addition inspired the group's turn towards techno, and with the 1993 release of Dubnobasswithmyheadman Underworld emerged as one of the leaders of the electronica movement, scoring their commercial breakthrough with the Trainspotting soundtrack contribution "Born Slippy." A noted remixer, Emerson also retooled tracks from acts including Bjork and the Chemical Brothers in addition to releasing solo collections like 1997's Cream Separates; he left Underworld in the spring of 2000, releasing the Global Underground: Uruguay mix soon after. The Singapore mix appeared the next summer.