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Pop/Dance Music 19/2/10

By Patric Baird

DJ Darren Styles (pictured) will feel right at home playing a set at Traks in Portrush tomorrow night.

The bracing sea air will doubtless remind him of his childhood home in Clacton-on-Sea and bring back memories of his first gigs at Oscar's Nightclub at the end of the renowned seaside resort’s historic pier.

He's come a long way since spinning tunes for the Essex ravers in 1991, becoming recognised as one of the biggest names in global dance music.

After forming production duo Force & Styles in 1995, Darren set up his own label, UK Dance, and by 1997 they had released several hugely popular hardcore tracks, including Heart of Gold and Pretty Green Eyes.

In addition to picking up just about every dance music award going, Force & Styles were the first hardcore DJs to guest on Pete Tong's Essential Mix radio show.

In 2001 Darren teamed up with Mark Breeze, releasing more trance-influenced songs and scoring two Top 20 singles.

His first solo album, 2008's Skydivin', went to number four in the UK album charts, followed up last year with numerous sell-out gigs across the world.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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