Darren Styles is a DJ & producer that’s never far from the forefront of the harder styles of electronic dance music worldwide. Whether you’re watching one of his electrifying DJ sets or listening to one of his many groundbreaking productions, it’s clear that Darren Styles is a true master of his art. With over 25 years experience in a cut throat industry under his belt, Darren has truly stood the test of time and continued to evolve into an artist that means as much today as when he first burst onto the scene.
From his early days in the UK rave scene, Darren Styles talent was clear from the outset. Responsible for anthems such as Pretty Green Eyes & Heart of Gold (with friend Paul Force under the ‘Force & Styles’ banner) and You’re Shining & Heartbeatz (with Mark Breeze as ‘Breeze & Styles’), Darren has featured in the UK Top 20 Singles Chart numerous times over the years. In 2008 Darren found solo success with the release of his debut album SkyDivin’, which entered the UK Album chart at number 4 and sold over a quarter of a million copies. His mix compilations have sold well over 1 million copies over the last 15 years.
Most artists would be content with those accolades under their belt, but never one for standing still, Darren has reached new heights of his career over the last 6 years. As the first UK Hardcore artist to play world-renowned festival EDC Las Vegas back in 2013, Darren has been a staple on the Basscon stage every year since. Over the last 2 years Darren has achieved some of the most significant moments of his career so far as he ticked off debut sets at Europe’s biggest festivals including Tomorrowland, Parookaville, Defqon 1 and Creamfields. The YouTube views on those sets alone are testament to how well received Darren is on the worldwide festival circuit. Sell out headline shows are par for the course too as Darren has sold out legendary venues such as The Exchange & Academy in Los Angeles plus played to 20,000 people at the sold out Knockout Circuz events in Sydney. Whether it’s an intimate club or huge festival, you know that Darren Styles will keep the crowd in the palm of his hands throughout the full set.
His productions have gone from strength to strength too as his studio work, both solo and collaborations, continues to take the Beatport charts by storm. His partnership with Norwegian hardstyle act Da Tweekaz has not only created some of hard dance’s biggest tracks (Partystarter, Heroes and Crash & Burn), his friendship with the duo launched the record label ‘Electric Fox’, which was without doubt one of the biggest hard dance labels of 2018 with every track released on the label reaching #1 on Beatport. Darren’s work with EDM duo W&W on the track Long Way Down catapulted him to a whole new audience, who now listen intently to each track Darren releases. His track Switch is arguably one of the most versatile tracks of recent years, featuring in every big name DJ’s sets over the last few years. With over 1 million monthly Spotify listeners too, Darren’s music is still resonating the world over.
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