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Darren Tate is an English
English people
The English are a nation and ethnic group native to England, who speak English. The English identity is of early mediaeval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Anglecynn. England is now a country of the United Kingdom, and the majority of English people in England are British Citizens...

 record producer
Record producer
A record producer is an individual working within the music industry, whose job is to oversee and manage the recording of an artist's music...

 and club DJ
Disc jockey
A disc jockey, also known as DJ, is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Originally, "disc" referred to phonograph records, not the later Compact Discs. Today, the term includes all forms of music playback, no matter the medium.There are several types of disc jockeys...

.

Biography and personality


As a classically trained musician, Tate has worked with international artists
Musician
A musician is an artist who plays a musical instrument. It may or may not be the person's profession. Musicians can be classified by their roles in performing music and writing music.Also....* A person who makes music a profession....

 and songwriter
Songwriter
A songwriter is an individual who writes both the lyrics and music to a song. Someone who solely writes lyrics may be called a lyricist, and someone who only writes music may be called a composer...

s with whom he collaborates regularly. He has also worked in the areas of television
Television
Television is a telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome or colored, with accompanying sound...

, film
Film
A film, also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still or moving images. It is produced by recording photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects...

 and musical theatre
Musical theatre
Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an...

.

One of Tate's earliest memories in an interview he gave with International DJ magazine
Magazine
Magazines, periodicals, glossies or serials are publications, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by pre-paid magazine subscriptions, or all three...

 was pushing comedian Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Corbett
Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett, OBE is a Scottish actor and comedian of Scottish and English parentage who had a long association with Ronnie Barker in the British television comedy series The Two Ronnies...

 into a swimming pool when he was aged three. He started life in the public spotlight early, appearing in various television advertisement
Television advertisement
A television advertisement or television commercial, often just commercial, advert, ad, or ad-film – is a span of television programming produced and paid for by an organization that conveys a message, typically one intended to market a product...

s. During his childhood he attended boarding school for ten years. As he got older he was trained in several classical musical instrument
Musical instrument
A musical instrument is a device created or adapted for the purpose of making musical sounds. In principle, any object that produces sound can serve as a musical instrument—it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument. The history of musical instruments dates back to the...

s, studied Music at Leeds University and enjoyed success in television, film and musical theatre.

In a DMC magazine interview of March 2007 Tate stated that his favourite record
Gramophone record
A gramophone record, commonly known as a phonograph record , vinyl record , or colloquially, a record, is an analog sound storage medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove...

 was "Unfinished Sympathy
Unfinished Sympathy
"Unfinished Sympathy" is a song by English electronica group Massive Attack, from their debut album Blue Lines . The song was written collaboratively by the members of the group , with Jonathan "Jonny Dollar" Sharp and Shara Nelson, the latter providing lead vocals for the song...

" by Massive Attack
Massive Attack
Massive Attack are an English DJ and trip hop duo from Bristol, England consisting of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall. Working with co-producers, as well as various session musicians and guest vocalists, they make records and tour live. The duo are considered to be of the trip...

. In the same interview it was revealed that three of his biggest influences in his life were Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris , better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist...

, John Williams
John Williams
John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning almost six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of motion pictures, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T...

 and Brian Eno
Brian Eno
Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno , commonly known as Brian Eno or simply as Eno , is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.Eno studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex,...

. Tate has a son who was born in February 2006.

Music career



Like many of his fellow DJs, Tate has used a large number of pseudonym
Pseudonym
A pseudonym is a name that a person assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym...

s. His first project was a joint effort with Judge Jules
Judge Jules
Judge Jules is a British dance music DJ and producer, known for his DJ activities and popular radio show which achieved global success.-Education:...

 in 2000. Together with Jules's wife, Amanda O'Riordan, they named themselves Angelic
Angelic (band)
Angelic was a British trance band featuring Darren Tate, Judge Jules and Jules's wife, Amanda O'Riordan.- History :In 1999, when Judge Jules and Darren Tate launched the collaboration Angelic, Judge Jules was already a successful club and radio DJ. For Darren Tate, the project was the beginning of...

. Later the same year, he cut a few tracks under the name Orion. September 2002 saw the return of Tate under the name Jurgen Vries. Since then, he has used the name DT8 and most recently was part of DT8 Project. His most successful track in terms of chart
Record chart
A record chart is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity during a given period of time. Examples of music charts are the Hit parade, Hot 100 or Top 40....

 presence came with "The Opera Song
The Opera Song (Brave New World)
The Opera Song is a 2003 single by Jurgen Vries and Charlotte Church. She was credited as CMC because her label was concerned about the press' reaction if her change from classical to pop flopped. According to her autobiography, people tried to guess the identity of CMC before her identity was...

", which featured Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church
Charlotte Maria Church is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States...

, credited on the sleeve as CMC. Several compilations
Compilation album
A compilation album is an album featuring tracks from one or more performers, often culled from a variety of sources The tracks are usually collected according to a common characteristic, such as popularity, genre, source or subject matter...

 of dance tunes by major record label
Record label
In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Most commonly, a record label is the company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing and promotion,...

s have been mixed by Tate and reached the charts. Tate's first album (released under his own name) was issued in 2006 and entitled Horizons 01. The first official DT8 Project album, called Perfect World, was released on 1 October 2007. It was a double album
Double album
A double album is an audio album which spans two units of the primary medium in which it is sold, typically records and compact discs....

, the second containing remix
Remix
A remix is an alternative version of a recorded song, made from an original version. This term is also used for any alterations of media other than song ....

es from other producers.

Tate is also known as a DJ. As well as headlining many events and touring, he hosts the monthly ‘Mondo Sessions’ (with co-host Dale Corderoy) which is syndicated across an international radio station
Radio station
Radio broadcasting is a one-way wireless transmission over radio waves intended to reach a wide audience. Stations can be linked in radio networks to broadcast a common radio format, either in broadcast syndication or simulcast or both...

 network (including Ministry of Sound Radio, DI.FM, ETN, Rise FM, Fresh FM
Fresh FM
Fresh 92.7 is a not-for-profit community radio station based in Adelaide, Australia broadcasting at a frequency of 92.7 MHz...

, KIK FM
KIK FM
KIK FM is a dance music station located in Darwin, Australia broadcasting on the frequencies 91.5 MHz, 88 MHz, and online. The first broadcast went to air in 1995, focusing on the club culture of the world. In 2001 a few shows were picked up by the station, and the 5 PM Mix Massive time slot was born...

 and others). In addition he has performed mixing duties on albums such as Beyond Euphoria (MOS), Trance Republic (with John Askew and Agnelli & Nelson) and most recently Mondo Sessions 001 with Mike Koglin.

Tate has also recorded under the name Citizen Caned and now heads Mondo Records
Mondo records
Mondo Records is a trance record label created and owned by Darren Tate. It was set up in 2000 to help promote young producers of electronic music as well as find the best unknowns. Some of the most famous names on the label include Flash Brothers, The Green Martian, Hemstock and Jennings, Corderoy...

, a company which he started in 2000. Also included in the Mondo umbrella are Mondo Publishing (established in 2004) and Mondo DJs (formed in 2007). In January 2008 Tate revealed during an interview on his official website
Website
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 that he was doing some movie work.

In 2008 Tate completed a track for the film, Royal Kill
Royal Kill
Royal Kill is a 2009 psychological thriller starring Academy Award nominees Eric Roberts and Pat Morita, along with Lalaine and professional wrestler Gail Kim. The movie is directed by Babar Ahmed. The movie was released April 10, 2009 in theaters...

, which can be heard over the credits at the end of the film. He also released Horizons 02 as an EP.

In 2009 Tate was given a special mention and distinguished musician award by the IBLA Foundation for his classical work "Dark Skies" recorded with the CNSO (Czech National Symphony Orchestra) in Prague (October 2008).

In 2011 Tate announced several new projects, including Funkysober with Boy George
Boy George
Boy George is a British singer-songwriter who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the early 1980s. He helped give androgyny an international stage with the success of Culture Club during the 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by...

 and Marc Vedo, and Tate & Diamond with Harry Diamond. The first Funkysober single "Sunshine Into My Life" features vocals by Sharlene Hector and is due out in summer of 2011 on Very Good Records. The first Tate & Diamond single "Turn It Back" features Pippa Fulton and is due out in summer of 2011 on Defected Records
Defected Records
- History :Established in 1999 by former AM:PM and Cooltempo A&R man Simon Dunmore, Defected's first release was Soulsearcher's "I Can't Get Enough" which reached No.5 in the UK singles chart. This early success was followed up with Roger Sanchez's "Another Chance", which hit No.1 in the UK singles...

. In addition Tate announced the launch of a collaborative film scoring project entitled Brainstorm with composer Kenneth Lampl. The first film they have completed together is called Sid's Paralysis by director Babar Ahmed
Babar Ahmed
This article is about the British writer. For the terrorism suspect, see Babar AhmadBabar Ahmed is a British/American writer/director of Pashtun and Pakistani descent...

.

Chart hits to date


  • June 2000 "It's My Turn" #11 UK (Angelic
    Angelic (band)
    Angelic was a British trance band featuring Darren Tate, Judge Jules and Jules's wife, Amanda O'Riordan.- History :In 1999, when Judge Jules and Darren Tate launched the collaboration Angelic, Judge Jules was already a successful club and radio DJ. For Darren Tate, the project was the beginning of...

    )
  • October 2000 "Eternity" #38 UK (Orion)
  • February 2001 "Can't Keep Me Silent" #12 UK (Angelic)
  • April 2001 "The Journey" #41 UK (Citizen Caned)
  • November 2001 "Stay With Me" #36 UK (Angelic)
  • September 2002 "The Theme" #13 UK (Jurgen Vries)
  • February 2003 "The Opera Song
    The Opera Song (Brave New World)
    The Opera Song is a 2003 single by Jurgen Vries and Charlotte Church. She was credited as CMC because her label was concerned about the press' reaction if her change from classical to pop flopped. According to her autobiography, people tried to guess the identity of CMC before her identity was...

    " #3 UK (Jurgen Vries feat. CMC
    Charlotte Church
    Charlotte Maria Church is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States...

    )
  • May 2003 "Destination" #23 UK (DT8 feat. Roxanne Wilde)
  • October 2003 "Wilderness" #20 UK (Jurgen Vries feat. Shena
    Shena
    Shèna is an English disco and nu-disco vocalist, who began her musical career when she graduated with honours from the Royal Academy of Music , with a Classical, Musical Theatre and Commercial Music Performer's Diploma and Teacher's Certificate.Shèna first performed in musicals Mamma I Want to...

    )
  • June 2004 "Take My Hand
    Take My Hand
    "Take My Hand" is a song written by Dido Armstrong and Richard Dekkard and is the closing track on Dido's multi-million selling 1999 album No Angel. The song starts in a strong and broody mood and builds up to a crescendo of strings and guitar at the end....

    " #23 UK (Jurgen Vries feat. Andrea Britton
    Andrea Britton
    Andrea Britton is a British singer-songwriter and a soulful dance|trance music|trance vocalist.-Biography:Britton's single "Am I on Your Mind?", recorded with Oxygen, made it to #30 on the UK Singles Chart in late 2002. In 2005, she had another hit single, "Winter", with DT8 Project, which made #35...

    ) - A cover of Dido's
    Dido (singer)
    Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong , known as Dido, is an English singer-songwriter.Dido shot to worldwide success with her debut album, No Angel...

     track of the same name
  • August 2004 "The Sun Is Shining (Down On Me)" #17 UK (DT8 Project feat. Rob Li)
  • March 2005 "Winter" #35 UK (DT8 Project feat. Andrea Britton
    Andrea Britton
    Andrea Britton is a British singer-songwriter and a soulful dance|trance music|trance vocalist.-Biography:Britton's single "Am I on Your Mind?", recorded with Oxygen, made it to #30 on the UK Singles Chart in late 2002. In 2005, she had another hit single, "Winter", with DT8 Project, which made #35...

    )
  • August 2008 "I Surrender" - #4 Flemish Ultratip chart, #21 Wallonia Ultratip chart, #12 Dutch chart (co-written with, and performed by, Kate Ryan
    Kate Ryan
    Kate Ryan is a Belgian World Music Award winner. She began her singing career in 2001 and later found fame with a string of dance hits. These included covers, mostly of Mylène Farmer and France Gall, such as "Désenchantée", "Libertine" and "Ella, elle l'a" as well as new material...

    )

Other notable remixes and club hits

  • "See Me Here" (Orion with uncredited vocals by Rebecca Raines)
  • "The Other Love" (Darren Tate vs Blue Amazon) - A remix of the original Blue Amazon track
  • "Prayer For A God" (Darren Tate)
  • "Nocturnal Creatures" (Darren Tate & Jono Grant)
  • "Let The Light Shine In" (Darren Tate & Jono Grant)
  • October 2005 "Venus" (Darren Tate)
  • January 2006 "Horizons 01" (Darren Tate) - Tate's first album
  • September 2006 "Narama" (DT8 Project feat. Mory Kante
    Mory Kanté
    Mory Kanté is a vocalist and player of the kora harp. He was born into one of Guinea's best known families of griot musicians...

    )
  • April 2007 "Hold Me Till The End" (DT8 Project feat. Alexta)
  • July 2007 "Echoes / Chori Chori" (Darren Tate)
  • January 2008 "Perfect World" (DT8 Project feat. Maria Willson
    Maria Willson
    Maria Willson is a British singer who first found fame on Michael Barrymore's My Kind of People with a host of television and radio performances following. In 2003 and 2004, she released two Top 40 hit singles, "Chooza Looza" reaching #29 and "Mr. Alibi" getting to #38 in the UK Singles Chart. She...

    ) and "Perfect World" album

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