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A member of the infamous Planet of the Drums crew alongside fellow drum ‘n bass pioneers AK1200, Dieselboy, & J Messinian, this Irish transplant has been a dominant figure in the U.S. drum ‘n bass scene since his arrival here in 1994. His discography includes 2 critically acclaimed full length artist albums, 8 DJ mix CDs, as well as numerous singles and remixes for artists such as Freq Nasty, Afrika Bambaata and Keoki. Along with DJ DB, Dara co-founded the nation’s first & largest drum ‘n bass record store, Breakbeat Science, in NYC which doubles as his own imprint, Breakbeat Science Recordings. He has been featured in countless magazine articles and interviews both in the US and worldwide. He previously hosted one of the internet’s most popular drum ‘n bass broadcasts, Velocity, where he regularly interviewed leading drum ‘n bass artists such as Jonny L, Kemistry & Storm, Trace, Ed Rush, Optical, Hype, Andy C, Zinc, and many others. Dara’s long standing relationships with the world’s drum ‘n bass elite gives him access to an astounding amount of new and unreleased material. His brilliant recording endeavors along with his incessant touring marked by consistently awe-inspiring DJ sets have made him one of the most recognized and well respected DJs in the country. After a lengthy hiatus, 2012 sees DJ Dara return to the studio to produce the kind of beats he wants to hear. Watch this space……


Apart What / where / who was your first experience of electronic music?
DJ Dara Mid-80s industrial-Throbbing Gristle, SPK etc. Then in 1988 I heard acid house and it was game over. No turning back.

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
DJ Dara London pirate radio DJs-Dj Hype, DJ Rap, Coolhand Flex, Fabio, Grooverider. This was before jungle even existed tho

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words?
DJ Dara Rough + Smooth = Contrast 😉

Apart What are your top fav 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
DJ Dara I’ve had great times all over the world but off the top of my head – Puerto Rico, Los Angeles and NYC (of course;)

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
DJ Dara Not done enough Asia. Only done Japan and Taiwan so there’s a lot more spots in Asia I wanna hit.

Apart Do you have any of your productions out? If so on what labels?
DJ Dara Several releases on Breakbeat Science, Orgone & SMILE. New one coming on Herd Killing with Silent Killer & Breaker.

Apart Youtube us one track that we can expect to hear you play in Milwaukee?
DJ Dara This tune didn’t get enough love as it was a b-side but it never gets old for me

Apart When your not listening to electronic music, what do you like to listen to?
DJ Dara Proper dub reggae, ya know, the kind that involved SPACE. Also Nina Hagen, The Birthday Party, latin, african.

Apart What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee or the Midwest?
DJ Dara Always great crowd response in Milwaukee. Whether a big POTD show at The Rave or a small club night. And cheese curds.

Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
DJ Dara have read every Winnie The Pooh book cover to cover, multiple times. And proud of it! 🙂