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Darren Tate
Birth name Darren Tate
Also known as Citizen Caned, DT8 Project, Angelic, Orion
Born 22 October 1972 (1972-10-22) (age 37)
London, England
Genres Trance
Occupations Producer
Years active 2000 – present
Labels Mondo Records
Associated acts Judge Jules
Website Official Site

Darren Tate (born 22 October 1972, London[1]) is an record producer and club DJ.


Biography and personality

As a classically trained musician, Tate has worked with international artists and songwriters with whom he collaborates regularly. He has also worked in the areas of television, film and musical theatre.

One of Tate's earliest memories in an interview he gave with International DJ magazine was pushing comedian Ronnie Corbett into a swimming pool when he was 3. He started life in the public spotlight early, appearing in various television advertisements. During his childhood he attended boarding school for ten years. As he got older he was trained in several classical musical instruments, 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 was "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack. In the same interview it was revealed that three of his biggest influences in his life were Stevie Wonder, John Williams and Brian Eno. Tate has a son who was born in February 2006.

Music career

Cover of the Horizons01 album

Like many of his fellow DJs, Tate has used a large number of pseudonyms. His first project was a joint effort with Judge Jules in 2000. Together with Jules's wife, Amanda O'Riordan, they named themselves Angelic. 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 presence came with "The Opera Song", which featured Charlotte Church, credited on the sleeve as CMC. Several compilations of dance tunes by major record labels 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, the second containing remixes 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 network (including Ministry of Sound Radio, DI.FM, ETN, Rise FM, Fresh FM 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,[2] 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 that he was doing some movie work.

In 2008 Tate completed a track for the film, Royal Kill, 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).

Chart hits to date

Cover of the Perfect World album
  • June 2000 "It's My Turn" #11 UK (Angelic)
  • 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" #3 UK (Jurgen Vries feat. CMC)
  • May 2003 "Destination" #23 UK (DT8 feat. Roxanne Wilde)
  • October 2003 "Wilderness" #20 UK (Jurgen Vries feat. Shena)
  • June 2004 "Take My Hand" #23 UK (Jurgen Vries feat. Andrea Britton) - A cover of Dido's 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)
  • August 2008 "I Surrender" - #4 Flemish Ultratip chart, #21 Wallonia Ultratip chart, #12 Dutch chart (co-written with, and performed by, Kate Ryan

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)
  • "Venus" (Darren Tate)
  • January 2006 "Horizons 01" (Darren Tate) - Tate's first album
  • September 2006 "Narama" (DT8 Project feat. Mory Kante)
  • 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) and "Perfect World" album


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