There are very few DJ’s in the world whose dedication to the cause is such that it renders their biography as unimportant. In this day and age, every DJ or producer has a biography that is nothing more than something for promoters to cut & paste as part of their Facebook invite description. Darius Syrossian on the other hand is very much a DJ’s DJ who believes actions speak louder than words. Given the choice, he’d ban all biographies and be blissfully happy being judged, as all DJs should be, on 1 thing only: Music!
Alas, we live in a world where we crave information instantly and have no time to make well informed decisions at the drop of a hat. A minute too late and the last ticket has been sold… for this we package up a career in less than a 1000 words. In the case of Darius, it’s more of a mission statement than a biography.
Since moving to the UK as a 14 year old, his fascination with electronic music has never waned, having initially been infected by its futuristic lure at an underground party back in 1991. Taking formative influences from New York, Detroit and Chicago masters such as Kenny Dope, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick May, DJ Sneak and Carl Craig, a pure and unadulterated house sound has always been Darius’ pre-occupation in place of passing fads or zeitgeist defining trends.
The last few years have been a blur to say the least. Tirelessly touring, remixing, producing as well as taking on new musical commitments has seen Darius catapulted from ‘the worker’s champion’ in Ibiza to an international brand that is a symbol of non-conformist DJing and a musical pigeon hole destroyer all rolled into one. Anyone that knows Darius via his social media circles, knows he’s not one to sit quietly while anyone with a poorly formed opinion is negative about the scene he so clearly loves. This is one of the many reasons for Darius’s bonafide popularity. The whole reason he became such a hit with the workers and the movers & shakers in Ibiza was because he was and still is all about the music. He doesn’t care about DJ top 100’s, who’s cool and who’s not, he cares about playing the music he loves and giving the dancefloor the best night of their lives as unlike many DJ’s, Darius remembers his time on the dancefloor and his humble beginnings working in his local record store for very little gain other than a way of feeding his thirst for music. Everyone could see this and his popularity has gained at a frightening rate over the last few years and shows no sign of stopping. Darius’ success in Ibiza over recent years saw him become resident at Viva Warriors, which he gave his all for 2 years and when he felt he’d gone as far as he could with them, he parted company and teamed up with the Sankeys brand to relaunch the huge Tribal Sessions night where Darius’ position as Musical Director and main resident DJ saw it instantly become one of the best parties on the island in its first year. The annual clubbing awards in Ibiza voted it best night at Sankeys and Darius as best house DJ of 2014. Usually he would take this with a pinch of salt but it was voted for by the public, which is the only real opinion that Darius recognizes. This lead to a relaunch in Manchester and saw every show become a sell out. Darius put a hold of any Friday gigs for 14 weeks just so he could do a proper residency, once again turning down big money offers to play all over the world, as he wanted to prove that being a resident DJ is still one of the most important aspects of club culture and there is more to this scene than being a gun for hire to the highest bidder.
This residency won Darius DJ Magazine’s Best of British award for best resident DJ of 2014.
Darius’ booking choices as musical director of Tribal Sessions mirrored that of his DJ style. In his eyes there are only 2 types of music, good & bad. The incessant need to pigeonhole clubbers and music genres is something that Darius strongly defies. He comes from a background where house & techno stand side by side and are the ‘blue’ & ‘yellow’ in his ‘green’ DJ sets if you excuse the analogy. Darius is all about pushing musical boundaries within the confines of the music he loves. That is one thing that will never change. A mix of old skool & new skool techno DJ’s such as Jeff Mills, Derrick May, MRG Live, Rohad, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Marcel Fengler, Recondite and even the eclectic Francois K were all drafted in to spin alongside house heads such as Sidney Charles, Sante, Hector Couto & Move D which just went to prove that Darius is not interested in the latest media hype but proven artists with one thing in common, great music.
Not only was 2014 a great year for Darius in terms of his impact on Tribal Sessions but personally as a recording artist & DJ. His debut album hit number 1 on the album sales chart which included 16 brand new productions which were mixed live at Sankeys Manchester on 1 of the double CD’s. Darius is one of those rare breed of producers where his sound is unique and recognizable which sets him apart from the rest of the field just like his older counterparts Todd Terry & DJ Sneak.
2015 is proving to be another huge year for Darius. Relentless touring, spreading his sound around the world has now seen him play pretty much every major festival in the world taking in too many countries to list, spread over every continent on the globe. His rather public split with Sankeys has changed his Summer plans with shows including Space opening, Kehakuma at Space and his newest residency Do Not Sleep at Vista alongside his brothers in arms Sidney Charles & Sante who repaid Darius’s faith in them by leaving Sankeys also to work with him on this new venture. Now a free agent, it didn’t take long for The Warehouse Project to approach Darius to snap him up for his services in Manchester for his army of followers. New music is forthcoming also on DJ Sneak's ‘I'm a house gangster’ label, Hector Couto's Roush label, Sante's Avotre label, not to mention new productions in the pipeline. The continuation of his radio show will please his thousands of followers who want to stay up to date with his latest promos and exclusives in the guise of his new brand for his label & radio show, Our Rhythm.
If one thing is for certain, Darius hasn’t broken the mould of what a house & techno DJ should be, he was cast from the same mould like the scene’s forefathers and is most definitely a safe pair of hands to carry it on…