I am a dynamic, highly professional session singer. I've worked with Artists all around the world including Human Nature, Bachelor Girl, Vanessa Amarosi and more.
I can provide, quick and efficient vocals to a range of music styles including Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, Pop rock and country. I can also compose background harmonies if needed and deliver my vocals to your project in tune making the job take less time for anyone involved. Vocals can be used for demo purposes and release pending approval.
For my singing I have received 7 Music award nominations and have traveled the world singing in countries such as Dubai, China, Oman, Thailand, Australia and the US.
I also work as a tracking and mixing engineer in a reputable recording studio in Downtown New York. I specialize in tracking and mixing vocals but can also mix whole sessions if you require.
My Soundbetter clients are extremely important to me so you can expect highly professional work from my part.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
Reviews (15)Endorse Darren
Darren was very professional, respectful and always on time!
His performance was top notch and his general attitude was very pleasant.
Highly recommend, and will definitely return!
Darren was really helpful - timely and high quality work. A real pro. Will definitely use again!
AMAZING, just AMAZING. I couldn't be happier with this. Darren was super quick, has an amazing voice and is really easy to work with. Trust me, you won't be disappointed working with him.
Darren finished the job extremely timely and completed exactly what I had asked for more than adequately!
First time working with Darren. What a talented performer! I am looking forward to the next one that is worthy of his talent!
Darren is professional and has a super fast turnaround. I will be using him for my vocal tuning needs again.
Second job with Darren.definitely gonna work with him again for my next project!! thank you!!!
I am very happy with Darren, great singer!!!! I was impressed with how quickly he was able to finish the project. I am not an native English speaker but he understood exactly what I was looking for and made my song 100 times better!!!!!
Darren did a fabulous job on the vocals with an unbelievable turnaround time. Am looking forward to working with him again soon!
It's one thing to have a great set of pipes. It's quite another to "get" the entire scope of a project. Darren has it all - he sings his ass off and goes out of his way to add more magic to a project. Looking forward to the next time I can utilize his great talents.
Great to work with Darren. Nice, easy and in time. He came up with creative Solutions and brought power into the production. Amazing voice! Highly recommended!
A true professional and the exact voice I was looking for my project, highly recommended!
I was recommended by a recording studio owner to contact Darren to help arrange the music to my original song. I had the melody but needed help putting together the instrumentation. Darren quickly put everything I had in my head onto the piano. Darren was very easy to work with. I have now asked him to work on my upcoming EP.
I had Darren arrange some background vocals for a track of mine. I also hired him to sing them and what he came up with was absolutely awesome!! I will definitely be contacting again for my next project.
Darren mixed several beats of mine that came out amazing. He was fast, reliable to work with and even did some revisions for me. A true professional, creative, and problem solver. Would highly recommend his services as a producer, engineer, musician, and vocalist.
Interview with Darren
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I tracked, mixed and assistant mastered a track for a client about 4 months ago that ended up being released as a single. She was a fairly well known singer/songwriter in the New York scene. I tracked everything my self using a 64 channel SSL console. I mixed the track using the same console using all types of techniques like parallel compression with Analog compressors. I also performed and co-arranged Backing Vocals on the track with the artist. I'm very proud of the result that came out of that experience.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm programming some music for a client. He needs backing tracks for his upcoming live performances. I am also helping a client put chords to his original music in a sort of pre-production phase of recording his single. We will be going into the studio to track live instruments in a week.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you need female vocals I can totally recommend my friend Bea Go. She does some amazing work.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their uses. In most cases you can't beat an analog sounding unit but they are not always easy to get your hands on. Digital plug ins can make a process much speedier and also create a similar result if you are using the right plugins.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver a high quality performance that leaves you satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job is in the music industry. I love everything about it. I think if I had to chose a favorite thing it would, being part of the creative side of things.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How soon can you get this to me? My answer is. "When do you need it by" I always like to get things done as fast as possible. It's good for me to turnover projects faster and good for the client to have things back in a timely fashion. In saying that, I don't like to rush projects without putting the proper time and effort into it. I want my clients to come back time and again.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can only sing pop music. I am flexible in my styles from pop to RnB, from County to Classical.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: It would have to depend on the material that they present to me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I can provide you with an extremely high quality performance whether it be a vocal performance or you need your song mixed. Whatever you need doing, I will deliver an extremely professional performance with a quick turn around.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My guitar. My Neumann TLM 103, My computer with Protools. A set of speakers and a channel strip of some sort.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a professional singer since I was 13 years old. I am now 35 so I have been singing for 23 years. about 7 years ago I moved more into music production and Audio Engineering as well as continuing my singing career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is contemporary pop. Top 40. I try and create catchy music that sells.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with someone like Justin Timberlake. I believe he is just brilliant. He thinks outside the box when he creates music and pushes the boundaries and it almost always turns to gold!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The most important thing I've leant is to make sure your room is sonically sufficient. If your room is not treated, it is lying to your ears.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: So many different styles. Not a whole lot of Heavy metal. Mainly pop, Rnb and Hip Hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I've been a professional singer most of my life. So i would say my strongest skill would be my vocal ability. But I believe I bring a strong talent to many facets to the creation of music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a professional vocal that makes your song stand out from the rest. I also have the ability to add any effects to my own vocals, your vocals or your mix. I can also tune any vocals that you need tuned either with Auto Tune for the T-Pain effect or Melodyne for that subtle, realistic effect.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on the nature of the project, I will listen to the clients needs and address them in the most professional way.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a Grammy award winning recording studio in Downtown New York. It's called Engine Room Audio. I have access to some of the best Microphones in the world. Professional tracking booths and multi platform plugins. We use Lynx convertors and a variation of speakers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, Timberland, Im a huge Justin Timberlake fan.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Im predominantly a session singer, providing both Lead Vocals and Backing vocals. I am also capable of composing and arranging vocals for peoples projects.