British born synth-pop artist Darren Ockert is an international man of many talents. Now based in Miami the accomplished indie pop singer, songwriter and producer was born and raised in Lincoln, England. After graduating from the prestigious London School of Musical Theatre, he established a theatre production company called Darren Ockert Productions in London at the Young Vic Theatre. In 1999 Darren became one of the youngest producers to win a prestigious TMA Award for his co-production with the Young Vic Theatre Company of Arabian Nights, which played on 42nd Street in New York City at the New Victory Theater.
Darrens solo-artist career began in 2005 with the album Anything Is Possible, which he recorded, produced and released on Shark Meat, his own label. The record received much critical acclaim and landed him a nomination in the 2006 OutMusic Awards for Outstanding New Artist. Darren opened the awards show, held at The Knitting Factory in New York City, with Out Of The Rain, the second single from the album. Anything Is Possible appeared on the 2006 Grammys initial voting ballot, and Darren also appeared on the 2007 Grammys initial voting ballot for co-writing and producing Grace Garlands album Lovers Never Lie (In Bed).
After touring and releasing a series of remixes from Anything Is Possible, Darren released the single and music video Celebrity du Jour (Shark Meat), which was quickly in rotation on MTV Networks LOGO channel. The music video was directed by award-winning director Edouard Nammour and Susan de Palma.
2012 saw the release of the critically acclaimed The Rain From London (Shark Meat), a four-track EP featuring a title track that tips a Union Jack umbrella to Londons famous wet weather. Inspired by 80s UK pop, Darren harnessed that energy and infused it with a fresh sophistication for a sound that is memorably powerful and poetic. The EP received five nominations in the 2012 RightOutTV Music & Video Awards and the track This Modern Life (1984) won the award for Best Electronic Song. The song Force of Gravity was also a finalist in the 2012 UK Songwriting Contest.
In early 2013 Darren released You Dont Know Me, the first single from his second studio album Short Story Long. The single and accompanying music video launched Darrens #YouDontKnowMe Project. The #YouDontKnowMe Project is an interactive forum inviting people to post videos sharing personal stories of overcoming prejudices. Darren hopes that this project can help to destroy stereotypes and help people realize that we are more alike than we are different.
If you haven’t heard of Darren Ockert by now, then it’s about time you did.
Youre about to make room for a new addition to your musical library.