Darren started playing drums at the age of 11 and cut his teeth with the highly acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) where he held the drum chair for 5 years. This gig led on to playing with the Andy Ross Orchestra of “Come Dancing” fame and then on to a 11-year stint with The Drifters – for the last seven years as musical director.
Darren was the house drummer at the famous Monday night jam sessions held at the 10 Rooms in Central London where he backed many leading artists in contemporary music such as The Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Will Young, Phats and Small, Sean Paul, Will Smith, Joss Stone, Lucie Silvas, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Shola Ama, Black Eyed Peas, Amy Winehouse, Gwen Guthrie, Romina Johnson, Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Roachford, Kelle LeRoc, Alex Holland, Omar, Roy Ayers and more.
Over the course of his career Darren has also performed with D:REAM, The Dub Pistols, Laura and the Tears, Me’sha Bryan, Katrina Leskanich (ex-Katrina and the Waves), The Fizz (Formerly Bucks Fizz), guitars greats Larry Carlton, Richard Smith and Mattias ‘IA’ Eklundh and west-end musicals: Mamma Mia and Joseph.
With concerts for the Black Police Association (BPA) at the Royal Festival Hall, Darren has performed with Maxi Priest, Carleen Anderson, Yolanda Brown, Cameron Pierre, Guvna B, Hersha Bailey and The London Community Gospel Choir.
To this day, Darren continues to be an active session player and delivers masterclasses at music schools and colleges throughout Europe where he shares his knowledge, experience and passion for music and playing the drums.
Darren has written for two of the UK’s most popular drum magazines: Rhythm and Drummer covering topics such as drumset ergonomics, odd time playing, advanced techniques and more.
Darren is also an active member of The Drum Institute Faculty based at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in Kilburn, London and BIMM in Birmingham. Darren holds a PG cert qualification in higher education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).