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Questions Top100 DJs 2007 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:19

Style: 
Trance, progressive, electro and a bit of breaks.
Best known for: 
The Nocturnal radio show.
Tune of the year: 
The Freelance Hellraiser 'Weightlessness (Puzique Remix)' It's a techno-electro dirty, grungy-sounding track that works anywhere.
Producer of 2007: 
Trentemøller, for pushing things forward with 'Moan'.
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2007: 
Tenishia or Nick Terranova.
Your musical inspiration: 
Discovering new music.
Best festival on the planet: 
Burning Man
Best bit of kit: 
My Mac laptop. Everything I do to do with music is on it.
What tune makes you cry: 
A good tune only ever makes me smile and there are too many to mention this past year.
Naughtiest thing you've done this year: 
I really can't remember doing anything naughty this year, honest!

Leicester-born Darey first made his name as a trance producer in 1994, while at university, and became well known for his work for the 'Euphoria' series. He produced a long list of hit trance records and remixes, including Binary Finary's '1998', ATB's 'Til I Come' and Grace's 'Not Over Yet'. Then he took a few years off and reinvented himself as a DJing all-rounder.
"I wasn't really a DJ before, it was more of a hobby," he says. "If you take it seriously, you need to be able to play all different styles."

Now he's the man behind the Nocturnal podcast, which has become one of the biggest syndicated dance shows in the world, broadcasting each weekend on 116 FM stations, across 36 countries. The show focuses on more than just trance, taking in "electro, progressive, breaks, a little bit of everything". Guests on the show have included Sasha, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and Ferry Corsten.
Darey is also responsible for the Nocturnal parties, which this year have toured all over the USA, Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Europe. He's just released the debut 'Nocturnal' compilation; he runs his own label, Darey Products; and is currently working on a new artist album in a whole new "rocktronica" style.

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