Darren Emerson Shares His Top 5 Lists

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
January 15, 2019

Darren Emerson Shares His Top 5 Lists

Electronic dance music legend Darren Emerson has contributed to the scene in a massive way and continues to do so, holding down a massive 30 year career, selling millions of albums and playing some of the biggest festivals on the planet! He is continuously upholding a busy tour schedule, both alone and with Danny Howells and Dave Seaman as 3D, as well as running his brilliant Detone label.

Darren has just launched his exciting new mix compilation series called Evolve, highlighting his evolution as an artist with tracks old and new, amidst some of the best musical output from Detone’s artists.

We took the opportunity to catch up with the main man to ask him about his top 5 favorite tracks, places he has visited in 2018, all-time favorite performances and more!

What are your current Top 5 favorite tracks?

Here are a few tracks I’m playing out at the moment:

1 Kassian – Faux Polynesia – Phonica White 20

2. Darren Emerson – Scratcher – Detone

3. Sei A – Tunnels – Aus Music

4. Danny Howells – Earthlings X (Jimpster Remix) – Selador

5. Made By Pete, Penny F – Safe House (Dave DK Instrumental) Gruuv

What are your top 5 favorite all-time performances?

This is too hard to pick just 5 as I’ve had so many great shows over the years, but here’s a few:

  • Exit Festival 2000 in Novi Stad. The very first one… AMAZING!!
  • The End in London
  • Bogota at Gotica for the Global Underground party

  • Glastonbury (Underworld), headlining Pyramid stage!

  • Space, Ibiza in the early ’90s before the terrace. On Sunday mornings the place was wild
  • Japan: Most clubs and festivals I’ve performed over the last 25 years such as Rainbow in 2000,  Yellow, WOMB, Circus, Joule, Ageha, Metamorphose, FUJI Rock, Ultra!

  • Pacha, Ibiza for my Underwater residency
  • The 3D South America Tour

What are your Top 5 career-influential tracks?

1. Serious Intention – You don’t Know

Definitely up there as one of my all-time favorite tracks. Just perfect. Love the effects on this, the delays and pitching up the vocal, just great. I suppose you could say one of “those” many tracks that started House.

2. Manuel Göttsching – E2E4

A true masterpiece. What a groove. The way things keep moving with the step sequencers. Love it! I bet he was chuffed once he made this. It had a big influence on me, especially the non-stop hypnotic groove.

3. Kraftwerk – Space Lab

Kraftwerk… The guvners! Ahead of their time with amazing catchy melodies. I chose this track as it’s pretty fucking cool, but then I could have chosen any other one.

4. The Wild Style Film

This was the one. It was a cool documentary/film – real, raw and not polished and with a great soundtrack. Grandmaster Flash and the like were a big influence. I was lucky to have 2 turntables when I was 14 and all I did every day was practice the art of cutting and scratching.

5. Garry Newman – Cars

What do I say about this? Just an absolute monster of a track and I will never get bored listening to it, I just love it. The chords… wow!

What are your top 5 tracks from artists you’ve released on your Detone label?

In no particular order:

1. G Flame, Bump

2. Fundamental Harmonics, Gienah

3. SAYTEK LIVE, Marimba

4. Darren Emerson & Jamie McHugh, Dark Matter (Kingpin Cartel Mix)

5. John Tejada & Justin Maxwell, Dazzle

What are the Top 5 destinations you visited in 2018?

Machu Pichu in Peru
Japan: Osaka, Hakuba and Tokyo
San Fransisco

Lastly, name the Top 5 things you enjoy doing outside of music.

Running, cooking, football and hanging with my family!

Darren Emerson Evolve compilation is out now on Detone Records and available on Beatport here

Cover Image by Dan Reid